Mobile case-based decision support for intelligent patient knowledge management

Dympna O'Sullivan, Eoin McLoughlin, Michela Bertolotto, David C. Wilson

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Hospitals everywhere are integrating health data using electronic health record (EHR) systems, and disparate and multimedia patient data can be input by different caregivers at different locations as encapsulated patient profiles. Healthcare institutions are also using the flexibility and speed of wireless computing to improve quality and reduce costs. We are developing a mobile application that allows doctors to efficiently record and access complete and accurate real-time patient information. The system integrates medical imagery with textual patient profiles as well as expert interactions by healthcare personnel using knowledge management and case-based reasoning techniques. The application can assist other caregivers in searching large repositories of previous patient cases. Patients' symptoms can be input to a portable device and the application can quickly retrieve similar profiles which can be used to support effective diagnoses and prognoses by comparing symptoms, treatments, diagnosis, test results and other patient information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-193
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


  • decision support systems
  • diagnostic imaging
  • humans
  • medical informatics
  • medical record linkage
  • telecommunications


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