Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Colantonio S., Martinelli M., Moroni D., Salvetti O. Requirements and functional specifications of a clinical decision support system for the management of heart failure. Contribution to Deliverable D15-'Functional specifications of Data Processing&Decision Support Services' of the EU STREP Project 'HEARTFAID: a knowledge based platform for supporting the clinical management of elderly patients with heart'(IST-2005-027107). Technical report, 2007.
This technical report details part of the activity carried out within the European Project HEARTFAID, a knowledge based platform of services for supporting medical-clinical management of the heart failure within the elderly population. HEARTFAID aims at defining efficient and effective health care delivery organization and management models for an optimal patients management in the field of cardiovascular diseases. An informative and decision support platform of services will be devised for improving all the processes related to diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and personalization of health care of the Heart Failure (HF) in elderly population. To this end, innovative results on computational modelling, knowledge discovery methodologies, visualization and imaging techniques, and the medical knowledge of the relevant domain will be opportunely integrated to design and develop an effective and reliable Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS): the HEARTFAID CDSS, corresponding to the core of HEARTFAID intelligence. This system will be able to process clinical knowledge and patient-related information, intelligently filtered, processed and presented at appropriate times, to enhance patient care. It will be devised as a service of the HEARTFAID platform for providing an effective support to the daily practice of the clinicians, by implementing adequate data processing algorithms, by providing guidelines to medical protocols as well as access to the knowledge base, by sending alarms in case of critical situations, and by supplying diagnostic suggestions. The first, fundamental step towards the design and development of the HEARTFAID CDSS consists in analysing the requirements and specifying the functional details of both data processing and decision support services. This is precisely the aim of this report.
Subject Clinical Decision Support Systems
Heart Failure Management
Functional Specification
I.2.1 Applications and Expert Systems
I.4 Image Processing and Computer Vision

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