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From: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 11:37:00 -0400
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Cc: public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Clinical practice guidelines and protocols are being applied in  
diverse areas including policy development, utilization management,  
education, reference, clinical decision support, conduct of clinical  
trials, and workflow facilitation. Many parties are engaged in  
developing guidelines, an arduous task with much redundancy and  
overlap among the resulting products, but there is little  
standardization to facilitate sharing or to enable adaptation to  
local practice settings.

GLIF is a specification for structured representation of guidelines.  
It was developed by the InterMed Collaboratory in order to facilitate  
sharing of clinical guidelines (Ohno-Machado, Gennari et al. 1998).  
The InterMed collaboratory was a joint project of medical informatics  
laboratories at Harvard (the Decision Systems Group at Brigham and  
Women's Hospital and Laboratory of Computer Science at Massachusetts  
General Hospital), Stanford, Columbia, and McGill Universities  
(Shortliffe, Barnett et al. 1996). That work is being continued under  
new funding by a subgroup of the InterMed collaborators, including  
the Decision Systems Group at Harvard, McGill, Columbia, Stanford,  
and the American College of Physicans-American Society of Internal  
Medicine. The objective of the GLIF specification is to provide a  
representation for guidelines that have the following characteristics:

* Precise
* Non-ambiguous
* Human-readable
* Computable (in the sense that guidelines specified in GLIF may be  
used for computer-based decision support)
* Independent of computing platforms (thus enabling sharing of  

Version 2.0 of GLIF (GLIF2) was published in 1998 (Ohno-Machado,  
Gennari et al. 1998). That version of GLIF has been the basis for  
several implementations of guideline-based applications, including  
one in the Brigham's BICS information system (Zielstorff, Teich et  
al. 1998). Web-based applications for driving clinical consultations  
(Boxwala, Greenes et al. 1999), and applications that search for  
eligible clinical protocols (Ohno-Machado, Wang et al. 1999). 
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