Juha Puustjärvi, Leena Puustjärvi


The number of new medications increases every year. As a result also the amount of new instructions concerning new medication increases rapidly. A problem is how to ensure that the employers of the medicinal organizations are aware of the relevant medicinal instructions. In this paper, we restrict ourselves on this problem. In particular, we consider three complementary ways for the dissemination of medicinal instructions: (i) by providing keyword-based searching of instructions (ii), by providing ontology-based searching of instructions, and (iii) by integrating the instructions to employers´ day-to-day work tasks. Our argument is that integration is most preferable as medicinal instructions are provided just-in-time, tailored to their specific needs, and integrated into day-to-day work patterns. However, automating the integration of instructions to day-to-day work pattern is not an easy task. In our solution, day-to-day work patterns are described by BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) and BPMN’s association- notation is used for integrating the instructions to BPMN-processes. The integration of the tasks and instructions is based either on a medicinal ontology or a taxonomy. The ontology specifies the relationships of the day-to-day tasks and the medicinal instructions. The taxonomy is used for attaching metadata items for the tasks and instructions, and so the integration of the tasks and instructions can be done based on the similarity of their metadata descriptions.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Puustjärvi J. and Puustjärvi L. (2009). MANAGING MEDICINAL INSTRUCTIONS . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009) ISBN 978-989-8111-63-0, pages 105-110. DOI: 10.5220/0001122401050110

in Bibtex Style

author={Juha Puustjärvi and Leena Puustjärvi},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)
SN - 978-989-8111-63-0
AU - Puustjärvi J.
AU - Puustjärvi L.
PY - 2009
SP - 105
EP - 110
DO - 10.5220/0001122401050110