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RE: [COI] seen on another list: GLIF

From: Kashyap, Vipul <VKASHYAP1@PARTNERS.ORG>
Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2007 11:38:32 -0400
Message-ID: <DBA3C02EAD0DC14BBB667C345EE2D124010F03DE@PHSXMB20.partners.org>
To: "Alan Ruttenberg" <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
Cc: "public-semweb-lifesci hcls" <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

Thanks for the pointer. We should definitely look at it some point.
For the most part, GLIF has been a non-starter with very few real world


Vipul Kashyap, Ph.D.
Senior Medical Informatician
Clinical Informatics R&D, Partners HealthCare System
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alan Ruttenberg [mailto:alanruttenberg@gmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2007 11:37 AM
> To: Kashyap, Vipul
> Cc: public-semweb-lifesci hcls
> Subject: [COI] seen on another list: GLIF
> http://www.glif.org/glif_main.html
> 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
> guidelines)
> 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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