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The Craft of Information Visualization by Ben Shneiderman, Benjamin B. Bederson

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LifeLines: Using Visualization to Enhance Navigation and Analysis of Patient Records

Catherine Plaisant, PhD, Richard Mushlin, PhD*, Aaron Snyder, MD**, Jia Li, Dan Heller and Ben Shneiderman, PhD,     Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

LifeLines provide a general visualization environment for personal histories. We explore its use for clinical patient records. A Java user interface is described, which presents a one-screen overview of a computerized patient record using timelines. Problems, diagnoses, test results or medications can be represented as dots or horizontal lines. Zooming provides more details; line color and thickness illustrate relationships or significance. ...

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