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A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of Dublin Institute of Technology for the degree of M.Sc. in Computing (Stream) 2/3/2023.


The process of discharging patients from a tertiary care hospital, is one of the key activities to ensure the efficient and effective operation of a hospital. However, the decision to discharge a patient from a hospital is complex, as it requires multiple interactions with nurses, family, consultants, health information records and doctors, which can be very time consuming and prone to error. This thesis descries how a neural network based Clinical Decision Support system can be developed, to help in the decision making process and dramatically reduce the time and effort in running the discharge process in a hospital. A neural network model was developed using approximately one year of historical snapshots of inpatient information from a 180 bed hospital in Ireland. The model used a diverse set of inputs, which included a variety of patient metrics such as temperature, heart rate and length of stay etc, but also included more complex free text inputs such as patient progress notes and doctor’s reports.

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