A Web link management tool for optimizing utilization of distributed knowledge in health care applications.
The number of health-related Web sites on the Internet is increasing. Incorporating these sites into clinical decision support systems and other health care applications can significantly enhance the educational and instructional value of such systems. While search engines exist for finding sites and criteria are available for assessing site quality, few tools are available for managing Web-based health care information. Management of Web-based information is particularly challenging because the information is continually changing and new resources are continually being added. In this paper, we describe the development and use of a Web-link manager for health care applications. This system retains search strategies for repeated use, catalogues search results in a search results database, accommodates tracking of site review and use status, and provides periodic checking of link integrity for sites that are used in local applications. The Web-link manager is currently in use to manage the links used in a clinical decision support system that presents clinical practice guidelines interactively to clinicians at the point of care.
Lobach, DF; Spell, RU; Hales, JW; Rabold, JS
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