UK activity on Mobilising Computable Biomedical Knowledge (MCBK)
This is a joint working group between the FCI (co-chair Jeremy Wyatt) and the British Computer Society (co-chair Philip Scott).
Background to the UK MCBK activity
Many different calculators (eg. CHADSVASC2), GP templates, checklists and ePrescribing systems are used to support professionals and improve patient safety. Each of these embeds clinical knowledge, sometimes as a dedicated single purpose computer program and sometimes as an explicit, computer readable “knowledge base” and a generic “inference engine”. A further opportunity for these clinical knowledge and computable decision support systems is the widening of the range of NHS providers. This means that a central library supporting computable knowledge systems will enable working to a common knowledge base and support similar standards of care whoever is providing it, in any setting.
Most of these knowledge systems are of high quality, but unfortunately, some have not been maintained or implemented correctly, so algorithm-related patient safety incidents occur quite frequently. This problem may originate at any stage from the design, programming, testing, clinical use, or maintenance of these computable decision support systems.
They are keen to develop standard methods for representing the clinical knowledge as “knowledge objects”, include these in open However, broad issues arise that raise both professional and technical challenges, including:
UK MCBK launch workshop 29-10-2019
Mobilising computable biomedical knowledge - UK perspectives
Aims and outputs of the UK MCBK activity
Expressions of interest invited
Computable knowledge resources which you may find useful.
UK MCBK steering group members
IT Technical Project Lead (Shared Care Record), Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
– Clinical Cell at NHSX, Principal Investigator on the Newcastle University Learning Healthcare Project and Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University
Senior Digital Product Officer, NICE
– FCI Chair; Professor of Health Informatics at University College London and City University London
– Chair, HL7 UK Management Board; Senior Solution Strategist at Cerner
Charlie McCay – Managing Director, Ramsey Systems Ltd
Neil Sebire – Chief Clinical Data Officer, HDRUK
– Reader, Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics, University of Portsmouth & Chair, BCS Health & Care (co-chair)
Ann Wales – Programme Lead, Knowledge and Decision Support, Digital Health & Care Innovative Centre
Jan Hoogewerf - Business Manager, Faculty of Clinical Informatics
UK MCBK steering group meeting notes