The analysis of medical data is a challenging task for health care systems since a huge amount of interesting knowledge can be automatically mined to effectively support both physicians and health care organizations. This paper proposes a data analysis framework based on a multiple-level clustering technique to identify the examination pathways commonly followed by patients with a given disease. This knowledge can support health care organizations in evaluating the medical treatments usually adopted, and thus the incurred costs. The proposed multiple-level strategy allows clustering patient examination datasets with a variable distribution. To measure the relevance of specific examinations for a given disease complication, patient examination data has been represented in the Vector Space Model using the TF-IDF method. As a case study, the proposed approach has been applied to the diabetic care scenario. The experimental validation, performed on a real collection of diabetic patients, demonstrates the effectiveness of the approach in identifying groups of patients with a similar examination history and increasing severity in diabetes complications.
|Titolo:||Analysis of diabetic patients through their examination history|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.eswa.2013.02.006|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|