Communicating the Logic of a Treatment Plan Formulated in Asbru to Domain Experts

Title{Communicating the Logic of a Treatment Plan Formulated in Asbru to Domain Experts}
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsAigner, W., and S. Miksch
Conference NameProceedings of the International Joint Meeting EuroMISE 2004

This paper presents an interactive visualization for medical treatment plans that are formulated in the plan representation language Asbru. So far, most attention of the protocol-based care community was focused towards formal guideline representation and authoring partly supported by graphical tools. The intention of this work is to go the opposite way and communicate the logic of a computerized treatment plan to physicians, nursing-, and other medical personnel visually. The visualization is based on the idea of flow-chart algorithms widely used in medical education and practice. This concept has been extended in order to cope with the powerful and expressive guideline representation language Asbru. Furthermore, a number of interactive navigational and overview extensions are used to intuitively support the understanding of the logic of plans. The user-centered development approach applied for these interactive visualization methods has been guided by user input gathered via a user study, design reviews, and prototype evaluations as described in this document.