Reducing Physicians’ Cognitive Load During Chart Review: A Problem-Oriented Summary of the Patient Electronic Record
Overabundance of information within electronic health records (EHRs) has resulted in a need for automated systems to mitigate the cognitive burden on physicians utilizing today’s EHR systems. We present ProSPER, a Problem-oriented Summary of the Patient Electronic Record that displays a patient summary centered around an autogenerated problem list and disease-specific views for chronic conditions. ProSPER was developed using 1,500 longitudinal patient records from two large multi-specialty medical groups in the United States, and leverages multiple natural language processing (NLP) components targeting various fundamental (e.g. syntactic analysis), clinical (e.g. adverse drug event extraction) and summarizing (e.g. problem list generation) tasks. We report evaluation results for each component and discuss how specific components address existing physician challenges in reviewing EHR data. This work demonstrates the need to leverage holistic information in EHRs to build a comprehensive summarization application, and the potential for NLP-based applications to support physicians and improve clinical care.