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Treatment Explorer - HCIL

Treatment Explorer
Interactive Decision Aid for Medical Information


CONTEXT: THE SHARP-C PROJECT

The University of Maryland is one of the nine institutions participating in the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare (NCCD) led by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. NCCD is funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT under the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects (SHARP) Program. This program seeks to support improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of health care through advanced information technology. The NCCD award was one of four presented by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to address key barriers to health information technology. NCCD's research focus area is Patient-Centered Cognitive Support.

For more information see:
1) the NCCD website at the University of Texas in Houston (the main PI) OR
2) the Maryland webpage which provides a summary of all the SharpC projects HCIL participated in.

Project Description

Medical treatments carry unique benefits and risks which patients must understand in order to decide which option is best for them. Prior research has demonstrated that patients are ill-equipped to understand the statistical information presented to them through standard decision aids. TreatmentExplorer supports patient eeds by presenting treatment success rate, onset of symptoms, and treatment side effects using a novel graphic representation introduced with staged animation and text-based narration.

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Please note that at present the demo works best on Firefox browser only. Also please make sure you are not running Adblock/Adblock plus since these had presented problems with the interface before.

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Sponsorship

This work is supported in part by Grant No. 10510592 for Patient-Centered Cognitive Support under the Strategic Health IT Advanced Research Projects Program (SHARP) from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

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