Health timeline: an insight-based study of a timeline visualization of clinical data

  • Andres Ledesma Figueroa (Creator)
  • Niranjan Bidargaddi (Contributor)
  • Jörg Strobel (Contributor)
  • Geoffrey Schrader (Creator)
  • Hannu Nieminen (Creator)
  • Ilkka Korhonen (Creator)
  • Miikka Ermes (Creator)



Abstract Background The increasing complexity and volume of clinical data poses a challenge in the decision-making process. Data visualizations can assist in this process by speeding up the time required to analyze and understand clinical data. Even though empirical experiments show that visualizations facilitate clinical data understanding, a consistent method to assess their effectiveness is still missing. Methods The insight-based methodology determines the quality of insights a user acquires from the visualization. Insights receive a value from one to five points based on a domain-specific criteria. Five professional psychiatrists took part in the study using real de-identified clinical data spanning 4 years of medical history. Results A total of 50 assessments were transcribed and analyzed. Comparing a total of 558 insights using Health Timeline and 576 without, the mean value using the Timeline (1.7) was higher than without (1.26; p
Date made available23 Aug 2019

Field of science, Statistics Finland

  • 217 Medical engineering

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