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Machine Learning for Health Informatics

Volume 9605 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 391-414

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Recommender Systems for Health Informatics: State-of-the-Art and Future Perspectives

  • André Calero ValdezAffiliated withHuman-Computer Interaction Center, RWTH-Aachen UniversityHolzinger Group HCI-KDD, Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics & Documentation, Medical University Graz Email author 
  • , Martina ZiefleAffiliated withHuman-Computer Interaction Center, RWTH-Aachen University
  • , Katrien VerbertAffiliated withKU Leuven
  • , Alexander FelfernigAffiliated withInstitute for Software Technology, Graz University of Technology
  • , Andreas HolzingerAffiliated withHolzinger Group HCI-KDD, Institute for Medical Informatics, Statistics & Documentation, Medical University Graz

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Abstract

Recommender systems are a classical example for machine learning applications, however, they have not yet been used extensively in health informatics and medical scenarios. We argue that this is due to the specifics of benchmarking criteria in medical scenarios and the multitude of drastically differing end-user groups and the enormous context-complexity of the medical domain. Here both risk perceptions towards data security and privacy as well as trust in safe technical systems play a central and specific role, particularly in the clinical context. These aspects dominate acceptance of such systems. By using a Doctor-in-the-Loop approach some of these difficulties could be mitigated by combining both human expertise with computer efficiency. We provide a three-part research framework to access health recommender systems, suggesting to incorporate domain understanding, evaluation and specific methodology into the development process.

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Health recommender systems Human-computer interaction Evaluation framework Uncertainty Trust Risk Privacy