To develop technology to support the use of guidelines in medicine. These must be translated into computerized protocols for which there is a need of a specification languages and tools to run them and integrate their use with an electronic patient record. One such tool is a protocol manager that based on the specification of the protocol and the data on the patient records schedules medical acts (in the form of recommendations to the health care user).
Started in February 1997 and was concluded in December 1998.
Funding entity: European Union - Healthcare Telematics.
Principal researcher: Pedro Barahona.
Researcher: Francisco Azevedo.
The main results of the project were a) the implementation of a protocol manager that takes into account the PRESTIGE protocol and b) the implementation of a prototype protocol for the management of Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM) patients. The protocol manager was integrated into the clinical information system developed by CENTIS, a partner of the project, so that protocol state could change whenever relevant information was entered in the patient record. Additionally, such changes in the protocol state was communicated to the clinical information system front end, in order to notify the user about the medical tasks relevant to the management of the patient. This prototype was used to implement the NIDDM protocol.
This protocol was based on a guideline for the management of diabetes that is now used in several countries worldwide. In particular, it was adopted in the Portuguese Health Services, and the medical advise regarding the medical knowledge embedded in the protocol that was implemented was supplied by the Health Service Administration of the Lisbon and Tejo Valley Region.
With the participation of 30 European partners.