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DOCLE (Doctor Command Language),[1][2] is a non-numeric health coding and medical classification system. The DOCLE system is used[3] in Health Communication Network's electronic medical record and patient management software package, Medical Director. Medical Director is the most widely used electronic medical record system by Australian primary health care providers.[citation needed]

DOCLE has been modelled on the Linnaean biological classification system since 1995.[4] DOCLE generates clinical codes from ubiquitous health language using an algorithm, hence it is a human readable clinical coding system.[4]

The design principles of DOCLE, as enumerated by the author in the DOCLE website include:

  • DOCLE codes being meaningful and intentional
  • DOCLE codes are derived from ubiquitous health language
  • DOCLE codes grew with evolving order and speciation of large scale structures in a linnean manner.
  • DOCLE codes are designed to strap together and form clinical structures using joiner codes
  • The author of DOCLE, Dr. Y Kuang Oon, has likened clinical codes to "neurons" and joiner codes as the "glia"

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  1. ^ Turner, Lyle (22 April 2013). "Data Quality Statement" (PDF). Monash University. Monash University. 
  2. ^ "Australian Extensions to HL7 v2 table 0396". Health Intersections Pty Ltd. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2017-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Practice Incentives Program (PIP) eHealth Incentive" (PDF). Health Communication Network. 3 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Ian Wilson wrote:". Retrieved 2017-02-01. 

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