Paper: Analyzing Patient Records to Establish If and When a Patient Suffered from a Medical Condition

ACL ID W12-2405
Title Analyzing Patient Records to Establish If and When a Patient Suffered from a Medical Condition
Venue Workshop on Biomedical Natural Language Processing
Session
Year 2012
Authors

The growth of digital clinical data has raised questions as to how best to leverage this data to aid the world of healthcare. Promising ap- plication areas include Information Retrieval and Question-Answering systems. Such sys- tems require an in-depth understanding of the texts that are processed. One aspect of this understanding is knowing if a medical con- dition outlined in a patient record is recent, or if it occurred in the past. As well as this, patient records often discuss other individu- als such as family members. This presents a second problem - determining if a medi- cal condition is experienced by the patient de- scribed in the report or some other individ- ual. In this paper, we investigate the suitabil- ity of a machine learning (ML) based system for resolving these tasks o...