Internet-based Knowledge Acquisition and Management Method to Build Large-scale Medical Expert Systems

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Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 24th Annual Conference and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES / EMBS)


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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The Internet has opened up an unprecedented opportunity to build up powerful large-scale medical expert systems. In these systems, a cost-effective medical knowledge acquisition and management scheme is highly desirable to handle the large quantities of, often conflicting, medical information collected from medical experts in different medical domains and from different regions. To this end, in this paper, we demonstrate that a medical knowledge acquisition/management system can be built upon a three-tier distributed client/server structure. The knowledge in the system is stored/managed in three knowledge bases, and the knowledge flow through these knowledge bases is dependent on the degree of the maturity of the medical know-how. Furthermore, to facilitate the knowledge representation in these knowledge bases as well as information retrieval across the Internet, an 8-digit coding scheme is proposed. At present, a medical knowledge acquisition and management system based on the proposed method is being tested in clinics. The preliminary results showed that the method is a viable solution to build and grow a medical expert system through the Internet.


Information retrieval; Internet; Knowledge acquisition; Knowledge management; Knowledge representation; Large-scale systems; Medical expert systems; Medical tests; Power system management; System testing


Controls and Control Theory | Electrical and Computer Engineering | Electrical and Electronics | Electromagnetics and Photonics | Electronic Devices and Semiconductor Manufacturing | Power and Energy | Signal Processing | Systems and Communications




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