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December, 2014

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Review of Extracting Information From the Social Web for Health Personalization

Fernandez-Luque L et al, J Med Internet Res, 13(1)

In recent years the Web has come into its own as a social platform where health consumers are actively creating and consuming Web content. Moreover, as the Web matures, consumers are gaining access to personalized applications adapted to their health needs and interests. The creation of personalized Web applications relies on extracted information about the users and the content to personalize. The Social Web itself provides many sources of information that can be used to extract information for personalization apart from traditional Web forms and questionnaires.
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29 January 2011 | No Comments »
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Characterization of public health alerts and their suitability for alerting in electronic health record systems

Garrett NY et al, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 17(1)

Public health agencies including federal, state, and local governments routinely send out public health advisories and alerts via e-mail and text messages to health care providers to increase awareness of public health events and situations. Agencies must ensure that practitioners have timely and accessible information at the critical point-of-care. Electronic health record (EHR) systems have the potential to alert physicians of emerging health conditions deemed important for public health at the most critical time of need. To understand how public health agencies can leverage existing alerting mechanisms in EHR systems, it is important to understand characteristics of public health alerts to determine their suitability for alerting in EHR systems.
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11 December 2010 | No Comments »
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Biomedical Informatics Techniques for Processing and Analyzing Web Blogs of Military Service Members

Konovalov S et al, J Med Internet Res, 12(4)

Web logs (“blogs”) have become a popular mechanism for people to express their daily thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Many of these expressions contain health care-related themes, both physical and mental, similar to information discussed during a clinical interview or medical consultation. Thus, some of the information contained in blogs might be important for health care research, especially in mental health where stress-related conditions may be difficult and expensive to diagnose and where early recognition is often key to successful treatment. In the field of biomedical informatics, techniques such as information retrieval (IR) and natural language processing (NLP) are often used to unlock information contained in free-text notes. These methods might assist the clinical research community to better understand feelings and emotions post deployment and the burden of symptoms of stress among US military service members.
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5 October 2010 | No Comments »
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Getting to the point: developing IT for the sharp end of healthcare

Nemeth C et al, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 38(1)

Healthcare demonstrates the same properties of risk, complexity, uncertainty, dynamic change, and time-pressure as other high hazard sectors including aviation, nuclear power generation, the military, and transportation. Unlike those sectors, healthcare has particular traits that make it unique such as wide variability, ad hoc configuration, evanescence, resource constraints, and governmental and professional regulation. While healthcare’s blunt (management) end is more easily understood, the sharp (operator) end is more difficult to research the closer one gets to the sharp end’s point.
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5 August 2010 | No Comments »
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Archetype-based electronic health records: a literature review and evaluation of their applicability to health data interoperability and access

Wollersheim D et al, The HIM Journal, 38(2)

Health Information Managers (HIMs) are responsible for overseeing health information. The change management necessary during the transition to electronic health records (EHR) is substantial, and ongoing. Archetype-based EHRs are a core health information system component which solve many of the problems that arise during this period of change. Archetypes are models of clinical content, and they have many beneficial properties. They are interoperable, both between settings and through time. They are more amenable to change than conventional paradigms, and their design is congruent with clinical practice. This paper is an overview of the current archetype literature relevant to Health Information Managers.
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7 July 2010 | No Comments »
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How do consumers search for and appraise health information on the world wide web? Qualitative study using focus groups, usability tests, and in-depth interviews

Eysenbach G, Köhler C. BMJ, 324(7337)

To describe techniques for retrieval and appraisal used by consumers when they search for health information on the internet.

Qualitative study using focus groups, naturalistic observation of consumers searching the world wide web in a usability laboratory, and in-depth interviews.
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9 May 2010 | No Comments »
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An analysis of clinical queries in an electronic health record search utility

Natarajan K et al, International Journal of Medical Informatics, 2010

While search engines have become nearly ubiquitous on the Web, electronic health records (EHRs) generally lack search functionality; furthermore, there is no knowledge on how and what healthcare providers search while using an EHR-based search utility. In this study, we sought to understand user needs as captured by their search queries.
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1 May 2010 | No Comments »
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A comparison of websites from Spanish, American and British hospitals

Llinás, Gilberto et al, Methods of Information in Medicine, 47(2)

To evaluate and compare the user-orientation of Spanish, American and British hospital websites.
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2 April 2010 | No Comments »
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Integrated care needs integrated information management and technology

Protti, Denis, Healthcare Quarterly, 13 Spec No

Integrated care entails that professionals from different organizations have to work together in a team-oriented way to provide high-quality care for a patient. This requires that healthcare professionals share information about–and with–patients at appropriate points in the care or treatment process.
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27 March 2010 | No Comments »
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Some unintended consequences of information technology in health care: the nature of patient care information system-related errors

Ash, Joan S. et al, J Am Med Inform Assoc, 11(2)

Medical error reduction is an international issue, as is the implementation of patient care information systems (PCISs) as a potential means to achieving it. As researchers conducting separate studies in the United States, The Netherlands, and Australia, using similar qualitative methods to investigate implementing PCISs, the authors have encountered many instances in which PCIS applications seem to foster errors rather than reduce their likelihood.
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22 March 2010 | No Comments »
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Semantic Interoperability in Czech Healthcare Environment Supported by HL7 Version 3

Nagy, M. et al, Methods of Information in Medicine, 49(2)

The data interchange in the Czech healthcare environment is mostly based on national standards. This paper describes a utilization of international standards and nomenclatures for building a pilot semantic interoperability platform (SIP) that would serve to exchange information among electronic health record systems (EHR-Ss) in Czech healthcare. The work was performed by the national research project of the “Information Society” program.
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21 March 2010 | No Comments »
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Illness stories on the internet: what do breast cancer patients want at the end of treatment?

Overberg, Regina et al, Psycho-Oncology, 16(10)

The study aims to elicit user requirements for internet-based applications disclosing fellow patients’ illness stories for the benefit of breast cancer patients. Twenty-six breast cancer patients, recruited via the Dutch Patient Organization for Breast Cancer, were interviewed about their preferences with regards to content, appearance, and search options concerning fellow patients’ illness stories online. The interviews were analysed quantitatively (SPSS) and qualitatively (NVivo). Participants were mainly interested in fellow patients’ experiences about how to cope with emotions, the impact of cancer in daily life, and physical discomforts.
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11 March 2010 | No Comments »
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