Evaluation of natural language processing from emergency department computerized medical records for intra-hospital syndromic surveillance

January 2011
BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making;2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p50
Academic Journal
The article presents a study on an automated clinical decision support system to identify patient having potential to cause hospital infection epidemics. The study analyzed narrative reports in electronic medical records from emergency department (ED), and developed an application Urglndex which is capable of processing natural language in narrative reports. The study demonstrates the feasibility of an automated method for processing narrative reports, to help in detecting infectious patients.


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