GPCE 2015
Mon 26 - Tue 27 October 2015 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
co-located with SPLASH 2015
Tue 27 Oct 2015 14:00 - 14:30 at Grand Station 1 - Session 7 Chair(s): Christian Kästner

Medical professionals have long used algorithmic thinking to describe and implement health care processes, but without the benefit of the conceptual framework provided by a programming language. Instead, medical algorithms are expressed using English, flowcharts, or structured data tables. This results in prescriptions that are difficult to understand, difficult to debug, and awkward to reuse. This paper reports on the design and evaluation of a domain-specific programming language, POP-PL, for expressing medical algorithms. The design draws on the experience of researchers in two disciplines, programming languages and medicine. The language is based around the idea that programs and humans have complementary strengths, that when combined can make for safer, more accurate performance of prescriptions. We implemented our language and evaluated its design by writing prescriptions in the new language and administering a usability survey to medical professionals. This evaluation suggests that medical prescriptions can be conveyed by a programming language’s mode of expression and provides useful information for refining the language. Analysis of the survey results suggests that medical professionals can understand and correctly modify programs in POP-PL.

Tue 27 Oct
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13:30 - 15:00: GPCE - Session 7 at Grand Station 1
Chair(s): Christian KästnerCarnegie Mellon University
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Gabriel FoustTexas A & M University, Jaakko JärviTexas A&M University, Sean ParentAdobe Systems, Inc.
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Spencer P. FlorenceNorthwestern University, Burke FetscherNorthwestern University, Matthew FlattUniversity of Utah, William H TempsNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departmentof Dermatology, Tina KiguradzeNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departmentof Dermatology, Dennis P. WestNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departmentof Dermatology, Charlotte NiznikNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departmentof Dermatology, Paul R. YarnoldOptimal Data Analysis LLC, Robby FindlerNorthwestern University, Steven M. BelknapNorthwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Departmentof Dermatology
gpce201514:30 - 15:00
Kai SelgradFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Alexander LierFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Franz KöferlFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Marc StammingerFriedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Daniel LohmannFriedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg