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Breast Cancer Quality Assessment Expert System

Award Information

Department of Health and Human Services
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Program Year/Program:
1993 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1993
Title: Breast Cancer Quality Assessment Expert System
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,600.00


The goal is to develop a knowledge-based expert management system to deliver cost-effective quality medical care. This system will allow health care providers to plan and allocate services within the existing budgeting and economic constraints. The methodology consists of 1) building an integrated database of clinical and management information, 2) designing the knowledge representation used in the expert system, 3) using induction to extract data relationships from the database, and 4) building an expert system based on these relationships and rules obtained from medical experts. The expected results are documented standards of care and treatment protocols for the specialty practice chosen and a system to monitor adherence to these standards and protocols. In Phase II, we will expand the expert system to include other physician specialties, and we will design physician workstations to allow online preauthorization of costly or risky services. This system will incorporate the latest computer technologies including artificial intelligence, knowledge-based expert systems, CD ROM storage, speech recognition and imaging. The resulting system will be a useful planning and monitoring tool for providers, third-party payers and government agencies.

Principal Investigator:

Gary A. Egan

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Applied Knowledge Institute,
Oak Park, IL 60302

Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No