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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 473168, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/473168
Research Article

ISMAC: An Intelligent System for Customized Clinical Case Management and Analysis

1Department of Control Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200000, China
2Computer Center, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330000, China
3Shanghai Institute of Traditional Chinese Medical Literatures, Shanghai 200000, China

Received 22 January 2015; Revised 29 March 2015; Accepted 28 April 2015

Academic Editor: Josiah Poon

Copyright © 2015 Mingyu You 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

Clinical cases are primary and vital evidence for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) clinical research. A great deal of medical knowledge is hidden in the clinical cases of the highly experienced TCM practitioner. With a deep Chinese culture background and years of clinical experience, an experienced TCM specialist usually has his or her unique clinical pattern and diagnosis idea. Preserving huge clinical cases of experienced TCM practitioners as well as exploring the inherent knowledge is then an important but arduous task. The novel system ISMAC (Intelligent System for Management and Analysis of Clinical Cases in TCM) is designed and implemented for customized management and intelligent analysis of TCM clinical data. Customized templates with standard and expert-standard symptoms, diseases, syndromes, and Chinese Medince Formula (CMF) are constructed in ISMAC, according to the clinical diagnosis and treatment characteristic of each TCM specialist. With these templates, clinical cases are archived in order to maintain their original characteristics. Varying data analysis and mining methods, grouped as Basic Analysis, Association Rule, Feature Reduction, Cluster, Pattern Classification, and Pattern Prediction, are implemented in the system. With a flexible dataset retrieval mechanism, ISMAC is a powerful and convenient system for clinical case analysis and clinical knowledge discovery.