Title: Integrated data visualisation: an approach to capture older adults' wellness

Authors: Thai Le; Katarzyna Wilamowska; George Demiris; Hilaire Thompson

Addresses: Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington, Box 357240, 1959 NE Pacific Street, HSB I-264, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. ' Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington, Box 357240, 1959 NE Pacific Street, HSB I-264, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. ' Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington, Box 357240, 1959 NE Pacific Street, HSB I-264, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. ' Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington, Box 357266, Seattle, WA 98195, USA

Abstract: Informatics tools can help support the health and independence of older adults. In this paper, we present an approach towards integrating health-monitoring data and describe several techniques for the assessment and visualisation of integrated health and well-being of older adults. We present three different visualisation techniques to provide distinct alternatives towards display of the same information, focusing on reducing the cognitive load of data interpretation. We demonstrate the feasibility of integrating health-monitoring information into a comprehensive measure of wellness, while also highlighting the challenges of designing visual displays targeted at multiple user groups. These visual displays of wellness can be incorporated into personal health records and can be an effective support for informed decision-making.

Keywords: data visualisation; older adults; integrated health; graphical displays; electronic healthcare; e-healthcare; elderly; health monitoring; well-being; data interpretation; wellness; personal health records; PHRs; medical informatics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEH.2012.049872

International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 2012 Vol.7 No.2, pp.89 - 104

Available online: 17 Oct 2012 *

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