Arden syntax


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Arden syntax

An artificial-intelligence-based language standard for expressing, sharing and processing clinical knowledge through Medical Logic Modules (MLMs), and which is used in medical algorithms.

The Arden syntax was created by the American Society for Testing and Materials under HL7 (the object-oriented Reference Information Model), and provides a definition for the interface to patient data with its data slot,
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Description : The overall goal of the project is to produce an implementation guide that will help knowledge engineers, clinicians, administrators, computer programmers and others use the Arden Syntax to create clinical decision support (CDS) solutions.
Objectives / Deliverables : Create Arden Syntax wiki with preliminary implementation guidance - Target: 2013 Sep WGM
The value of using non-proprietary "rules" within a vendor product is that rules then become "vendor-neutral" and can be shared from product to product as long as they are written in the industry standard for Medical Logic Modules, Arden syntax. Once vendors and healthcare organizations begin "sharing" the knowledge of expertise regarding the rules, through organizations such as The Institute for Medical Knowledge Implementation (IMKI), disease management will be at a level never previously achieved.
Training: The development of MLMs using Arden Syntax, an industry standard, was provided by McKessonHBOC.
While many of our departmental systems have special purpose MDMS, our central MDMS is the Clinical Event Monitor (CEM), based on MLMs that use the Arden syntax. It monitors storage of data elements to our central patient database, generating roughly 2,000 messages a day, including reminders, alerts, and calculations.