A Step Forward in Cancer Informatics—It Is Mandatory to Make Guidelines Machine Readable

  • Nikola Cihoric Department of Radiation Oncology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Ivan Igrutinovic University of Kragujevac Faculty of Science, Kragujevac Serbia
  • Alexandros Tsikkinis Department of Radiation Oncology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Eugenia Vlaskou Badra Department of Radiation Oncology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Paul-Henry Mackeprang Department of Radiation Oncology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland


Clinical guidelines are general recommendations for practicing clinicians regarding prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a given disease. One of the most comprehensive and used guidelines are developed and regularly updated by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). Guidelines are readily available for download in portable document format (PDF). A machine-readable representation of NCCN guidelines is currently not available. In this writing, we argue on the necessity that clinical guidelines should be published in a machine-readable format. After review of the available literature, we describe the most important achievements in the field. Publication of guidelines in a machine-readable form may also be beneficial for other scientific and technical disciplines.

Author Biography

Nikola Cihoric, Department of Radiation Oncology, Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Department of Radiation Oncology, Inselspital



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How to Cite
Cihoric, N., Igrutinovic, I., Tsikkinis, A., Vlaskou Badra, E., & Mackeprang, P.-H. (2018). A Step Forward in Cancer Informatics—It Is Mandatory to Make Guidelines Machine Readable. Journal of Radiation Oncology Informatics, 9(1). https://doi.org/10.5166/jroi-9-1-1