Knowledge management as a decision support method: A diagnostic workup strategy application

Robert A. Greenes, David B. Tarabar, Madeline Krauss, Gina Anderson, Walter J. Wolnik, Lawrence Cope, Eric Slosser, William Hersh

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We have explored the potential of a computer-based approach called "knowledge management" to aid in clinical problem solving and education. The major features of the approach are its ability to support flexible and immediate access by a user to relevant knowledge and annotation and organization of the knowledge for personal use and subsequent retrieval. We illustrate this approach with its application to diagnostic workup strategy problems. In this application, knowledge may be in the form of static narrative text, diagrams, pictures, graphs, tables, flow charts, or bibliographic citations. Other more dynamic forms of knowledge may be the result of simulations, "what if" analyses or modeling, quantitative mathematical or statistical calculation, or heuristic inference. User assessment has demonstrated the system's ease of use and user perception of its desirability, but underscores the need for a "critical mass" of knowledge before such an approach will be widely utilized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-135
Number of pages23
JournalComputers and Biomedical Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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