Optimizing Long-Term Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis with Systematic Documentation

Klaus-Martin Simonic, Andreas Holzinger, Marcus Daniel Bloice, Josef Hermann

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About 1% of the population suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. They not only experience pain, but during the course of the disease their mobility is reduced due to a deterioration of their joints. To retard this destructive process an assortment of drugs are available today, however, for optimal results both medication and dosage have to be tailored for each individual patient. RCQM is a clinical information system that moderates this process: within the confines of the examination routine, physicians gather more than 100 clinical and functional parameters (time needed < 10 minutes). The amassed data are morphed into more useable information by applying scoring algorithms (e.g. Disease Activity Score (DAS), Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ)), which is subsequently interpreted as a function of time. The resulting DAS trends and patterns are ultimately used for treatment optimization and as a measure for the quality of patient outcome. Graphical data acquisition and information visualization support the entire interaction between doctor and patient. Both are equally informed of the course of the disease and, in practice, treatment decisions are made jointly. The task of documentation becomes an integral part of the dialog with the patient. This yields an increased level of decision quality, higher compliance, and verifiable patient empowerment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)978-1-61284-767-2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 23 May 201124 May 2011


ConferenceInternational Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare


  • Clinical Information System
  • Decision Support
  • Patient Empowerment
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Data Science
  • information systems

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing

Treatment code (Nähere Zuordnung)

  • Experimental
  • Basic - Fundamental (Grundlagenforschung)

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