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BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, BioMed Central Ltd., Volume 18, Issue 1, Article number 78 (2018)



Background: With connected medical devices fast becoming ubiquitous in healthcare monitoring there is a deluge of data coming from multiple body-attached sensors. Transforming this flood of data into effective and efficient diagnosis is a major challenge. Methods: To address this challenge, we present a 3P approach: personalized patient monitoring, precision diagnostics, and preventive criticality alerts. In a collaborative work with doctors, we present the design, development, and testing of a healthcare data analytics and communication framework that we call RASPRO (Rapid Active Summarization for effective PROgnosis). The heart of RASPRO is Physician Assist Filters (PAF) that transform unwieldy multi-sensor time series data into summarized patient/disease specific trends in steps of progressive precision as demanded by the doctor for patient's personalized condition at hand and help in identifying and subsequently predictively alerting the onset of critical conditions. The output of PAFs is a clinically useful, yet extremely succinct summary of a patient's medical condition, represented as a motif, which could be sent to remote doctors even over SMS, reducing the need for data bandwidths. We evaluate the clinical validity of these techniques using SVM machine learning models measuring both the predictive power and its ability to classify disease condition. We used more than 16,000 min of patient data (N=70) from the openly available MIMIC II database for conducting these experiments. Furthermore, we also report the clinical utility of the system through doctor feedback from a large super-speciality hospital in India. Results: The results show that the RASPRO motifs perform as well as (and in many cases better than) raw time series data. In addition, we also see improvement in diagnostic performance using optimized sensor severity threshold ranges set using the personalization PAF severity quantizer. Conclusion: The RASPRO-PAF system and the associated techniques are found to be useful in many healthcare applications, especially in remote patient monitoring. The personalization, precision, and prevention PAFs presented in the paper successfully shows remarkable performance in satisfying the goals of 3Ps, thereby providing the advantages of three A's: availability, affordability, and accessibility in the global health scenario. © 2018 The Author(s).


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Rahul K Pathinarupothi, Durga P, and Ekanath Srihari Rangan, “Data to diagnosis in global health: A 3P approach”, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, vol. 18, no. 1, Article number 78, 2018.