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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 769639, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/769639
Review Article

Biomedical Informatics for Computer-Aided Decision Support Systems: A Survey

1Department of Computer Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284, USA
2Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, USA

Received 30 November 2012; Accepted 9 January 2013

Academic Editors: J. Bajo, Y. Cai, and J. B. T. Rocha

Copyright © 2013 Ashwin Belle et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The volumes of current patient data as well as their complexity make clinical decision making more challenging than ever for physicians and other care givers. This situation calls for the use of biomedical informatics methods to process data and form recommendations and/or predictions to assist such decision makers. The design, implementation, and use of biomedical informatics systems in the form of computer-aided decision support have become essential and widely used over the last two decades. This paper provides a brief review of such systems, their application protocols and methodologies, and the future challenges and directions they suggest.