SOFTWARE AGENTS REPRESENTING MEDICAL GUIDELINES

John McGrory, Frank Clarke, Jane Grimson, Peter Gaffney

Abstract

Guidelines are self-contained documents which healthcare professionals reference to obtain specific disease or medical condition knowledge for a particular population cohort. They view these documents and apply known facts about their patients to access useful supportive information to aid in developing a diagnosis or manage a condition. Traditional CIG models decompose these guidelines into workflow plans, which are then called using certain motivational trigger conditions controlled by a centralised management engine. Therefore, CIG guidelines are not self-contained documents, which specialise in a particular condition or disease, but are effectively a list of workflow plans, which are called and used when the patient information is available. The software BDI agent offers an alternative approach which more closely matches the modus operandi of narrative based medical guidelines. An agent’s beliefs capture information attributes, plans capture the deliberative and action attributes, and desire captures the motivational attributes of the guideline in a self-contained autonomous software module. This synergy between the narrative guideline and the BDI agent offers an improved solution for computerising medical guidelines when compared to the CIG approach.

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McGrory J., Clarke F., Grimson J. and Gaffney P. (2008). SOFTWARE AGENTS REPRESENTING MEDICAL GUIDELINES . In Proceedings of the First International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111-16-6, pages 142-147. DOI: 10.5220/0001036501420147


in Bibtex Style

@conference{healthinf08,
author={John McGrory and Frank Clarke and Jane Grimson and Peter Gaffney},
title={SOFTWARE AGENTS REPRESENTING MEDICAL GUIDELINES},
booktitle={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2008)},
year={2008},
pages={142-147},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001036501420147},
isbn={978-989-8111-16-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the First International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2008)
TI - SOFTWARE AGENTS REPRESENTING MEDICAL GUIDELINES
SN - 978-989-8111-16-6
AU - McGrory J.
AU - Clarke F.
AU - Grimson J.
AU - Gaffney P.
PY - 2008
SP - 142
EP - 147
DO - 10.5220/0001036501420147