Clinical Decision-Support Systems

Mark A. Musen, Yuval Shahar, Edward H. Shortliffe

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After reading this chapter, you should know the answers to these questions: What are three requirements for an excellent decision-making system?
What are three decision-support roles for computers in clinical medicine?
How has the use of computers for clinical decision support evolved since the1960s?What is a knowledge-based system?
What influences account for the gradual improvement in professional attitudes toward use of computers for clinical decision support?
What are the five dimensions that characterize clinical decision-support tools?What are clinical-practice guidelines, and what are the challenges in providing guideline-based decision support?
What are the principal scientific challenges in building useful and acceptable clinical decision-support tools?
What legal and regulatory barriers could affect distribution of clinical decisionsupport technologies?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiomedical Informatics
Subtitle of host publicationComputer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine
EditorsEdward H. Shortliffe, James J. Cimino
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherSpringer New York
ISBN (Electronic)9780387362786
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Publication series

NameHealth Informatics
ISSN (Electronic)2197-3741


  • Healthcare Worker
  • Clinical Information System
  • Frequency Weight
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Arden Syntax


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