The Vienna NeoFax Medical Assistant
The basic aim of VIE-Nmed is the support of drug prescription for sick newborn
infants. It is designed to show information about drugs and their proper
prescription with the help of an easy to use interface. Dosage calculations
are suppported by utilizing an intelligent "dosage calculator".
VIE-Nmed is composed of mainly two subsystems:
- The NeoFax medication reference book, which is included in an
on-line HTML-version. The content of this book
T.E. Young and O.B.Mangum: NeoFax'94: A Manual of Drugs Used in Neonatal
Care, ed 7. Columbus: Ohio: Ross Production Division, Abbott Laboratories, USA,
builds the basis for VIE-Nmed. It provides information about drugs used in
neonatal care using the generic name of the drugs. Thus it is referenced under
the heading Generic Drugs.
- Information about drugs used at the clinic. This section lists
the drug by their (national) commercial name, together with information
about the dosage rules applied by the clinic, the problem area (i.e., the
organ system) and the diagnosis where this drug may be used.
NeoFax shows information about a Generic Drug for each of the
An additional field has been added to allow for placing comments:
- Dose and Administration,
- Adverse Effects,
- Special Considerations/Preparation,
- Selected References.
Drugs used at the clinic (Commercial Drugs)
This subsystem provides information about drug prescription rules of a
specific clinic. It gives local (and national) information,
based on the commercial (trade) name a generic drug is available in a
specific country. Further it organizes drug knowledge by
- Problem Areas (mainly organ systems),
- Diagnosis, and
- Priorities (defining priorities for drug prescription given a specific
Commercial drugs are always connected to their respective generic drug.
The easy way to perform dosage calculations is by using the dosage rules
given at each commercial drug. In principle, the only thing you
need is the body weight of the infant.
In addition, you may use the calculator by entering the appropriate
values from the dosage specification of a generic drug.
An additonal feature of VIE-Nmed is its time-scheduling mechanism.
VIE-Nmed has information about the main prescription times for drugs.
It always tries to recommand a prescripton scheme which is close to
the main prescription time.
The project team
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NeoFax: © 1994,1995, Thomas E.Young and O.Barry Mangum.
VIE-Nmed: © 1995, Austrian Research Institute for
Artificial Intelligence, Vienna.