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A problem solving expert system is provided which is particularly useful in managing the health care of individual patients. A description of a problem (e.g., medical condition) and a proposed solution therefor (e.g., medical procedure) is entered via a user interface. A topical library is searched to identify information relevant to the problem and proposed solution. Access to the identified information is available in either a full text or synopsis format, to assist a user in assessing the appropriateness of the proposed solution. An inference engine provides a recommendation to the user as to the appropriateness of the proposed solution based on information entered via the user interface and rules associated with the inference engine. A user can interact with the inference engine in either a structured or guided mode. The structured mode is directed to inexperienced users and dynamically generates questions in response to previous answers provided by the user to enable the inference engine to make its recommendation. The guided mode is directed to experienced users and provides a predefined questionnaire enabling the user to decide which questions to answer in order to obtain a recommendation.

Title
Expert system for providing interactive assistance in solving problems such as health care management
Application Number
8/136649
Publication Number
5517405
Application Date
October 14, 1993
Publication Date
May 14, 1996
Inventor
Joe Held
West Hartford
CT, US
Jeff Wayand
Granby
CT, US
Brian Higgins
East Haven
CT, US
David L Potash
Glastonbury
CT, US
Peter D McAndrew
Centerbrook
CT, US
Agent
Barry R Lipsitz
Assignee
AETNA Life and Casualty Company
CT, US
IPC
G06F 17/60
G06F 159/00
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