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Business Rules Friendly or not so Business Rules Friendly Business Concepts Modelling - Early Experiences from a Business Rules Project on a Digital Vaccination Recommendation Service

By Nicklas Holmberg and Odd Steen


WHO estimated in 2002 that 1.4 million children in the world would die from preventable diseases (World Health Organization, 2010). Each child is, or should be, immunized according to their national immunization schedule, which regulates i.e. vaccines and doses. Problems emerge when immigrant children should be transferred from one national vaccination schedule into another. This problem is quite evident in Sweden (Statistics Sweden, 2010). Vaccination practitioners have a hard time figuring out how to immunize an immigrant child. As a remedy for this situation, the VacSam project develops a Business Rules (BR) centric digital service through principles of (BR Approach), for providing unique vaccination recommendations. The service is designed using a commercial BRMS (BR Management Systems), which require a business concepts model. Thus, the paper presents early findings on how a business concepts model could be designed more or less BR-friendly. We have discovered, by designing, that a rigid, relational model approach is not BR-friendly. Instead, the concepts model should be de-signed to provide rule clarity and understandability. Thus, we draw the conclusion that a con-cepts model designed for persistent data storing, favouring a good quality relational model, is not rule friendly

Topics: Information Systems, Social aspects, Business Rules, Business Rules Management Systems, immunization, immunization schedules., Business Rules Approach
Year: 2010
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