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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Content revision management systems are well known. Some well-known internet sites, for example, allow collaborative editing of documents which are published by the site with a form of editing control maintained by the site. Other systems are designed to allow for open source collaborative editing of software code.
"The above described systems enable a process wherein a content master is continuously updated through contributions from a large number of people in disparate locations. In some instances, a new version of a program can be created by branching the content master into a separate independent program that is then managed independently.
"While the known systems are highly effective for their purpose, they are not well suited for use in a health-related content management system. In a health-related management system, a number of different entities may be pursuing independent protocols. Customers would typically defer from participation in a program where the ability to act independently is stifled. Moreover, rigid adhesion to a single protocol stifles ingenuity and therefor progress.
"Of course, when each customer is pursuing their own protocol, the ability of other customers to rapidly learn from the advances of one customer is affected by the ability to rapidly alert the other customers using related protocols to the advances discovered by the one customer.
"What is needed in health content management wherein content can be continuously updated, while at the same time allowing a large number of customer-specific variations of that content master. It would be further advantageous if the system could alert customers to the opportunity to review and approve/modify changes in any derivative programs that might depend on the updated master content. It would be further advantageous if customer modifications could be reviewed and used to modify the master content. Yet another benefit would be realized if modification of the master content was not limited to customer input, while maintaining the quality of any such non-customer modification."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "In accordance with one embodiment, a method of operating a clinical content management system includes providing a master server with a master content database including master content, providing at least one first derivative content database operably connected to the master content database, each of the at least one first derivative content databases including derived content derived from the master content, including new content in the master content database, identifying with the master server each of the at least one first derivative content databases including derived content related to the new content, issuing a notice of the new content based upon the identified at least one first derivative content database including derived content related to the new content, and tracking at the master server whether the new content is incorporated into the identified at least one first derivative content database including derived content related to the new content.
"Other features of the embodiments herein will be apparent from the drawings, and detailed description that follows below
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 depicts a diagram of a distributed clinical content management system which allows for a variety of different content to be used by various customers while maintaining a master content database, and which can notify the customers when content in the master content database has been added which is related to content in a customer content database;
"FIG. 2 depicts the master server of FIG. 1 showing modification routes which are used to update the master content database;
"FIG. 3 depicts a process which is used in verifying the content which is added to the master content database;
"FIG. 4 depicts a diagram of a partially distributed clinical content management system which allows for a variety of different content to be used by various customers while maintaining a master content database, and which can notify the customers when content in the master content database has been added which is related to content in a customer content database;
"FIG. 5 depicts the master server of FIG. 2 showing modification routes which are used to update the master content database, along with a master session server which uses the master content in accordance with general or customized rules to generate dialogue and sessions;
"FIG. 6 depicts the dialogue library database of FIG. 5 with general/best practices dialogues and custom dialogues using content from the master content database;
"FIG. 7 depicts the program sessions database of FIG. 5 populated with dialogues from the dialogue library database of FIG. 5; and
"FIG. 8 depicts a block diagram of a patient device which is used to display sessions to a patient and to gather patient data.
"Although specific features of the embodiments are shown in some drawings and not in others, this is done for convenience only as each feature may be combined with any or all of the other features in accordance with the embodiments."
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