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AuthorWarner, Homer R. author
TitleKnowledge Engineering in Health Informatics [electronic resource] / by Homer R. Warner, Dean K. Sorenson, Omar Bouhaddou
ImprintNew York, NY : Springer New York : Imprint: Springer, 1997
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Descript XVI, 265 p. online resource


This monograph series is intended to provide medical information scienยญ tists, health care administrators, physicians, nurses, other health care proยญ viders, and computer science professionals with successful examples and experiences of computer applications in health care settings. Through these computer applications, we attempt to show what is effective and efficient, and hope to provide guidance on the acquisition or design of medical information systems so that costly mistakes can be avoided. Health care provider organizations such as hospitals and clinics are experiencing large demands for clinical information because of a transition from a "fee-for-service" to a "capitation-based" health care economy. This transition changes the way health care services are being paid for. Previยญ ously, nearly all health care services were paid for by insurance companies after the services were performed. Today, many procedures need to be pre approved and many charges for clinical services must be justified to the insurance plans. Ultimately, in a totally capitated system, the more patient care services are provided per patient, the less profitable the health care provider organization will be. Clearly, the financial risks have shifted from the insurance carriers to the health care provider organizations. For hospitals and clinics to assess these financial risks, management needs to know what services are to be provided and how to reduce them without impacting the quality of care. The balancing act of reducing costs but maintaining health care quality and patient satisfaction requires accurate information about the clinical services


1 Background and Legacy -- Overview -- Knowledge Representation and Computation Methodologies -- 2 The Expert System Model -- to Modeling -- Choosing a System to Model -- Choosing a Model -- 3 Iliad: The Model Used for This Text -- The Frame Concept -- The Probabilistic Model: Dealing with Uncertainty -- Probabilistic Information -- Heuristics That Improve the Model -- 4 The Data Dictionary: Limiting the Domain of the Model -- Organization of the Dictionary -- Context Versus Concept -- Hierarchical Relationships -- Granularity of the Dictionary -- Modifying the Dictionary -- Knowledge Contained in the Dictionary -- Inferencing from the Hierarchy -- Word Relations -- Data Relations -- 5 The Knowledge Engineering Process -- How to Structure/Model the Knowledge -- The Overall Process -- Knowledge Sources: Advantages and Limitations of Each -- Which Findings to Include in a Frame -- Probabilistic and Deterministic Logic -- Reasons to Cluster -- Types of Clusters -- Frames That Return a Value -- Estimating Probabilities -- Testing Frames in Isolation -- Sources of Error -- Tools to Facilitate the Knowledge Engineering Process -- Combining Frames into a Working System -- 6 Evaluation of the Model -- Testing and Refining the Compiled Knowledge -- Appropriateness of Decisions Based on Data Entered by Experts -- Testing with Data Newly Entered from Patient Charts -- Testing with Cases Stored Earlier -- Modifying Source Frames As Required: The Iterative Process -- 7 Applications of the Model -- Modes of Use -- The User Interface -- Minimal Diagnosis -- Bayes Calculator -- Interfaces to Other Knowledge -- Compromises -- 8 Lessons Learned -- Teaching Medical Clerks, Physician Assistants, and Other Trainees -- As a Tool for Preauthorization -- As a Screening Tool for Quality Improvement -- Commercial Users of Iliad -- 9 Knowledge Engineering Tools -- Knowledge Acquisition -- Structuring and Coding the Knowledge -- Testing the Knowledge Base -- Summary -- 10 Example Knowledge Bases -- The Knowledge Engineering Class -- Medical and Pediatric HouseCall -- Symptom Analysis -- Deriving HouseCall from Iliad -- Knowledge Engineering for HouseCall -- 11 Future Challenges -- Links to Patient Data: Client Server/Version of Iliad -- Future Directions -- References -- Appendices -- 1 Example Hierarchies of Top-Level Diseases (Final Diagnoses) in Various Medical Specialties -- 2 Approximate Estimated Prevalences for Selected Top-Level Diseases in a Family Practice Setting, Categorized by Specialty -- 3 Using the Iliad KE Tool -- 4 Some Example โ{128}{156}Domain-Specificโ{128}{157} Symptom Lists -- 5 Example Data Relations -- 6 Example Word Relations

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