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HealthWatch: A Management Tool Combining Clinical and Population Data Sets

HealthWatch: A Management Tool Combining Clinical and Population Data Sets

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Published by Mark Hawker
A leading heath expert, Muir Gray (2006), was famously quoted as saying that the analysis of data in healthcare will have a “bigger impact than any single drug or technology likely to be introduced in the next decade”. As society becomes more reliant on technology in their every day lives, and information is more readily available on demand, it is clear that this could also be used in the healthcare industry. There are several benefits to being better informed including reducing costs from having more accurate resource provisioning, improving quality of care through better awareness of factors affecting disease and increasing staff professionalism. We hope to explore the concept of healthcare data analysis and provide a base for others to investigate in future years.
A leading heath expert, Muir Gray (2006), was famously quoted as saying that the analysis of data in healthcare will have a “bigger impact than any single drug or technology likely to be introduced in the next decade”. As society becomes more reliant on technology in their every day lives, and information is more readily available on demand, it is clear that this could also be used in the healthcare industry. There are several benefits to being better informed including reducing costs from having more accurate resource provisioning, improving quality of care through better awareness of factors affecting disease and increasing staff professionalism. We hope to explore the concept of healthcare data analysis and provide a base for others to investigate in future years.

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HealthWatch: A Management Tool CombiningClinical and Population Data Sets
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A leading heath expert, Muir Gray (2006), was famously quoted as saying that the analysis of data inhealthcare will have a “bigger impact than any single drug or technology likely to be introduced in thenext decade”. As society becomes more reliant on technology in their every day lives, and informationis more readily available on demand, it is clear that this could also be used in the healthcare industry.There are several benefits to being better informed including reducing costs from having moreaccurate resource provisioning, improving quality of care through better awareness of factorsaffecting disease and increasing staff professionalism. We hope to explore the concept of healthcaredata analysis and provide a base for others to investigate in future years.This project demonstrates how software tools and techniques from a computing discipline can beapplied to a problem in a healthcare domain. We use a novel requirements analysis technique knownas personas as well as applying an innovative combined data mining and project managementmethodology inspired by the Agile Unified Process (AUP), participatory design (PD) and the CrossIndustry Standard Process for Data Modelling (CRISP-DM). Through the exploration of clinical andpopulation data sets we create a data model which is exploited through the implementation of amanagement tool. We reinforce the term “management” as it is important to note that we are notattempting to replace human-computer interaction (HCI), rather use technology to complement humanknowledge acquisition. Evaluation is demonstrated throughout in both the methodology and post-implementation using the DECIDE framework Preece et al. (2002). Evaluation is carefullyconstructed addressing technical and socio-technical issues such as usability and finallyrecommendations are made for further extensions.

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