The Benefits of an Ontological Patient Model in Clinical Decision-Support

Mark Austin, Matthew Kelly, Mike Brady

We have developed an application, MDTSuite, designed to support complex group decision making under difficult conditions including time pressure, incomplete information, changing group members and ever expanding guidelines. Taking the colorectal cancer MDT (Multi-Disciplinary-Team) meetings at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford as our test case, we have been trialling the software live in the hospital providing decision support for clinicians discussing real patients. MDTSuite is an application integrating an ontological data model with an argumentation-based decision-support system, showing how the combination of leading technologies OWL, SPARQL and Jena can be used to achieve this.

Subjects: 1.7 Expert Systems; 11.2 Ontologies

Submitted: Apr 9, 2008


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