AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fifth IAAI Conference

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An Antimicrobial Prescription Surveillance System that Learns from Experience
Mathieu Beaudoin, Froduald Kabanza, Vincent Nault, Louis Valiquette

Last modified: 2013-06-28


Inappropriate prescribing of antimicrobials is a major clinical and health concern, as well as a financial burden, in hospitals worldwide. In this paper, we describe a deployed automated antimicrobial prescription surveillance system that has been assisting hospital pharmacists in identifying and reporting inappropriate antimicrobial prescriptions. One of the key characteristics of this system is its ability to learn new rules for detecting inappropriate prescriptions based on previous false alerts. The supervised learning algorithm combines instance-based learning and rule induction techniques. It exploits temporal abstraction to extract a meaningful time interval representation from raw clinical data, and applies nearest neighbor classification with a distance function on both temporal and non-temporal parameters. The learning capability is valuable both in configuring the system for initial deployment and improving its long term use. We give an overview of the application, point to lessons learned so far and provide insight into the machine learning capability.


Classification; Temporal Data Mining; Interval Sequence; Instance-Based Learning; Antimicrobial Optimization

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