Journal of Medical Systems

, 43:41 | Cite as

The Impact of Perioperative Data Science in Hospital Knowledge Management

  • Márcia BaptistaEmail author
  • José Braga Vasconcelos
  • Álvaro Rocha
  • Rita Silva
  • João Vidal Carvalho
  • Helena Gonçalves Jardim
  • António Quintal
Systems-Level Quality Improvement
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Health Information Systems & Technologies


Conservative practices, such as manual registry have limited scope regarding preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative decision making, knowledge discovery, analytical techniques and knowledge integration into patient care. To maximize quality and value, perioperative care is changing through new technological developments. In this context, knowledge management practices will enable future transformation and enhancements in healthcare services. By performing a data science and knowledge management research in the perioperative department at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça between 2013 and 2015, this paper describes its principal results. This study showed perioperative decision-making improvement by integrating data science tools on the perioperative electronic system (PES). Before the PES implementation only 1,2% of the nurses registered the preoperative visit and after 87,6% registered it. Regarding the patient features it was possible to assess anxiety and pain levels. A future conceptual model for perioperative decision support systems grounded on data science should be considered as a knowledge management tool.


Perioperative data science Knowledge management Clinical decision support systems Hospital information systems 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Márcia Baptista
    • 1
    Email author
  • José Braga Vasconcelos
    • 2
    • 3
  • Álvaro Rocha
    • 4
  • Rita Silva
    • 5
  • João Vidal Carvalho
    • 6
  • Helena Gonçalves Jardim
    • 7
  • António Quintal
    • 8
  1. 1.Information Technology Research DepartmentSantiago Compostela UniversitySantiagoSpain
  2. 2.Knowledge Management and Engineering Research GroupUniversidade AtlânticaBarcarenaPortugal
  3. 3.Centro de Administração e Políticas Públicas (CAPP) da Universidade de LisboaLisboaPortugal
  4. 4.Departamento de Engenharia InformáticaUniversidade de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  5. 5.Bloco OperatórioHospital Dr. Nélio MendonçaMadeiraPortugal
  6. 6.Politécnico do Porto, ISCAP, CEOS.PPS. Mamede de InfestaPortugal
  7. 7.Health Higher SchoolMadeira University and The Health Sciences Research Unit: NursingCoimbraPortugal
  8. 8.Universidade da MadeiraMadeiraPortugal

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