Uncovering insights from healthcare archives to improve operations: An association analysis for cervical cancer screening

Carmen Kar Hang Lee, Ying Kei Tse, G. T.S. Ho, S. H. Chung

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The digitalisation in healthcare opens opportunities for more effective chronic disease management. Digitalised medical records are valuable data sources for identifying high-risk patients and facilitating early clinical intervention. However, the liberation of data has plagued adoption amongst physicians as massive data mean more difficult to identify important knowledge from the data. In the cervical cancer context, many patients are adherence to prescription medications only when symptoms appear, beyond the earlier point-in-time of the disease progression. Regular screening is the only way to detect abnormal cells that may develop into cancer if left untreated. Yet, without a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between risk factors and healthcare outcomes, inappropriate screening procedures may be conducted, lengthening the treatment process. Delay in the treatment process may have an irreversible influence on patients’ conditions as chronic diseases progress. This study demonstrates a data-mining framework which extracts knowledge that can advance cervical cancer screening processes in the form of association rules and improves the generalisation potential of the rules for deployment. The knowledge discovered serves as an additional supplement for physicians’ experience and uncovers appropriate screening strategies based on patients’ risk factors, increasing the chances of high-risk patients getting treated for cervical pre-cancers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120375
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Association rules
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Chronic disease management
  • Healthcare analytics
  • Knowledge discovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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