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A Modular Framework for Clinical Decision Support Systems: Medical Device Plug-and-Play Is Critical

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Executive Summary

This paper describes the design and initial implementation of a modular framework for Clinical Decision Support Systems and highlights the need for medical device plug-and-play standards. The software handles the tasks of data acquisition and validation, visualization, and treatment management in order to enable the development of protocol guideline modules as "Plug-ins" to the framework. The system utilizes an asynchronous data-driven design to support real-time information flow and user interaction. All components of the framework are modular and easily extendible, allowing for new data sources, visualization methods, and protocols to be inserted.

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