Medical Knowledge Databases

  • Morris F. Collen
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Medical knowledge databases are collections of information about specific medical problems, and they are primarily designed to help clinicians make appropriate decisions in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients. Knowledge discovery is the process of automatically searching knowledge bases and other large computer databases for potentially useful or previously unknown information by using techniques from statistics and information science. Gabrieli (1978) estimated that a total and comprehensive medical-knowledge database required by a physician for the practice of the specialty of internal medicine might consist of about 210 distinct facts, compounded with patterns and probabilistic semantic relationships; and when treating a patient would need to include data gathered in the collection of the patient’s past and present medical history; the data that originated in the physician’s memory of related knowledge and experience; and the physician’s decision as to of probable diagnoses and treatments related to the patient’s problems.


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  • Morris F. Collen
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  1. 1.Division of ResearchOaklandUSA

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