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1.1 This specification covers the sharing of computerized health knowledge bases among personnel, information systems, and institutions. The scope has been limited to those knowledge bases that can be represented as a set of discrete modules. Each module, referred to as a Medical Logic Module (MLM), contains sufficient knowledge to make a single decision. Contraindication alerts, management suggestions, data interpretations, treatment protocols, and diagnosis scores are examples of the health knowledge that can be represented using MLMs. Each MLM also contains management information to help maintain a knowledge base of MLMs and links to other sources of knowledge. Health personnel can create MLMs directly using this format, and the resulting MLMs can be used directly by an information system that conforms to this specification.
1.2 The major topics are found in the following sections.