Information flow in intensive care narratives

Hanna Suominen, Heljä Lundgrén-Laine, Sanna Salanterä, Helena Karsten, Tapio I. Salakoski

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Abstract

Fluent patient information flow is a prerequisite for clinical decision making. Our purpose is to identify unmet information needs in the flow of Finnish intensive care narratives in order to focus the development of natural language processing methods for this domain. Our data set consists of 516 authentic electronic patient records. First, we assess statistically the amount of narratives. We find that the amount is substantial: elective admission type and high nursing intensity contribute this. Second, we perform a content analysis. We observe that notes relevant for a given topic are scattered over the narratives, headings are inconsistent, and the flow from earlier narratives is fragmented. consequentfr support for gaining topical overviews is needed. Meeting this clinical need holds the promise of making narratives better accessible throughout a patient's stay and thereby improving clinical decision making and outcomes of care.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2009 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops, BIBMW 2009
EditorsJake Chen, Xin Chen, John Ely, Dilek Hakkani-Tr, Jing He, Hui-Huang Hsu, Li Liao, Chunmei Liu, Mihai Pop, Shoba Ranganathan, Chandan K. Reddy, Jianhua Ruan, Yinglei Song, Vincent S. Tseng, Lyle Ungar, Di Wu, Zhijun Wu, Kai Xu, Hong Yu, Alexander Zelikovsky
Place of PublicationWashington DC
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages325-330
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424451210
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops, BIBMW 2009 - Washington, Washington, United States
Duration: 1 Nov 20094 Nov 2009

Workshop

Workshop2009 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine Workshops, BIBMW 2009
Abbreviated titleBIBMW 2009
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period1/11/094/11/09

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