III. Create Structured Rules
Once the guideline has been “marked-up”, GEM provides tools that work with the GEM XML file to iteratively refine the information, highlighting conditional logic, decision variables and actions. Through these steps, guideline implementers create structured logic specifications with which to implement the recommendations in the implementer’s EMR systems.
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I. GEM-COGS Transform
- To facilitate appraisal of guideline quality, a GEM-COGS transform is run
- This shows the 18 criteria defined by the Conference on Guideline Standardization followed by relevant guideline text
II. Apply Extractor Transforms
- XSLT EXTRACTOR transforms are applied to the marked-up guideline to extract implementation-critical information
- This creates a list of decision variables and actions for each recommendation.
III. Adjust Level of Abstraction
- When “extracted” from context, it often becomes clearer which decision variables are vague, underspecified, or ambiguous.
IV. Restate in Human Readable Logic
- Each recommendation is then restated in human-readable statement logic that can be translated readily into computable statements.