Medical knowledge representation within heartfaid platform

Dragan Gamberger, Marin Prcela, Alan Jović, Tomislav Šmuc, Ganfranco Parati, Mariaconsuelo Valentini, Kalina Kawecka-Jaszcz, Katarzyna Styczkiewicz, Andrzej Kononowicz, Antonio Candelieri, Domenico Conforti, Rosita Guido

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The paper presents the results of the development of the knowledge base for the HEARTFAID platform. The means and methods used to collect, systematize and formalize medical knowledge, as well as to test the developed knowledge representation are described. The descriptive part of the knowledge base is realized as an ontology which conceptualizes the heart failure medical domain. The procedural part of the knowledge base is realized through sets of production rules. The procedural knowledge covers the tasks of heart failure diagnosis, severity assessment, treatment process, medication prescription and dosage, medication contraindications, prognosis estimation, and acute decompensation detection. Finally, medical plans are used to present medical actionable knowledge. Currently they are used only to systemize procedural knowledge development process but they present a challenge for the future work in the field of medical knowledge representation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHEALTHINF 2008 - 1st International Conference on Health Informatics, Proceedings
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event1st International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2008 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: Jan 28 2008Jan 31 2008


Other1st International Conference on Health Informatics, HEALTHINF 2008
CityFunchal, Madeira


  • Heart failure
  • Knowledge representation
  • Ontology
  • Production rules

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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