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  1. Content type: Research article

    Common measures used to describe preventive treatment effects today are proportional, i.e. they compare the proportions of events in relative or absolute terms, however they are not easily interpreted from the...

    Authors: Erik Berglund, Ragnar Westerling, Johan Sundström and Per Lytsy

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:106

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Longevity creates increasing care needs for healthcare providers and family caregivers. Increasingly, the burden of care falls to one primary caregiver, increasing stress and reducing health outcomes. Addition...

    Authors: Yuri Quintana, Bradley Crotty, Darren Fahy, Lewis Lipsitz, Roger B. Davis and Charles Safran

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:105

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  3. Content type: Research article

    To identify publicly available internet resources and assess their likelihood to support women making informed decisions about, and between, fertility preservation procedures before starting their cancer treat...

    Authors: N. Mahmoodi, H. L. Bekker, N. V. King, J. Hughes and G. L. Jones

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:104

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  4. Content type: Research article

    To characterize the regional and national variation in prescribing patterns in the Medicare Part D program using dimensional reduction visualization methods.

    Authors: Alexander Rosenberg, Christopher Fucile, Robert J. White, Melissa Trayhan, Samir Farooq, Caroline M. Quill, Lisa A. Nelson, Samuel J. Weisenthal, Kristen Bush and Martin S. Zand

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:103

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Researchers paid little attention to understanding the association of organizational and human factors with patients’ perceived security in the context of health organizations. This study aims to address numer...

    Authors: Hamid Reza Peikari, Ramayah T., Mahmood Hussain Shah and May Chiun Lo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:102

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Headache disorders are an important health burden, having a large health-economic impact worldwide. Current treatment & follow-up processes are often archaic, creating opportunities for computer-aided and deci...

    Authors: Gilles Vandewiele, Femke De Backere, Kiani Lannoye, Maarten Vanden Berghe, Olivier Janssens, Sofie Van Hoecke, Vincent Keereman, Koen Paemeleire, Femke Ongenae and Filip De Turck

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:98

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The National Sleep Research Resource (NSRR) is a large-scale, openly shared, data repository of de-identified, highly curated clinical sleep data from multiple NIH-funded epidemiological studies. Although many...

    Authors: Licong Cui, Ningzhou Zeng, Matthew Kim, Remo Mueller, Emily R. Hankosky, Susan Redline and Guo-Qiang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:99

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Recent decades have seen rapid growth in the implementation of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) in healthcare settings in both developed regions as well as low and middle income countries. Yet despite substan...

    Authors: Amy O’Donnell, Eileen Kaner, Caroline Shaw and Catherine Haighton

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:101

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  9. Content type: Debate

    Technology can potentially enable the implementation of a value-based healthcare system, where the impact of quality of care is offered at optimised cost for maximised patient benefit. Technology can deliver v...

    Authors: Edward Meinert, Abrar Alturkistani, David Brindley, Peter Knight, Glenn Wells and Nick de Pennington

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:100

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Mobile technology is ubiquitous. Women of childbearing age have embraced health information technology for pregnancy-related counsel as prenatal care provider communication is increasingly scarce and brief. Pr...

    Authors: Lyra Halili, Rebecca Liu, Kelly Ann Hutchinson, Kevin Semeniuk, Leanne M. Redman and Kristi B. Adamo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:95

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  11. Content type: Technical advance

    Increasing mobile phone ownership, functionality and access to mobile-broad band internet services has triggered growing interest to harness the potential of mobile phone technology to improve health services ...

    Authors: Solomon Shiferaw, Andualem Workneh, Robel Yirgu, Geert-Jan Dinant and Mark Spigt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:96

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Mandates abound to share publicly-funded research data for reuse, while data platforms continue to emerge to facilitate such reuse. Birth cohorts (BC) involve longitudinal designs, significant sample sizes and...

