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Integrating Medical Patient Data with Family Trees to Improve the Quality of Information

  • Eliana Sousa
  • Tiago Jesus
  • Lina Neves
  • Mónica Costa
  • Fernando Reinaldo Ribeiro
  • José Carlos Metrôlho
  • Ricardo Cruz-Correia
Part of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing book series (AINSC, volume 93)

Abstract

The way patient information is presented has been proven to have an important impact on patient care. This paper presents a software component to be integrated in a virtual patient record used in a Portuguese hospital. This component supports genetic oncology consultations and aims to help the physician needs to visualize the patient’s family tree in order to diagnose hereditary cancers in both patient and patient descendants. This system allows the physician to view relevant medical information of the elements of the family of a given patient, add new tests, as well as record new cancer situations that occur in any member of the patient’s family. Besides the graphical display of the patients’ family tree, the system also allows to differentiate between different groups of cancer by using symbols and colours, register new cancer occurrences within that family network, as well as information related to tests performed by them.

Keywords

Gene Ontology Electronic Patient Record Hereditary Cancer Unify Medical Language System Family Tree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eliana Sousa
    • 1
  • Tiago Jesus
    • 2
  • Lina Neves
    • 2
  • Mónica Costa
    • 2
  • Fernando Reinaldo Ribeiro
    • 2
  • José Carlos Metrôlho
    • 2
  • Ricardo Cruz-Correia
    • 1
  1. 1.CINTESIS – Centre for Research in Health Technologies and Information Systems, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.Informatics DepartmentPolytechnic Institute of CasteloBrancoPortugal

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