Otago University, New Zealand
Extracting useful information from free text medical
data / Computer Science at Otago University
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Research Unit in
Dunedin collects consultation notes from about 10% of New Zealand's
General Practices. Part of each record is a free text field
containing a short note typed into the computer system in a family
doctor's office, probably while the patient is present. These
are a valuable record of activity, but are difficult to analyse, as
they contain abbreviations, ambiguous terms and other errors. This
talk will describe the data set and outline some approaches to
extracting useful information from it.
If time allows, a presentation on Otago University and
the Computer Science Department will be given with a
brief introduction to our research activities.
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