Computer-Assisted Decision Making

Computer-based decision support software can assist in arriving at decisions regarding diagnoses and diagnostic workup, therapy choices, and prognoses. Generally, such software systems function by interpreting data about patients using biomedical knowledge that has been encoded into the software. The results of these interpretations are often decision alternatives that are pertinent to the patient under consideration and are presented to the users of the software to assist them in their decision making. The users of the software may be clinicians or patients.


A decision support software system has several conceptual components:

  • An inferencing approach typically embodied in an algorithm that enables the system to interpret patient data based on the knowledge available to the system. Examples of such approaches include Bayesian inferencing and production rule ...
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