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Information Visualization to Support Patients' Medical Care Management

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Dr. Fateme Rajabiyazdi

Assistant Professor, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University

February 11, 2021 15:30 - 16:30

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Since the late 20th century, expectations of both healthcare providers and patients have changed towards a model of active patients. Patients show signs of interest in engaging in their medical care in various ways to enhance their health. Healthcare providers also encourage patients to monitor their health statuses and set their own health goals. However, it is challenging to increase patients' involvement in their care; such strategies may place extra pressure on the patients' shoulders or interrupt healthcare providers' practices. While research shows that technology can help mitigate potential challenges that patients and healthcare providers face, the questions of how, where, and what technologies to design remain unanswered.

In my research, I address the need to design effective technologies and information visualization systems that can help patients and healthcare providers increase patient engagement in their care. In this talk, I will discuss designing and developing visualizations to (1) support patients with making data-driven decisions about their care; (2) improve communicating patient self-tracked health data with healthcare providers during clinical visits; (3) facilitate analyzing and reviewing patient medical data collaboratively with healthcare providers during clinical visits.


Dr. Fateme Rajabiyazdi is an assistant professor at the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University. Before joining Carleton, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Surgery, McGill University Health Center, where she was a recipient of FRQS (Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Quebec) 2020. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary in 2018, where she was advised by Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale and was an active member of the Alberta Health Services research institute, the Ward of 21st Century (W21C). She is also a two-time recipient of the W21C health services research scholarship funded through Alberta Innovates (2015-2017). Her research focuses on the design and development of information visualization systems to support patients with their medical care management.

Last updated January 31, 2021

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