Capturing Provenance, Evolution and Modification of Clinical Protocols via a Heterogeneous, Semantic Social Network

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;225:592-6.


Healthcare delivery is largely based on medical best practices as in clinical protocols. Research so far has addressed the computerized execution of clinical protocols by developing a number of related representation languages, execution engines and integrated platforms to support real time execution. However, much less effort has been put into organizing clinical protocols for use and reuse. In this paper we propose a heterogeneous semantic social network to describe and organize clinical protocols based on their provenance, evolution and modifications. The proposed approach allows semantic tagging and enrichment of clinical protocols so that they can be used and re-used across platforms and also be linked directly to other relevant scientific information, e.g. published works in PubMed or personal health records, and other clinical information systems.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Protocols / classification*
  • Clinical Protocols / standards*
  • Greece
  • Information Dissemination
  • Medical Record Linkage / standards*
  • Semantics*
  • Social Media / standards*
  • Social Support
  • Terminology as Topic
  • Vocabulary, Controlled*