Objective diagnosis and documentation on virtual patients.

A core area of the Research Unit for 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 diagnosis and progress documentation provides a basis for evidence-based scientific evaluations and assessments of burn treatment. BurnCase 3D improves the quality of medical diagnosis and documentation by automatically generating evaluations and coding suggestions.

The system can be adapted to different requirements of institutions or countries to support and optimize 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, amongst other things, for chronic wound treatment. Especially here an assessment of current therapies is possible only by means of chronological, structured and objective progress documentation.

Particularly in this medical environment, there is a demand for comprehensive qualitative data collection for studies and thus for the creation of a scientific basis for a medical expert or decision support system. The projects Qutis 3D and Surface 3D (web-based) should make this possible in the future. 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 was developed using the joint experience in this field.

The projects of the Research Unit Medical Informatics are funded by the State of Upper Austria through the Strategic Economic and Research Program “Innovatives OÖ 2020.”

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