Multiple Scale Visualization of Electronic Health Records to Support Finding Medical Narratives

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The Eurographics Association
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) contain rich medical information about patients, possibly hundreds of notes, lab results, images and other information. Doctors can easily be overwhelmed by this wealth of information. For their daily work, they need to derive narratives from all this information to get insights into the main issues of their patients. Standard solutions show all the information in linear lists, often leading to cognitive overload; research solutions provide timelines and relations between the notes but provide too much fragmented information. We propose MEDeNAR, a system for enabling medical professionals to obtain insights from EHRs based on the different tasks in their workflow. The key aspects of our system are the introduction of an intermediate level that summarizes the information using clustering and NLP methods. The results are visualized along a timeline and provide easy access to the detailed descriptions in notes and lab results at the EHR level. We designed the system using an iterative design process in collaboration with 18 doctors, two nurses and 14 domain experts. During the final evaluation, the doctors ranked our system higher than a standard baseline solution and a variation for the used NLP methods.

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Eurographics Workshop on Visual Computing for Biology and Medicine
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Oeltze-Jafra, Steffen and Smit, Noeska N. and Sommer, Björn and Nieselt, Kay and Schultz, Thomas
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Multiple Scale Visualization of Electronic Health Records to Support Finding Medical Narratives
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Linden, Sanne van der
Wijk, Jarke J. van
Funk, Mathias
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The Eurographics Association
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