Design of a modular, extensible decision support system for arrhythmia therapy JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL INFORMATICS ASSOCIATION Cheng, C. H., Sanders, G. D., McDonald, K. M., Heidenreich, P. A., Hlatky, M. A., Owens, D. K. 1998: 693-697


We developed a decision-support system for evaluation of treatment alternatives for supraventricular and ventricular arrhythmias. The system uses independent decision models that evaluate the costs and benefits of treatment for recurrent atrioventricular-node reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT), and of therapies to prevent sudden cardiac death (SCD) in patients at risk for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Each of the decision models is accessible through a web-based interface that enables remote users to browse the model's underlying evidence and to perform analyses of effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and sensitivity to input variables. Because the web-based interface is independent of the models, we can extend the functionality of the system by adding decision models. This system illustrates that the use of a library of web-accessible decision models provides decision support economically to widely dispersed users.

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