Enhancing guideline-based decision support with distributed computation through local mobile application

Erez Shalom, Yuval Shahar, Ayelet Goldstein, Elior Ariel, Silvana Quaglini, Lucia Sacchi, Nick Fung, Valerie Jones, Tom Broens, G. García-Sáez, Elena Hernando

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We introduce the need for a distributed guideline-based decision support (DSS) process, describe its characteristics, and explain how we implemented this process within the European Union’s MobiGuide project. In particular, we have developed a mechanism of sequential, piecemeal projection, i.e., ‘downloading’small portions of the guideline from the central DSS server, to the local DSS in the patient’s mobile device, which then applies that portion, using the mobile device’s local resources. The mobile device sends acallbackto the central DSS when it encounters a triggering pattern predefined in the projected module, which leads to an appropriate predefined action by the central DSS, including sending a new projected module, or directly controlling the rest of the workflow. We suggest that such a distributed architecture that explicitly defines a dialog between a central DSS server and a local DSS module, better balances the computational load and exploits the relative advantages of the central server and of the local mobile device

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBusiness Process Management Workshops BPM 2014 International Workshops, Revised Papers
EditorsFabiana Fournier, Jan Mendling
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319158945
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventInternational Workshops on Business Process Management Workshops, BPM 2014 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 7 Sep 20148 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


ConferenceInternational Workshops on Business Process Management Workshops, BPM 2014


  • Clinical guidelines
  • Decision support
  • Distributed computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Information Systems and Management


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