Lucy Hederman

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Clinical guidelines can be represented using models, such as GLIF, specifically designed for healthcare guidelines. This paper demonstrates that they can also be modelled using a mainstream business modelling language such as UML. The paper presents a guideline in GLIF and as UML activity diagrams, and then presents a mapping of GLIF primitives to UML. The(More)
Although clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) have been suggested as a means of encapsulating best practice in evidence-based medical treatment, their usage in clinical environments has been disappointing. Criticisms of guideline representations have been that they are predominantly narrative and are difficult to incorporate into clinical information(More)
This study investigates role of defeasible reasoning and argumenta-tion theory for decision-support in the health-care sector. The main objective is to support clinicians with a tool for taking plausible and rational medical decisions that can be better justified and explained. The basic principles of argumentation theory are described and demonstrated in a(More)
In this paper, we give an overview of methadone treatment in Ireland and outline the rationale for designing an electronic healthcare record (EHR) with extensibility, interoperability and decision support functionality. Incorporating the openEHR standard, we designed a set of archetypes in line with the current best practice and clinical guidelines. They(More)
Business analytics (BA) is increasingly being utilised by radiology departments to analyse and present data. It encompasses statistical analysis, forecasting and predictive modelling and is used as an umbrella term for decision support and business intelligence systems. The primary aim of this study was to determine whether utilising BA technologies could(More)
Clinical guidelines are central to the implementation of clinical decision support systems (CDSSs). Addition or revision of clinical guidelines usually causes the (re-) development of new or existing CDSSs. The separate maintenance of clinical knowledge and their driving systems implies extra system development cost and low knowledge delivery efficiency. We(More)
The use of routinely available electronic sources of healthcare data on the spread of influenza has the potential to enhance current surveillance activities. This study aimed to develop a method for identifying influenza-related records from general practitioner(GP) out-of-hours (OOH) services in Ireland. Data from one such service were interrogated for(More)