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A web-based medical multimedia visualisation interface for personal health records

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8 Author(s)
de Ridder, M. ; Sch. of Inf. Technol., Univ. of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia ; Constantinescu, L. ; Lei Bi ; Youn Hyun Jung
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The healthcare industry has begun to utilise web-based systems and cloud computing infrastructure to develop an increasing array of online personal health record (PHR) systems. Although these systems provide the technical capacity to store and retrieve medical data in various multimedia formats, including images, videos, voice, and text, individual patient use remains limited by the lack of intuitive data representation and visualisation techniques. As such, further research is necessary to better visualise and present these records, in ways that make the complex medical data more intuitive. In this study, we present a web-based PHR visualisation system, called the 3D medical graphical avatar (MGA), which was designed to explore web-based delivery of a wide array of medical data types including multi-dimensional medical images; medical videos; text-based data; and spatial annotations. Mapping information was extracted from each of the data types and was used to embed spatial and textual annotations, such as regions of interest (ROIs) and time-based video annotations. Our MGA itself is built from clinical patient imaging studies, when available. We have taken advantage of the emerging web technologies of HTML5 and WebGL to make our application available to a wider base of users and devices. We analysed the performance of our proof-of-concept prototype system on mobile and desktop consumer devices. Our initial experiments indicate that our system can render the medical data in a fashion that enables interactive navigation of the MGA.

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Computer-Based Medical Systems (CBMS), 2013 IEEE 26th International Symposium on

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20-22 June 2013