Faculty Publications

Title

A web access script language to support clinical application development

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Clinical information system, Database systems, Internet, Intranet, Mumps, Script languages, Web server

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine

Volume

55

Issue

2

First Page

85

Last Page

97

Abstract

This paper describes the development of a script language to support the implementation of decentralized, clinical information applications on the World Wide Web (Web). The goal of this work is to facilitate construction of low overhead, fully functional clinical information systems that can be accessed anywhere by low cost Web browsers to search, retrieve and analyze stored patient data. The Web provides a model of network access to data bases on a global scale. Although it was originally conceived as a means to exchange scientific documents, Web browsers and servers currently support access to a wide variety of audio, video, graphical and text based data to a rapidly growing community. Access to these services is via inexpensive client software browsers that connect to servers by means of the open architecture of the Internet. In this paper, the design and implementation of a script language that supports the development of low cost, Web-based, distributed clinical information systems for both Inter- and Intra-Net use is presented. The language is based on the Mumps language and, consequently, supports many legacy applications with few modifications. Several enhancements, however, have been made to support modern programming practices and the Web interface. The interpreter for the language also supports standalone program execution on Unix, MS-Windows, OS/2 and other operating systems.

Original Publication Date

2-1-1998

DOI of published version

10.1016/S0169-2607(97)00059-X

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