Experiments on the automated selection of patients for clinical trials
Eugene Fink, Lawrence O. Hall, Dmitry B. Goldgof, Bhavesh D. Goswami, Matthew
Boonstra, and Jeffrey P. Krischer
In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference
on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, pages 4541-4545, 2003.
When clinicians test a new treatment procedure, they need to identify and
recruit patients with appropriate medical conditions. We have developed
an expert system that helps clinicians to select patients for experimental
treatments, and to reduce the number and overall cost of related medical
tests. We describe experiments on selecting patients for new treatments
at the Moffitt Cancer Center. The experiments have shown that the system
can increase the number of selected patients by a factor of three, and
that it can also reduce the cost of the selection process.