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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116417/an-immersive-virtual-reality-platform-to-enhance-walking-ability-of-children-with-acquired-brain-injuries
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Emilia Biffi, Elena Beretta, Ambra Cesareo, Cristina Maghini, Anna C Turconi, Gianluigi Reni, Sandra Strazzer
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) may result in lifelong impairment of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial functions. Several rehabilitative treatments are often needed to support walking recovery, thus participants' engagement becomes a crucial aspect, especially when patients are children. In the last few years, traditional physiotherapy (PT) has been flanked by innovative technologies for rehabilitation in the fields of robotics and Virtual Reality (VR). Preliminary results have shown interesting perspectives in the use of a VR system, the GRAIL (Gait Real-time Analysis Interactive Lab), in improving walking abilities in a small group of children with ABI, although further insights are needed about its use as rehabilitative tool in the pediatric population...
January 24, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116415/can-3d-gamified-simulations-be-valid-vocational-training-tools-for-persons-with-intellectual-disability-an-experiment-based-on-a-real-life-situation
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Ariel von Barnekow, Núria Bonet-Codina, Dani Tost
OBJECTIVE: To investigate if 3D gamified simulations can be valid vocational training tools for persons with intellectual disability. METHODS: A 3D gamified simulation composed by a set of training tasks for cleaning in hostelry was developed in collaboration with professionals of a real hostel and pedagogues of a special needs school. The learning objectives focus on the acquisition of vocabulary skills, work procedures, social abilities and risk prevention. Several accessibility features were developed to make the tasks easy to do from a technological point-of-view...
January 24, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116414/cognitive-training-through-mhealth-for-individuals-with-substance-use-disorder
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Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira, Paulo Lopes, Rodrigo Brito, Diogo Morais, Cristina Caçoete, André Leandro, Teresa Almeida, Hugo Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Heroin addiction has a negative impact on cognitive functions, and even recovering addicts suffer from cognitive impairment. Recent approaches to cognitive intervention have been taking advantage of what new technologies have to offer. OBJECTIVES: We report a study testing the efficacy of a serious games approach using tablets to stimulate and rehabilitate cognitive functions in recovering addicts. METHODS: A small-scale cognitive training program with serious games was run with a sample of 14 male heroin addicts undergoing a rehabilitation program...
January 24, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116413/using-actigraphy-and-mhealth-systems-for-an-objective-analysis-of%C3%A2-sleep-quality-on-systemic-lupus-erythematous-patients
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Sara Balderas-Díaz, M Pilar Martínez, Gabriel Guerrero-Contreras, Elena Miró, Kawtar Benghazi, Ana I Sánchez, José Luis Garrido, Germán Prados
INTRODUCTION: Although sleep alterations can be an important factor contributing to the clinical state of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, there are no studies to adequately assess sleep quality in this type of disease. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work is to analyse the sleep quality of Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE) patients based on more objective information provided by actigraphy and mobile systems. The idea is to carry out a comprehensive study by analysing how environmental conditions and factors can affect sleep quality...
January 24, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922660/combined-vision-and-wearable-sensors-based-system-for-movement-analysis-in-rehabilitation
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Sofija Spasojević, Tihomir V Ilić, Slađan Milanović, Veljko Potkonjak, Aleksandar Rodić, José Santos-Victor
BACKGROUND: Traditional rehabilitation sessions are often a slow, tedious, disempowering and non-motivational process, supported by clinical assessment tools, i.e. evaluation scales that are prone to subjective rating and imprecise interpretation of patient's performance. Poor patient motivation and insufficient accuracy are thus critical factors that can be improved by new sensing / processing technologies. OBJECTIVES: We aim to develop a portable and affordable system, suitable for home rehabilitation, which combines vision-based and wearable sensors...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922659/eye-movement-analysis-and-cognitive-assessment-the-use-of-comparative-visual-search-tasks-in-a-non-immersive-vr-application
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Pedro J Rosa, Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira, Diogo Morais, Matthew Pavlovic, Olivia Smyth, Inês Maia, Tiago Gomes
BACKGROUND: An adequate behavioral response depends on attentional and mnesic processes. When these basic cognitive functions are impaired, the use of non-immersive Virtual Reality Applications (VRAs) can be a reliable technique for assessing the level of impairment. However, most non-immersive VRAs use indirect measures to make inferences about visual attention and mnesic processes (e.g., time to task completion, error rate). OBJECTIVES: To examine whether the eye movement analysis through eye tracking (ET) can be a reliable method to probe more effectively where and how attention is deployed and how it is linked with visual working memory during comparative visual search tasks (CVSTs) in non-immersive VRAs...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144682/representation-of-people-s-decisions-in-health-information-systems-a-complementary-approach-for-understanding-health-care-systems-and-population-health
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Fernan Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros, Adriana R Dawidowski, Silvana Figar
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we aimed: 1) to conceptualize the theoretical challenges facing health information systems (HIS) to represent patients' decisions about health and medical treatments in everyday life; 2) to suggest approaches for modeling these processes. METHODS: The conceptualization of the theoretical and methodological challenges was discussed in 2015 during a series of interdisciplinary meetings attended by health informatics staff, epidemiologists and health professionals working in quality management and primary and secondary prevention of chronic diseases of the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, together with sociologists, anthropologists and e-health stakeholders...
