Objective diagnosis and documentation on virtual patients.

A core area of the Research Unit Medical Informatics is objective documentation based on virtual patients (three-dimensional models adapted to the real patient).

The origin of this research area lies in the BURNCASE 3D project, a software system to optimize the scientific documentation of severe burn injuries. Manual determination of the burn extent of patients is subject to high error rates and individual variability.

Computerized, complete and objective documentation of the accident and the entire therapy provides the basis for evidence-based scientific evaluations and assessments of burn treatment. BURNCASE 3D improves the quality of burn assessment and documentation by automatically generating evaluations and coding suggestions.

The system is completely adaptable to country and institution to support and improve the documentation of burn injuries.

Through the establishment of this software in the burn injury field, a large amount of scientifically analyzable data can be generated as a basis for studies and for creating a global expert system to benefit burn treatment.

The results in this application field have demonstrated the advantages of efficient, objective documentation on a virtual patient. Meanwhile, these findings and methods have been used, for example, for chronic wound documentation. Even in chronic wound treatment, a success assessment of current therapies is possible only by means of chronological, structured and objective wound documentation.

The reoccurring demands for a comprehensive data collection in order to create medical evidence, as well as expert and support decision systems have not been sufficiently met yet. The QUTIS 3D project fulfills these requirements and helps collect high-quality data for the analysis of chronic wounds.

In order to concentrate the research work in this area, we are collaborating with the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Clinical-Forensic Imaging. They are engaged in the presentation of clinical and forensic data in court, which requires the preparation of diverse data sources such as images and volumetric imaging modalities (CT, MR). A corresponding presentation tool is being developed using the joint experience in this field.

More information at: http://burncase.at/.