Automatic Clinical Procedure Detection for Emergency Services

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2019 Jul:2019:337-340. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2019.8856281.


Understanding a patient's state is critical to providing optimal care. However, information loss occurs during patient hand-offs (e.g., emergency services (EMS) transferring patient care to a receiving hospital), which hinders care quality. Augmenting the information flow from an EMS vehicle to a receiving hospital may reduce information loss and improve patient outcomes. Such augmentation requires a noninvasive system that can automatically recognize clinical procedures being performed and send near real-time information to a receiving hospital. An automatic clinical procedure detection system that uses wearable sensors, video, and machine-learning to recognize clinical procedures within a controlled environment is presented. The system demonstrated how contextual information and a majority vote method can substantially improve procedure recognition accuracy. Future work concerning computer vision techniques and deep learning are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Quality of Health Care