    Authors: Kiran Pohar Manhas, Shawn X. Dodd, Stacey Page, Nicole Letourneau, Carol E. Adair, Xinjie Cui and Suzanne C. Tough

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:97

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Cost effectiveness research is emerging in the chronic kidney disease (CKD) research field. Especially, an individual-level state transition model (microsimulation) is widely used for these researches. Some re...

    Authors: Shusuke Hiragi, Hiroshi Tamura, Rei Goto and Tomohiro Kuroda

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:94

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Technological support may be crucial in optimizing healthcare professional practice and improving patient outcomes. A focus on electronic health records has left other technological supports relatively neglect...

    Authors: C Keyworth, J Hart, C J Armitage and M P Tully

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:93

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  15. Content type: Research article

    In recent years, inter-municipal cooperation in healthcare services has been an important measure implemented to meet future demographic changes in western countries. This entails an increased focus on communi...

    Authors: Elisabeth Holen-Rabbersvik, Elin Thygesen, Tom Roar Eikebrokk, Rune Werner Fensli and Åshild Slettebø

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:92

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  16. Content type: Software

    Trio studies, which involve the testing of samples from a proband and both parents, are often used by clinical laboratories to help with the classification of genetic variants, including copy number variants. ...

    Authors: Daniel Xia, Chen Zhang, Va Lip, Marian Harris and Yiping Shen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:91

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The health area is one of the most affected systems on the perspective of decision-making with multiobjectives, thus becoming prone to errors in the final solution, however, multicriteria decision analysis (MD...

    Authors: Talita D. C. Frazão, Deyse G. G. Camilo, Eric L. S. Cabral and Ricardo P. Souza

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:90

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Molecular precision oncology is an emerging practice to improve cancer therapy by decreasing the risk of choosing treatments that lack efficacy or cause adverse events. However, the challenges of integrating m...

    Authors: Franziska Singer, Anja Irmisch, Nora C. Toussaint, Linda Grob, Jochen Singer, Thomas Thurnherr, Niko Beerenwinkel, Mitchell P. Levesque, Reinhard Dummer, Luca Quagliata, Sacha I. Rothschild, Andreas Wicki, Christian Beisel and Daniel J. Stekhoven

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:89

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  19. Content type: Software

    Pharmacovigilance consists in monitoring and preventing the occurrence of adverse drug reactions (ADR). This activity requires the collection and analysis of data from the patient record or any other sources t...

    Authors: Thibault Ledieu, Guillaume Bouzillé, Frantz Thiessard, Karine Berquet, Pascal Van Hille, Eric Renault, Elisabeth Polard and Marc Cuggia

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:86

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Online health information is unregulated and can be of highly variable quality. There is currently no singular quantitative tool that has undergone a validation process, can be used for a broad range of health...

    Authors: Julie M. Robillard, Jessica H. Jun, Jen-Ai Lai and Tanya L. Feng

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:87

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Increased digitalization of healthcare comes along with the cost of cybercrime proliferation. This results to patients’ and healthcare providers' skepticism to adopt Health Information Technologies (HIT). In E...

    Authors: Pantelis Natsiavas, Janne Rasmussen, Maja Voss-Knude, Κostas Votis, Luigi Coppolino, Paolo Campegiani, Isaac Cano, David Marí, Giuliana Faiella, Fabrizio Clemente, Marco Nalin, Evangelos Grivas, Oana Stan, Erol Gelenbe, Jos Dumortier, Jan Petersen…

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:85

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of patient portal adoption on patients’ primary care utilization and appointment adherence.

    Authors: Xiang Zhong, Muxuan Liang, Reynerio Sanchez, Menggang Yu, Pamela R. Budd, Julie L. Sprague and Marvin A. Dewar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:84

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Recently, attention has shifted to improving the design of computerized alerts via the incorporation of human factors design principles. The Instrument for Evaluating Human Factors Principles in Medication-Rel...

    Authors: Melissa T Baysari, David Lowenstein, Wu Yi Zheng and Richard O Day

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:83

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Current advances in information and communication technology have made accessing and obtaining health-related information easier than ever before. