Monday, September 17, 2007

Work done Up to 17/9

SQL Generation

The SQLGenerator has been implemented on both the real-time and the archival databases. This prototype now allows user to make any query involving any attribute that is defined by the underlying dictionaries. The results extracted from both databases are then combined and shown to the user in a text-based interface.

In addition, one more event type called "Group Event" has been defined. Unlike the other event types (such as Chart event, patient event, etc) which returns a single attribute each time, the group event type returns an "aggregated results", meaning a group of pre-defined attributes are returned to the user.

The most common group events are sedation and inotropes, and a typical clinical question that a physician may ask is: "For each patient in the GICU, find the time and dosage of all the sedation that the patient had taken during the last 24 hrs."

The SQLGenerator will then output in the format:
[patient's] [sedation] [dosage] [chart-time]

User Interface
The current user interface should contain the following features:
1. Automatically update the query as the user types and makes selection (with the use of AJAX).
2. Check whether the variable names that the user entered are found by the SNOMED-CT server.
3. Map the terms entered by the user to the underlying database terms.
4. Trace a variable using the SNOMED-CT server in the case that a variable name is not defined.
5. Display the query result in tabular format.

At the moment, feature 1 is completed. Features 2 - 5 are in progress. Feature 2 is currently implemented with a dictionary replacing the SNOMED-CT server.

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