Method and system for constructing formulae for processing medical data

CAFC
  • US 5,715,451 A
  • Filed: 07/20/1995
  • Issued: 02/03/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method in a computer system for constructing, in response to input from a user using a window-based user interface, a formula for producing a textual patient information string from a selected time-indexed medical data variable having a value for each of a plurality of times, the method comprising the steps of:

  • receiving input via the window-based user interface specifying a period of time during which the medical data variable is to be analyzed;

    displaying via the window-based user interface names of a plurality of functions capable of aggregating a plurality of values into a single value;

    receiving input via the window-based user interface indicating that the user selected the name of a selected function from the displayed function names;

    receiving input via the window-based user interface specifying a manner of manipulating a single value to produce a textual string conveying patient information; and

    based upon the receiving steps, creating a formula that specifies;

    identifying values of the selected time-indexed medical data variable having times within the specified period of time,applying the selected function to the identified values of the selected time-indexed medical data variable to aggregate the identified values into a single value, andmanipulating the single value in the specified manner to produce a textual string conveying patient information based on the values of the selected time-indexed medical data variable,such that the formula may be used to generate and display a textual string conveying patient information based on the values of the selected time-indexed medical data variable.

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