The patent's inventors are Giles, Stephan (
This patent was filed on
From the background information supplied by the inventors, news correspondents obtained the following quote: "Healthcare environments, such as hospitals and clinics, typically include information systems (e.g., hospital information systems (HIS), radiology information systems (RIS), storage systems, picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), electronic medical records (EMR)) to manage clinical information, management information, financial information, and/or scheduling information. The information may be centrally stored or divided into a plurality of locations. Healthcare practitioners may desire to access patient information at various points in a healthcare workflow. For example, during an encounter with a patient, medical personnel may access patient information, such as a patient's medical history and/or a patient's symptoms in an ongoing medical procedure. Alternatively, medical personnel may enter new information, such as history, diagnostic, or treatment information, into a medical information system during an ongoing medical procedure.
"Medical practitioners, such as doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals, rely on clinical information stored in such systems during an encounter(s) with a patient, for example, to assess the condition of a patient, to provide immediate treatment in an emergency situation, to diagnose a patient and/or to provide any other medical treatment or attention. Additionally, in some instances, it is helpful for healthcare practitioners to review other similar exams to assist in clinical decision support. However, known systems are unable to identify similar exams with significant findings and, thus, healthcare practitioners must parse through volumes of material to identify such similar exams. As a result, the efficiency of the healthcare practitioner is compromised."
Supplementing the background information on this patent, VerticalNews reporters also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In one example implementation, an example computer-implemented method to identify similar exams includes selecting a category. Additionally, the example method includes comparing the selected category to records associated with exams to identify any of the exams that include information related to the category. Further, the example method includes displaying the exams identified as related to the category to a healthcare practitioner. Further still, the example method includes visually differentiating at least one of the displayed exams based on a significance level associated with the at least one of the displayed exams.
"In another example implementation, an example medical information system includes a data store in communication with one or more data entry systems to receive and store records associated with exams. Additionally, the example medical information system includes an identifier to compare a selected category associated with a modality and a body site to the records associated with the exams to identify whether any of the exams include information related to the category. Further, the example medical information system includes an indicator to indicate a significance level associated with the identified exams. Further still, the example medical information system includes a display module to convey the identified exams to a user interface."
For the URL and additional information on this patent, see: Giles, Stephan; Stavrinakis, Kimberly; Fitzgerald, Timothy; deCos, Juan. Methods and System to Identify Exams with Significant Findings. U.S. Patent Number 8645157, filed
Keywords for this news article include: Treatment, Information Technology,
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