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use cases for the flyer

From: Dunja Ewinger <de@webxcerpt.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2007 15:57:51 +0200
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To: W3C SWEO IG <public-sweo-ig@w3.org>
Dear all,

attached you find some stories for the first page of the flyer. I am not 
sure whether they are suitable for the flyer.
If you have a better "hot" story, please let me know!

Best regards,
Dunja

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1. use case

Consider a scenario in which a patient arrives at an emergency room with possible
Pulmonary Embolus (PE).
The condition of the patient is giving cause for concern. Obviously the clinician has to act very fast. He has to consider whether to make a standard diagnostic test (MDCTA) for PE utilizing contrast agents. But in order not to endanger the patient’s life the clinician would need different kind of information about the patient that come from different data sources.
The Semantic Web provides a knowledge base that combines information such as a medication list, laboratory data, diagnosis list, allergy list, and documentation data in the electronic health record. Furthermore it does automatically reasoning with the knowledge in order to support decisions.
As the emergency clinician enters data indicating PE as a likely diagnosis, this knowledge base should prompt the clinician to further assess if the patient has allergies, renal dysfunction or pregnancy which might contra-indicate using a contrast agent. This knowledge must also guide data entry into clinical documentation forms or guide the ordering of relevant laboratory tests. 
Further, this knowledge source should recommend alternative radiology interventions if the patient indeed cannot undergo MDCTA.

That is the goal of the semantic web: let computers do more useful work with diverse set of data, automatically.


2. use case

All medical doctors are very aware of the fact that every human being is unique. 
Though the symptoms of a desease may be the same, the therapy is often not. 
Because each person has a unique set of genes, certain individuals will respond better than others to any given drug. 
Considering this a medical doctor would need diverse information about the habits of his patient, the environments he lives in, possible allergies and many more before he can define the right doses of the medicine the patient need.
The challenge, of course, is to somehow meld a bewildering combination of data sets that describe this person and possible drug regimens. 
What’s more, scientists working on the problem must deal with heterogeneous information from microscopy, journal articles, chemical compounds and networks of biological pathways. 
The intelligent semantic integration of data across such disparate domains is daunting. 
The Semantic Web has the potential to surmount these hurdles.
By
- Providing a common framework…
- … that allows data to be shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries. 
- Reasoning with data and offering different views over the data

That is the goal of the semantic web: let computers do more useful work with diverse set of data, automatically.

3. use case

Consider following scenario: Mrs. Smith suffers from depressions and is now searching for a psychotherapist in her hometown. She uses a common search engine and keys in the words “psychotherapist”, “depressions” and the name of her hometown.
The list of results is huge. Mrs. Smith selects the links that point directly to surgeries. Unfortunately in this list are now also psychotherapists that are specified in other fields.  It takes her some time to sort these out as well as those she can’t reach by public transports. Of course to manage this she has to look these surgeries up on a city map beforehand. Finally she sorts out the psychotherapist without evaluations or with negative evaluations.
For the remaining psychotherapists, Mrs. Smith checks their office hours with her calendar. Of course at this point she cannot be sure whether she has overlooked any psychotherapists.

Wouldn't you agree that this should be faster and easier?

The Semantic Web has the potentiel to surmount this problems.
The idea of the Semantic Web is to enrich data in the web in order to make them not only comprehensible for human beings but also for machines in a way that enables them to automatically reason over the data. The benefit is that the computer already combines information and offers a well selected and structured liost of results

That is the goal of the semantic web: let computers do more useful work with diverse set of data, automatically.
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