Framework and Architecture for the Management of Event-Condition-Action (ECA) Rule Based Clinical Protocols

Kudakwashe Dube, Dublin Institute of Technology
Bing Wu, Dublin Institute of Technology
Jane Grimson, Trinity College, Dublin

Document Type Conference Paper

Proceedings of the 15th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems. Maribor, Slovenia, June 2002


Computer-based support for the incorporation of clinical practice guidelines and protocol into daily practice has recently attracted a lot of research interest within the healthcare informatics area. The aim is not only to provide support for the flexible specification and execution of clinical guidelines or protocols but also the dynamic management of these guidelines or protocols. This paper presents a framework and architecture for the management of clinical protocols whose specification and execution models are based on the event-condition-action (ECA) rule paradigm.