Document Type

Conference Paper


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Computer Sciences

Publication Details

The IEEE third International Symposium on Cooperative Database Systems for Advanced Applications (CODAS’01) Beijing, China. (2001)


This paper addresses issues of the active database application in the challenging healthcare area: the management and execution of computerised clinical practice guidelines/protocols. The problem of how to efficiently and effectively quey and manipulate the computerised clinical protocols/guidelines has posed a major challenge but received little research attention until very recently. By proposing a declarative modelling language (PLAN) with an Event-Condition-Action (ECA) mechanism for clinical test-ordering protocols, and an automatic mapping and management system (TOPS), this paper addresses this issue, in an important medical domain, from a unified approach based on an active rule mechanism. The work presented in this paper is part of an on-going research effort that investigates a new application domain for active databases, and proposes some new requirements towards the enhancements of active DBMS functionalities