Arab Open University’s (AOU) branch in Oman has developed software for detection and risk assessment of diabetes and other related diseases. This software is ontology driven and is known as Decision Support System. It was developed as part of the Research Council (TRC) Open Research Grant program. AOU was awarded this project in 2012. Times of Oman brought this news to us in their article, “Arab Open University in Oman develop Diabetics Risk Assessment Software.”

Existing decision support systems (DSS) for diabetes mellitus are not intelligent and adaptive, and do not maintain relevant history of patients for future diagnosis. The proposed system uses an ontological framework for the development of a knowledge-based DSS to assist medical professionals to handle diabetes and predict the risk assessment factors of diabetes in hypertension, kidney disorders, and cardiovascular diseases.

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