Facilitating pediatric diagnosis using dynamic programming approach

Abstract

The scenario of maternal and pediatric health in the Philippines has been an ongoing problem. This paper discusses a tool developed to expedite the process of diagnosing, informing the patient and prescribing the appropriate medication using novel techniques in dynamic programming. With the integration of a medical knowledge base, existing patient data and an inference engine, we are able to generate a case specific advise acting as a decision support system for medical practitioners. The goal to facilitate an improved delivery of diagnosis aiding physicians in giving timely and appropriate advice. A team of pediatric physicians piloted and tested this tool garnering an average usability rating of 9.2 over 10.

Keywords: Inference engine, dynamic programming, knapsack, e-health;