Prof. John Robert McDonald
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 notes 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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