Representing Temporal Patterns in Computer-Interpretable Clinical Guidelines

Authors António Silva, Tiago Oliveira, Paulo Novais, José Neves

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António Silva
Tiago Oliveira
Paulo Novais
José Neves

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António Silva, Tiago Oliveira, Paulo Novais, and José Neves. Representing Temporal Patterns in Computer-Interpretable Clinical Guidelines. In 2015 Imperial College Computing Student Workshop (ICCSW 2015). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 49, pp. 62-69, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2015)


Computer-Interpretable Guidelines (CIGs) as machine-readable versions of clinical protocols have to provide appropriate constructs for the representation of different aspects of medical knowledge, namely administrative information, workflows of procedures, clinical constraints and temporal constraints. This work focuses on the latter, by aiming to develop a comprehensive representation of temporal constraints for machine readable formats of clinical protocols and provide a proper execution engine that deals with different time patterns and constraints placed on them. A model for the representation of time is presented for the CompGuide ontology in Ontology Web language (OWL) along with a comparison with the available formalisms in this field.
  • Computer-Interpretable Guidelines
  • Temporal Constraints
  • Clinical Decision Support
  • Ontologies


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