Mining time dependency patterns in clinical pathways

Fu-ren Lin, Shien-chao Chou, Shung-mei Pan, Yao-mei Chen
2001 International Journal of Medical Informatics  
Clinical pathways are widely adopted by many large hospitals around the world in order to provide high-quality patient treatment and reduce the length of hospital stay of each patient. The development of clinical pathways is a lengthy process, and may require the collaboration among physicians, nurses, and staffs in a hospital. However, the individual differences cause great variances in the execution of clinical pathways. It calls for a more dynamic and adaptive process to improve the
more » ... ce of clinical pathways. This paper reports a data mining technique we have developed to discover the time dependency pattern of clinical pathways for managing brain stroke. The mining of time dependency pattern is to discover patterns of process execution sequences and to identify the dependent relation between activities in a majority of cases. By obtaining the time dependency patterns, we can predict the paths for new patients when he/she is admitted into a hospital; in turn, the health care procedure will be more effective and efficient.
doi:10.1016/s1386-5056(01)00126-5 pmid:11340003 fatcat:bz62lysrjna2zhupsumdh3kbem