RealViz – Interactive Visualizations for Real-Life Systems


RealViz Talk Series

Enhancing Patient Experiences through Technology

 Dr. Ann Fruhling Abstract: Dr. Fruhling will present two recent usability studies examining patient experiences using new interactive technology. The first study, “Natural-Setting PHR Usability Evaluation using the NASA TLX to Measure Cognitive Load of Patients”, evaluated the usability of an electronic interactive intake form called the pre-visit summary, a new feature in the Patient Health Record (PHR), from the perspective of cognitive load using real cardiovascular patients in a clinical setting. A validated measure for cognitive load, the NASA Task Load Index, was used along with retrospective interviews to identify tasks within the pre-visit summary that increased participants’ cognitive load. The second study, “Patient Preferences for Authentication and Security: A Comparison Study of Younger and Older Patients” examined authentication and security preferences of younger versus older patients after interacting with a PHR prototype in a clinical setting. Both studies contribute to the knowledge of improving and enhancing the overall patient experience.

Bio:Dr. Ann Fruhling, is the Charles W. and Margre H. Durham Distinguished Professor of College of Information Science and Technology and the founding Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The School is the home of four degrees: Cybersecurity, Bioinformatics, Biomedical Informatics and IT Innovation. Dr. Fruhling is also the Director of the Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory. She has over 100 publications and has received close to $8.3M in research-related funding. Dr. Fruhling's research focuses on evaluating and improving human - computer interaction efficiency and effectiveness in the healthcare and public health domains.

Since 2002, she has been the Principal Investigator of an emergency response system and bioterrorism surveillance system for public health laboratories called STATPack™ which has been deployed in over 65 health laboratories across the Midwest. She is a co-PI on a NIH R01, ARHQ grant that focuses on optimizing the EHR for cardiac care. She is the PI for a grant sponsored by the Department of Transportation and awarded by UNL’s University Transportation Center that is conducting research and development to minimize the impact to first responders in the case of a HAZMAT transportation incident. The project team is developing an integrated dashboard (user interface) to monitor first responders health parameters from IoT devices’ data. In addition, she is a co-PI for the Biomedical Informatics KCA that supports the NIH funded IDeA Center for Translational Research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Fruhling collaborates often with Environmental Health and Toxicology scientists on a citizen science project testing and reporting contaminants in Nebraska watersheds.

Data Visualization Across Disciplines

  • Speaker: Dr. Michelle Borkin, , Northeastern University, Research Fellow at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Date and Time: Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019, 2:00 - 3:20 PM Postponed until Fall 2019 due to snow emergency
  • Location: Smith 122 and online: TBA

Michelle Borkin Abstract: What can help enable both the treatment of heart disease and the discovery of newborn stars? Visualization. Specifically interdisciplinary data visualization, the sharing and co-development of tools and techniques across domains. Visualization is a powerful tool for data exploration and analysis. With data ever-increasing in quantity, having effective visualizations is necessary for knowledge discovery and data insight. In this talk I will share sample results from my own research and experience crossing disciplines and bringing together the knowledge and experts of computer science, astrophysics, radiology and medicine. I will present new visualization techniques and tools inspired by this work for the astronomical and medical communities including Glue, a multi-dimensional linked-data visual exploration tool.

Bio:Dr. Michelle Borkin works on the development of novel visualization techniques and tools to enable new insights and discoveries in data. She works across disciplines to bring together computer scientists, doctors, and astronomers to collaborate on new analysis and visualization techniques, and cross-fertilize techniques across disciplines. Her research has resulted in the development of novel computer assisted diagnostics in cardiology, scalable visualization solutions for large network data sets, and novel astrophysical visualization tools and discoveries. Her main research interests include information and scientific visualization, hierarchical and multidimensional data representations, network visualization, visualization cognition, user interface design, human computer interaction (HCI), and evaluation methodologies. Prior to joining Northeastern, Dr. Borkin was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia, as well as Associate in Computer Science at Harvard and Research Fellow at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in 2014. She also has an MS in Applied Physics and a BA in Astronomy and Astrophysics & Physics from Harvard University. She was previously a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellow, and a TED Fellow.