SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2017 Tapia Conference

Personalizing Hospital-stay Summaries for Patients


Presenter: Sabita Acharya (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Co-authors: Barbara Di Eugenio (University of Illinois at Chicago), Andrew D. Boyd (University of Illinois at Chicago), Richard Cameron (University of Illinois at Chicago), Karen Dunn Lopez (University of Illinois at Chicago), Pamela Martyn-Nemeth (University of Illinois at Chicago), Carolyn Dickens (University of Illinois at Chicago), Amer Ardati (University of Illinois at Chicago)


Education materials and discharge instructions that are provided to patients when they are discharged from hospitals are usually created using a “one size ts all” approach. How- ever, since the capability of a person to understand health content varies with several factors like his/her age, back- ground, educational status, and medical history, majority of the patients might not be able to benefit from such a gener- alized document. Studies have shown that patients’ perspec- tive is essential for patient education and that engaging the patients in their own care reduces hospitalizations and im- proves the quality of life [Riegel et al., 2011]. Motivated by the results from these studies, we plan to generate personal- ized hospital-stay summaries for patients. In this abstract, we will give an overview of our work in progress: the fac- tors based on which we plan to proceed with personalization and our ideas for incorporating these information into our summaries.