Using timeline displays to improve medication reconciliation

Xinxin Zhu, Sigfried Gold, Albert Lai, George Hripcsak, James J. Cimino

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Abstract

Objective: To explore approaches for integrating and visualizing time-oriented medication data in narrative and structured formats and to address related issues on handling temporal abstraction, granularity, and uncertainty. The ultimate goal is to improve medication reconciliation by providing clinicians with more accurate medication information in patient care. Methods: An event taxonomy was generated to capture different combinations of clinical and temporal uncertainties. A prototype of a temporal visualization system was implemented using an open source software package called Timeline. Medications were parsed and mapped to the event taxonomy, and then represented in Timelines. Seventy-five medications from narrative discharge summary reports and seventy-nine medications from structured orders were used as data input for temporal visualization. Five physicians served as domain experts and answered ten proof-of-concept survey questions. Results: Overall positive feedback from experts suggested the potential value of the proposed timeline visualization method. Challenges were also identified, and future work will include reconciliation of medications from various sources based on temporal attributes and medication classification.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, eTELEMED 2009
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
EventInternational Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, eTELEMED 2009 - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Feb 1 2009Feb 7 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, eTELEMED 2009

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine, eTELEMED 2009
Country/TerritoryMexico
CityCancun
Period02/1/0902/7/09

Keywords

  • Display
  • Medication
  • Narrative
  • Reconciliation
  • Structured
  • Timeline

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