Contributions to Books:

W. Horn, C. Popow, S. Miksch, A. Seyfang:
"Benefits of a Knowledge-based System for Parenteral Nutrition Support: a Report after 5 Years of Routine Daily Use";
in: "Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence", F. van Harmelen (ed.); IOS Press, 2002, 613 - 617.

English abstract:
Calculating the daily changing composition of parenteral nutrition for
small newborn infants is troublesome and time consuming routine work
in neonatal intensive care. The task needs expertise and experience
and is prone to inherent calculation errors.
In 1996 we introduced a knowledge-based system called VIE-PNN at the neonatal
intensive care unit (NICU). It supports the daily calculation of
nutrition plans for combined parenteral and enteral nutrition
of newborn infants utilizing textbook knowledge and clinical
rules of expert neonatologists. VIE-PNN uses a HTML-based
client-server architecture and is integrated into the intranet of the
local patient data management system (PDMS).

The system is now in daily routine use for more than 5 years at
2 NICUs. Its main benefits are considerable time savings for
clinicians and an increased quality of care. The main factors for
success are its ease of use, its robustness, the integration into
the PDMS, and the maintainability by the clinical experts. Most
important, physicians highly value the time savings the system

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