Development of a Prototype Decision Support System to Manage the Air Force Alternative Care Program
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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Demonstrated the feasibility of developing a decision support system DSS for managing the Air Force Alternative Care Program ACP. A prototype DSS, Alternative Care Assistant, was developed to demonstrate the potential for automating the current manual systems. First, the ACP process was thoroughly examined through the analysis of several data sources. Next, a flow diagram with a supporting narrative was prepared as an information requirements analysis. Accuracy was verified by 11 representatives from different USAF MAJCOMs. Finally, the Alternative Care Assistant was developed using Clipper, and was field tested at USAF Medical Center Scott, Scott AFB, Illinois. The prototype DSS has a user-friendly interface and the capability to perform all the ACPs clerical tasks and some managerial tasks such as breakeven analysis. Databases for Common Procedure Terminology CPT codes and allowable costs are included in the prototype. These databases were extracted from the Office of Civilian Health and Medical Programs of the Uniformed Services. This prototype operates on any IBM compatible microcomputer with a hard disk drive and MS-DOS Version 3.2 or above.
- Administration and Management
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Computer Programming and Software