A Software System to Collect Expert Relevance Ratings of Medical Record Items for Specific Clinical Tasks
by H Benjamin Harvey, Arun Krishnaraj, Tarik K Alkasab
(Published on 28 Feb 2014)
Development of task-specific electronic medical record (EMR) searches and user interfaces has the potential to improve the efficiency and safety of health care while curbing rising costs. The development of such tools must be data-driven and guided by a strong understanding of practitioner information requirements with respect to specific clinical tasks or scenarios. To acquire this important data, this paper describes a model by which expert practitioners are leveraged to identify which components of the medical record are most relevant to a specific clinical task. We also describe the computer system that was created to efficiently implement this model of data gathering. The system extracts medical record data from the EMR of patients matching a given clinical scenario, de-identifies...
Designing an Algorithm to Preserve Privacy for Medical Record Linkage With Error-Prone Data
by Doyel Pal, Tingting Chen, Sheng Zhong, Praveen Khethavath
(Published on 20 Jan 2014)
Background: Linking medical records across different medical service providers is important to the enhancement of health care quality and public health surveillance. In records linkage, protecting the patients’ privacy is a primary requirement. In real-world health care databases, records may well contain errors due to various reasons such as typos. Linking the error-prone data and preserving data privacy at the same time are very difficult. Existing privacy preserving solutions for this problem are only restricted to textual data. Objective: To enable different medical service providers to link their error-prone data in a private way, our aim was to provide a holistic solution by designing and developing a medical record linkage system for medical service providers. Methods: To...
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