February 1, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144678/discussion-of-representation-of-people-s-decisions-in-health-information-systems-a-complementary-approach-for-understanding-health-care-systems-and-population-health
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Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Elizabeth M Borycki, Michio Kimura, Christoph U Lehmann, Nancy M Lorenzi, Lincoln A Moura, Alfred Winter
This article is part of a For-Discussion-Section of Methods of Information in Medicine about the paper "Representation of People's Decisions in Health Information Systems: A Complementary Approach for Understanding Health Care Systems and Population Health" written by Fernan Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quiros, Adriana Ruth Dawidowski, and Silvana Figar. It is introduced by an editorial. This article contains the combined commentaries invited to independently comment on the paper of de Quiros, Dawidowski, and Figar...
February 1, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144677/health-information-systems-supporting-health-and-resiliency-through-improved-decision-making
#9
David Ring, William M Tierney
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February 1, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119991/research-strategies-for-biomedical-and-health-informatics-some-thought-provoking-and-critical-proposals-to-encourage-scientific-debate-on-the-nature-of-good-research-in-medical-informatics
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Reinhold Haux, Casimir A Kulikowski, Suzanne Bakken, Simon de Lusignan, Michio Kimura, Sabine Koch, John Mantas, Victor Maojo, Michael Marschollek, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Anne Moen, Hyeoun-Ae Park, Indra N Sarkar, Tze Yun Leong, Alexa T McCray
BACKGROUND: Medical informatics, or biomedical and health informatics (BMHI), has become an established scientific discipline. In all such disciplines there is a certain inertia to persist in focusing on well-established research areas and to hold on to well-known research methodologies rather than adopting new ones, which may be more appropriate. OBJECTIVES: To search for answers to the following questions: What are research fields in informatics, which are not being currently adequately addressed, and which methodological approaches might be insufficiently used? Do we know about reasons? What could be consequences of change for research and for education? METHODS: Outstanding informatics scientists were invited to three panel sessions on this topic in leading international conferences (MIE 2015, Medinfo 2015, HEC 2016) in order to get their answers to these questions...
January 25, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922661/fin-tiera-a-tool-for-assessing-technology-induced-errors
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Sari Palojoki, Tuuli Pajunen, Lasse Lehtonen, Kaija Saranto
BACKGROUND: Due to the complexity of healthcare processes, the potential for Health Information Systems (HIS) to cause technology-induced errors is a growing concern. Health Information Technology (HIT) errors nearly always threaten good patient care and can lead to patient harm. Instruments to allow hospitals to proactively identify areas of Electronic Health Records (EHR) safety, to set priorities and to intervene before incidents occur are currently underdeveloped. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to design a Finnish questionnaire to measure EHR users' perceptions of common EHR-related safety concerns in a specialized hospital district context through the lens of the theory of socio-technical dimensions...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922658/detecting-anxiety-states-when-caring-for-people-with-dementia
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Darién Miranda, Jesús Favela, Bert Arnrich
BACKGROUND: Caregiving is a complex, stressful activity, which frequently leads to anxiety and the development of depressive disorders. Recent advances in wearable sensing allows to monitor relevant physiological data of the caregiver for detecting anxiety spans and for enacting coping strategies to reduce their anxiety when needed. OBJECTIVES: This work proposes a method to infer anxiety states of caregivers when caring for people with dementia, by using physiological data...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922657/social-aware-event-handling-within-the-fallrisk-project
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Femke De Backere, Jan Van den Bergh, Sven Coppers, Shirley Elprama, Jelle Nelis, Stijn Verstichel, An Jacobs, Karin Coninx, Femke Ongenae, Filip De Turck
OBJECTIVES: With the uprise of the Internet of Things, wearables and smartphones are moving to the foreground. Ambient Assisted Living solutions are, for example, created to facilitate ageing in place. One example of such systems are fall detection systems. Currently, there exists a wide variety of fall detection systems using different methodologies and technologies. However, these systems often do not take into account the fall handling process, which starts after a fall is identified or this process only consists of sending a notification...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922656/wearable-therapy-detecting-information-from-wearables-and-mobiles-that-are-relevant-to-clinical-and-self-directed-therapy
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Bert Arnrich, Cem Ersoy, Oscar Mayora, Anind Dey, Nadia Berthouze, Kai Kunze
BACKGROUND: This accompanying editorial provides a brief introduction into the focus theme "Wearable Therapy". OBJECTIVES: The focus theme "Wearable Therapy" aims to present contributions which target wearable and mobile technologies to support clinical and self-directed therapy. METHODS: A call for papers was announced to all participants of the "9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare" and was published in November 2015...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782291/person-generated-data-in-self-quantification-a-health-informatics-research-program
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Kathleen Gray, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez, Guillermo H Lopez-Campos, Manal Almalki, Mark Merolli
OBJECTIVES: The availability of internet-connected mobile, wearable and ambient consumer technologies, direct-to-consumer e-services and peer-to-peer social media sites far outstrips evidence about the efficiency, effectiveness and efficacy of using them in healthcare applications. The aim of this paper is to describe one approach to build a program of health informatics research, so as to generate rich and robust evidence about health data and information processing in self-quantification and associated healthcare and health outcomes...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782289/unobtrusive-and-continuous-monitoring-of-alcohol-impaired-gait-using-smart-shoes
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Eunjeong Park, Sunghoon I Lee, Hyo Suk Nam, Jordan H Garst, Alex Huang, Andrew Campion, Monica Arnell, Nima Ghalehsariand, Sangsoo Park, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Daniel C Lu, Majid Sarrafzadeh
BACKGROUND: Alcohol ingestion influences sensory-motor function and the overall well-being of individuals. Detecting alcohol-induced impairments in gait in daily life necessitates a continuous and unobtrusive gait monitoring system. OBJECTIVES: This paper introduces the development and use of a non-intrusive monitoring system to detect changes in gait induced by alcohol intoxication. METHODS: The proposed system employed a pair of sensorized smart shoes that are equipped with pressure sensors on the insole...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27782287/graphical-presentation-of-patient-treatment-interaction-elucidated-by-continuous-biomarkers-current-practice-and-scope-for-improvement
#17
Yu-Ming Shen, Lien D Le, Rory Wilson, Ulrich Mansmann
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers providing evidence for patient-treatment interaction are key in the development and practice of personalized medicine. Knowledge that a patient with a specific feature - as demonstrated through a biomarker - would have an advantage under a given treatment vs. a competing treatment can aid immensely in medical decision-making. Statistical strategies to establish evidence of continuous biomarkers are complex and their formal results are thus not easy to communicate...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714397/comparing-graphical-formats-for-feedback-of-clinical-practice-data-a-multicenter-study-among-anesthesiologists-in-france
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Aurelie Petit-Monéger, Florence Saillour-Glénisson, Karine Nouette-Gaulain, Vianney Jouhet, Louis-Rachid Salmi
OBJECTIVES: Although graphical formats used to feedback clinical practice data may have an important impact, the most effective formats remain unknown. Using prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting by anesthesiologists as an application, the objective of this study was to assess which graphical formats for feedback of clinical practice data are the most incentive to change practice. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter cross-sectional study among anesthesiologists randomized in two groups between March and June 2014...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27523820/refining-the-concepts-of-self-quantification-needed-for-health-self-management-a-thematic-literature-review
#19
Manal Almalki, Kathleen Gray, Fernando J Martin-Sanchez
BACKGROUND: Questions like 'How is your health? How are you feeling? How have you been?' now can be answered in a different way due to innovative health self-quantification apps and devices. These apps and devices generate data that enable individuals to be informed and more responsible about their own health. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to review studies on health SQ, firstly, exploring the concepts that are associated with the users' interaction with and around data for managing health; and secondly, the potential benefits and challenges that are associated with the use of such data to maintain or promote health, as well as their impact on the users' certainty or confidence in taking effective actions upon such data...
January 9, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868133/ensemble-pruning-for-glaucoma-detection-in-an-unbalanced-data-set
#20
Werner Adler, Olaf Gefeller, Asma Gul, Folkert K Horn, Zardad Khan, Berthold Lausen
BACKGROUND: Random forests are successful classifier ensemble methods consisting of typically 100 to 1000 classification trees. Ensemble pruning techniques reduce the computational cost, especially the memory demand, of random forests by reducing the number of trees without relevant loss of performance or even with increased performance of the sub-ensemble. The application to the problem of an early detection of glaucoma, a severe eye disease with low prevalence, based on topographical measurements of the eye background faces specific challenges...
December 7, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
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