A Visual Analytics Dashboard to Summarize Serial Anesthesia Records in Pediatric Radiation Treatment

Olivia Nelson, Brian Sturgis, Keri Gilbert, Elizabeth Henry, Kelly Clegg, Jonathan M. Tan, Jack O. Wasey, Allan F. Simpao, Jorge A. Gálvez

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Background Young children who undergo radiation therapy may require general anesthesia to remain still during weeks of radiation sessions. On a typical day at our hospital, an anesthesia team will care for 10 patients in the radiation therapy suite, and each patient will have multiple prior anesthetic records. Daily review of prior anesthesia records is important to maintain anesthetic consistency and to identify potential improvement, yet our electronic health record (EHR) made such review time-consuming and cumbersome. Objectives This article aims to design a visual analytics interface that simultaneously displays data from multiple anesthesia encounters to support clinical consistency in medications and airway management. Methods Documentation from the EHR is available in the clinical data warehouse following daily backups. A visual analytics interface was built to aggregate important components of multiple anesthesia encounters in pediatric radiation oncology on a single screen. The application was embedded in the EHR's anesthesia module and updated daily. Results Each anesthesia encounter was represented by a vertical line with the date at the bottom of the screen. Each vertical line was divided into sections corresponding to the medications, type of airway device, type of radiation oncology procedure, days between treatments, and recovery score and time. Information about the medications, airways, and procedures was shown with icon legends. This layout enabled users to quickly see the key components of multiple anesthetics and make inferences between, for example, the medications used and the recovery score. Conclusion The dashboard provides a high-level summary of all radiation therapy anesthesia records for children receiving recurrent treatments. In this clinical scenario, it is desirable to replicate an optimal anesthetic approach for daily or near-daily treatments or adjust the anesthetic based on observed patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-569
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Clinical Informatics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • data warehousing
  • documentation
  • efficiency
  • electronic health records
  • workflow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Information Management


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