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November 15, 2003 | Developers use a five-step process to lay the blueprints of a software platform:

1 Identify and classify the seven types of available data: content, benchmark, procedural, medical, environmental, research, and quality assurance. A system must pragmatically balance these variables to come up with specific outputs in reaction to customized and changing inputs.

2 Establish preset scenarios, patterns, examples, and benchmarks so that the computer can make appropriate comparisons and subsequent interpretations.

3 Determine which functions the computer will perform after processing these data. Accordingly, design an interface that allows the user to easily navigate and execute the functions.

4 Strategize how executed software functions will be compatible with hardware and other peripherals networked in the communications loop.

5 Build protocols for security, system override, and redundancy, providing for a contingency should the technology malfunction or fail. Knowledge management will be a crucial consideration in building those protocols, as the desire is to provide information on a need-to-know basis but at the same time make information flexible enough for those who do have permission for access.

—Jason B. Lee

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