The SAGE (Standards-Based Sharable Active Guideline Environment) project, a collaboration among research groups at IDX Systems Corporation, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Intermountain Health Care (IHC), Apelon, Inc., Stanford Medical Informatics, and the Mayo Clinic, was funded to create the technological infrastructure for integrating interoperable computer-based guidelines into enterprise clinical information systems. Among its deliverables was the SAGE Guideline Model, which was designed to
1. use standardized components that are sufficiently granule and precise, to allow interoperability of guideline execution elements with the standard services provided within vendor clinical information systems.
2. encode guideline knowledge needed to provide situation-specific decision support, and to maintain linked explanatory resource information for the end-user
3. include organizational knowledge to capture workflow information and resources needed to provide decision-support in enterprise setting
4. to be well structured, so that the bulk of guideline knowledge can be encoded, through a guideline workbench, by clinicians with basic understanding of the guideline model.
5. synthesize prior guideline modeling work for encoding guideline knowledge needed to provide situation-specific decision support, and to maintain linked explanatory resource information for the end-user
This technical report describes details of the SAGE Guide Model.