EOPR – HCI Paper Accepted

August 23rd, 2011

We are delighted to announce that our paper entitled “‘Acted Reality’ in Electronic Patient Record Research: A Bridge between Laboratory and Ethnographic Studies’” has been accepted for the 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (Interact ’11).

The paper describes our process, working with actors to develop ‘acted reality’ scenarios as used in our field studies. This conference will take place in Lisbon, Portugal in September 2011, please visit the link below for more information.

EOPR – University of Sussex’s 2011 Research Review

August 18th, 2011

PREP was highlighted in Sussex University’s 2011 Research Review, which launched on June 9th at the University of Sussex Biennial research dinner at the Royal Society, London.  The University promotes interdisciplinary collaboration through its six Research Themes, and PREP was chosen to illustrate excellence in collaborative research on the theme of Environment and Health.

A profile of the study, and an interview with Rosemary – along with the rest of the Research Review – can be found through the link below.

EOPR – HCI Field Studies Data Collection Completed

July 23rd, 2011

The PREP project would like to announce the completion of the data collection phase in the Ergonomics of Electronic Patient Record field studies.

We now have over 30 hours of video data of consultations, along with interviews and photos to analyse in depth. It looks as if we will have a lot to report in the coming months.


June 29th, 2011

Dr. Rob Koeling will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Annotating a corpus of clinical text records for learning to recognize symptoms automatically’, at LOUHI 2011: the third international workshop on health document text mining and information analysis.

The paper covers a report on a project to create a corpus of clinical free text records enriched with annotation for symptoms of a particular disease (ovarian cancer). The data that we used, the annotation procedure and the resulting corpus are discussed in detail. The corpus (approximately 192K words) is annotated by three clinicians and a procedure was designed to resolve disagreements. In the next stage in our project this data will be used to train an algorithm to recognize these symptoms automatically in unseen text.

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EOPR – Society for Academic Primary Care Conference 2011

June 14th, 2011

The PREP team will be presenting several abstracts at this summer’s Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) conference, taking place in Bristol during July 2011. The presentations will be taking place on Wednesday 6th July, on the following topics:

Lesley Axelrod: Secondary use of data recorded in primary care: insights from human computer interaction field studies, SAPC, Wednesday 6th July, 14.10 – 15.40, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

Jackie Cassell: Use primary care database records for epidemiological and health services research: the impact of data held in free text, SAPC, Wednesday 6th July, 14.10 – 15.40, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

Helen Smith: The early presentation and management of rheumatoid arthritis cases in primary care, SAPC, Wednesday 6th July 15.40 – 16.40, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

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EOPR – BMJ Open Publication

February 23rd, 2011

We recently published a paper on free text in the recording ovarian cancer in BMJ Open – “Using free text information to explore how and when GPs code a diagnosis of ovarian cancer: an observational study using primary care records of patients with ovarian cancer”, by Rosemary Tate, Alex Martin, Aishath Ali and Jackie Cassell.

The paper was press released with the first edition of the journal, and it was one of the journal’s top downloaded papers in April 2011!

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EOPR – The International Implementation of Electronic Health Records (Conference)

October 20th, 2010

PREP members, Jackie Cassell and Aishath Ali will be presenting a poster concerning the Ergonomics of Patient Records at the International Implementation of Electronic Health Records Conference, on the 26th October 2010, from 9am – 5pm. This will take place at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA.

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EOPR – Art & Science Unite for Ropetackle Festival

October 15th, 2010

Four leading academics from the University of Sussex will take to the stage with musicians, artists, actors and students to share the wonder of science as part of a special festival this month (October 19-30).

University Vice-Chancellor and gastroenterologist Michael Farthing, geneticist Alan Lehmann, health science expert Jackie Cassell and neuroscientist Anil Seth will explain their research to the public with help from artists inspired by aspects of their work at the Art of Life Science festival at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham (16-30 October 2010).

The series will bring together each scientist with an arts “partner”, with the aim of illustrating and interpreting the science.

PI to the PREP project, Jackie Cassell will be working with students from Northbrook College In Who’s Looking at Your Medical Records? Professor Jackie Cassell, an expert in the use of information technology in the development of healthcare, explains why personal health records are vital in building a picture of health in modern Britain. Students from Northbrook College will provide their own dramatic interpretation of the points Professor Cassell raises in her talk.

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EOPR – Wellcome Trust Press Release

March 4th, 2010

Yesterday, the Wellcome Trust published a press release concerning PREP Researcher, Rosemary Tate’s work into delays in Ovarian Cancer referrals. Please see below for link to full text.

“A study of electronic patient records, funded by the Wellcome Trust, suggests that older women with suspected ovarian cancer may be referred by their GPs for investigation later than younger women.


Researchers at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School studied records from the General Practice Research Database (GPRD) and compared recorded diagnoses of ovarian cancer against rates in the UK cancer registries to see whether there was a difference in how older patients are managed by their GP. The results are published today in the ‘British Journal of Cancer’.”…

Rosemary Tate

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EOPR – Electronic Health Record Informatics Workshop

June 3rd, 0201

Rosemary Tate recently presented at the Electronic Health Record Informatics Workshop, at the University of Maryland. This was hosted by the university’s Human Computer Interaction Lab, and took place on Thursday May 26th 2011. Rosemary’s talk was entitled “Visualising Words: Uncovering Hidden Information in Large UK Primary Care Databases”. Details of the symposium can be seen from the link below. Contact Rosemary if you would like to hear more, on

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