PROJECT TRIGGER: Identifying and displaying important patient-reported outcomes in the Opal mobile app - COMP 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Laurie Hendren

Supervisor's Email: hendren [at]

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Supervisor's department: Computer Science

Course number: COMP 396 (Computer Science)

Term: Winter 2018

Project start date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Project end date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Project title: PROJECT TRIGGER: Identifying and displaying important patient-reported outcomes in the Opal mobile app

Project description:
Prelude: The Health Informatics Group for Opal is a multidisciplinary team co-led by Prof. Laurie Hendren (Computer Science), Dr. John Kildea (Medical Physics) and Dr. Tarek Hijal (Radiation Oncology). The project also has two full-time developers and several part-time developers, as well as a group of undergraduate student researchers each term. Our overall aim is to use technology and data to help cancer patients. One of the key projects is the development of Opal, a mobile app for Oncology patients.
Project: Patient-reported outcomes are an important component of the Opal app. Using questionnaires in Opal, patients may report their own symptoms and side effects to the clinical team. At the time of next visit to the hospital both the patient and the clinical team should have the same symptom summary at hand for discussion. This will save time during appointments and will help ensure that patient concerns and needs are met.
A previous undergraduate researcher designed a first version of a symptom visualization tool (for both the patient and clinician). This project will continue the work, concentrating on how to define automated triggers and visualizations for symptoms that require more attention and discussion between the patient and physician. Such triggers can be used to alert both the patient and the physician about issues that require action.
This project will be co-supervised by Dr. Tarek Hijal (Radiation Oncology).

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% final report, 25% meetings and milestones, 25% software development

Other project information: The group meets with all of the student research students bi-weekly, usually on Friday afternoons at 2pm.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply / Next steps: Please email: (1) Title of project, (2) statement of why you would like this project, (3) copy of transcript and CV.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.