Knowledge-centric management of business rules in a pharmacy

Juha Puustjärvi*, Leena Puustjärvi

*Corresponding author for this work

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    A business rule defines or constraints some aspect of the business. In healthcare sector many of the business rules are dictated by law or medical regulations, which are constantly changing. This is a challenge for the healthcare organizations. Although there is available several commercial business rule management systems the problem from pharmacies point of view is that these systems are overly geared towards the automation and manipulation of business rules, while the main need in pharmacies lies in easy retrieving of business rules within daily routines. Another problem is that business rule management systems are isolated in the sense that they have their own data stores that cannot be accessed by other information systems used in pharmacies. As a result, a pharmacist is burdened by accessing many systems inside a user task. In order to avoid this problem we have modeled business rules as well as their relationships to other relevant information by OWL (Web Ontology Language) such that the ontology is shared among the pharmacy's applications. In this way we can avoid the problems of isolated applications and replicated data. The ontology also encourages pharmacies business agility, i.e., the ability to react more rapidly to the changes required by the new business rules. The deployment of the ontology requires that stored business rules are annotated by appropriate metadata descriptions, which are presented by RDF/XML serialization format. However, neither the designer nor the pharmacists are burdened by RDF/XML format as there are sophisticated graphical editors that can be used.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Information Technology - 4th International Conference, IAIT 2010, Proceedings
    Number of pages10
    Volume114 CCIS
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventInternational Conference on Advances in Information Technology - Bangkok, Thailand
    Duration: 4 Nov 20105 Nov 2010
    Conference number: 4

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
    Volume114 CCIS
    ISSN (Print)18650929


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Advances in Information Technology
    Abbreviated titleIAIT


    • Business agility
    • Business rules
    • Knowledge centric organization
    • Knowledge management
    • Ontologies

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