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by providing a wealth of data from various sources to medical professionals, by promoting the use of best practices and tracking treatment.

1.3 Definitions, acronyms, and abbreviations

Artifact A document or image containing the results of a medical treatment. Best Practices Generally accepted medical guidelines for the treatment of a condition. CA-MRSA Community-acquired MRSA, the typical case in which MRSA is contracted from the patient's community. CDSS Clinical Decision Support System. Software that generates case-specific advice based on a medical knowledge base and patient data. Clinical Trials Medical trials conducted to allow safety and efficacy data to be collected for new drugs or devices. EMR – Electronic Medical Record. A digital form of a patient‟s past medical information. EMR_DataAnalysisManager - A class belonging to the system that manages the different subsystems. EMRSA Epidemic MRSA, a particular strain of MRSA heavily infecting a specific region. HA-MRSA Health-care-acquired MRSA, a strain of MRSA acquired from a health care facility. MRSA Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The medical condition targeted by the system for evaluation. MRSA Health Surveillance System National surveys conducted on MRSA that provide a representative „snapshot‟ of the overall epidemiology of MRSA. HL-7 Health Level Seven standards for interoperability of health information technology. Patient History Data which includes a patient's problems, medications, allergies, family history, social history, allergies, etc. TreatmentManager A class belonging to the system that uses data to suggest a treatment plan. XAML Extensible Application Markup Language: is a declarative XML-based language which is used to initialize structured values and objects.

1.4 Organization

This document is organized in seven sections with various subsections describing various aspects of the system. Section two gives the overall description of the product, including major functions and constraints. Section three lists specific requirements, section four contains diagrams outlining the design and use of the system, section five describes the product prototype, section six lists references and section seven gives the point of contact for questions about the product.

2 Overall Description

This section contains the complete description of the project. It states the perspective of the system, how the system is just one part of a complete EMR. This section also shows the

Template based on IEEE Std 830-1998 for SRS. Modifications (content and ordering of information) have been made by Betty H.C. Cheng, Michigan State University (chengb at chengb.cse.msu.edu)


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