An iconic language for the Visualization of Concepts in Medicine

Lesson 8 : Icons for health professionals and medical documents

Health professionals

Health professionals are represented using a small top-right head-like pictogram, which is added to the icon of the professional specialty, for example:


Physician
Biologist
Cardiologist
Pharmacist
Dermatologist
Nurse
Cancerologist
Physiotherapist
Allergologist
Dietician
Pediatrician
 
Occupational physician
 
 

The same icons are used to represent the different services, for example in a hospital:


Cardiology
Biology
Cancerology
Radiology, imagery
Geriatrics
Pharmacy
Palliative care
 
Preventive medicine
 
Digestive surgery
 
 

Medical documents

Medical documents are represented by an icon indicating the specialty or medical procedure to which the document relates, and by adding a small top-right pictogram representing a sheet of paper:

Document in cardiology
Report for a prostate surgical operation
Chest X ray
 

Exercise 1

What do the following icons mean?

(1) Answer: Submit

 

(2) Answer: Submit

 

(3) Answer: Submit

 

(4) Answer: Submit

 

(5) Answer: Submit

Exercise 2

The following “Mister VCM” summarizes the various documents available in a patient record, each document being identified by its icon or the icon for the relevant medical specialty.

Patient

 

Reply to the following questions:

 

Is there an ocular fundus examination for this patient? (6-a) Oui Right answer! (6-b) Non Wrong answer!
This patient had pulmonary surgical history? (7-a) Oui Wrong answer! (7-b) Non Right answer!
This patient had a history of cardiac surgery? (8-a) Oui Wrong answer! (8-b) Non Right answer!
This patient had a history of ENT surgery? (9-a) Oui Right answer! (9-b) Non Wrong answer!
This patient had a history of digestive surgery? (10-a) Oui Wrong answer! (10-b) Non Right answer!

 

You’ve come to the end of the tutorial for learning VCM, bravo! Do not forget to take a look at dictionaries and lexicon of pictograms.