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Using Tag Clouds as a Tool for Patients’ Medical History Visualization and Record Retrieval

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Using Tag Clouds as a Tool for Patients’ Medical History Visualization and Record Retrieval

Foldes, Daphne (2015) Using Tag Clouds as a Tool for Patients’ Medical History Visualization and Record Retrieval. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Abstract

Reading through a patient’s medical history can be challenging at best, let alone when the patient has a lengthy medical record. This can be a challenge when the patient is a relatively healthy person and even more challenging for a patient with a medical condition. Having a tool to quickly view and retrieve the pertinent elements of a person’s medical record can be useful, especially in cases where a healthcare practitioner is treating a new patient. We propose a visualization tool that makes use of a tag cloud that would allow a healthcare practitioner to easily visualize and retrieve the essential elements of a patient’s medical record. A prototype was created to run usability testing of the tag cloud tool and collect feedback from healthcare practitioners on the usefulness of such a tool in their day-to-day interactions with patients. Twelve paramedical practitioners tested and were questioned on the tool. The findings of this usability testing showed that such a visualization tool would be helpful to paramedical practitioners seeing a patient for the first time, as well as when dealing with patients who have a lengthy medical history.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Computer Science and Software Engineering
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Foldes, Daphne
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Comp. Sc.
Program:Computer Science
Date:July 2015
Thesis Supervisor(s):Ormandjieva, Olga and Pitula, Kristina
Keywords:Tag Cloud, Medical History Visualization, Record Retrieval, Information Visualization, Electronic Health Record, EHR
ID Code:980670
Deposited By: DAPHNE FOLDES
Deposited On:10 Nov 2015 15:37
Last Modified:18 Jul 2019 15:38
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