Michael Blechner

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We report on the use of Contextual Design (CD) to develop models of the information management, resource integration, and collaborative processes of medical students in problem-based learning groups. CD is a modified ethnographic technique designed to provide a detailed understanding of the user's needs. Although the technique has been used in(More)
Online laboratory manuals have developed into an important gateway to the laboratory. Clinicians increasingly expect up-to-date laboratory test information to be readily available online. During the past decade, sophisticated Internet search technology has developed, permitting rapid and accurate retrieval of a wide variety of content. We studied the role(More)
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Ontologies are built to establish standard terminologies representing a semantic agreement between humans and knowledge systems via representational frameworks (e.g., KIF, DAML+OIL, OWL, etc.) that have been proposed in the research community, with limited adoption in industry. One possible reason is a lack of a formal model and associated process to more(More)
Laboratory medicine is not adequately addressed in most medical school curricula. A review of the literature was performed to evaluate the feasibility of an intelligent tutoring system to enhance laboratory medicine training. This appraisal suggests that such a system must integrate basic science and clinical training. A system equipped with a clinical(More)
Today's systems use a myriad of data formats (e.g., XML, RDF, JSON, SOAP, etc.) for data exchange and sharing. This is particularly true for health care, where patient information is stored in different locations via electronic media and/or hardcopy formats. Such information is of interest to: providers (MDs, RNs, therapists, etc.) to support patient care;(More)
Background & Problem Definition Medical education in the United States is under increasing strain due to a number of influences. This paper will briefly describe some of the challenges in modern medical education and propose a potential, partial solution using artificial intelligence techniques to design intelligent tutoring software.
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