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The Oxford System of Medicine: A prototype information system for primary care

  • John Fox
  • Andrzej Glowinski
  • Michael O’Neil
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Medical Informatics book series (LNMED, volume 33)


The Oxford System of Medicine (OSM) is an experimental knowledge based system designed to satisfy requirements of information provision and decision support in general practice. A system of this type must address special problems caused by the wide medical scope of general practice; the variety of decisions taken by general practitioners, and the acute user-interface demands in this clinical setting. The aims of the OSM project, and the design and operation of the prototype are outlined. Three central aspects of the system are discussed: the user interface, organisation of the knowledge base, and the generalised approach to decision making developed during the project.


Medical Knowledge Rule Base Expert System Gastrointestinal Drug Imperial Cancer Research Fund General Practice Consultation 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Fox
    • 1
  • Andrzej Glowinski
    • 1
  • Michael O’Neil
    • 1
  1. 1.Imperial Cancer Research Fund LaboratoriesLincoln’s Inn FieldsLondonUK

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