Wednesday, October 31, 2012

MIT researchers developing a way to overcome disambiguation in physician notes

When busy doctors are jotting down or dictating patient notes, they may use the same word to mean different things. A common example is the term "discharge." Do we mean discharging a patient from a hospital or a bodily discharge of fluid?

Word-sense disambiguation remains a significant challenge when we try to mine electronic patient notes written by health care professionals.

MIT researchers are exploring ways to overcome this barrier. Read more at MIT News and stay tuned as this team prepares to present their work at the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) annual symposium next week.

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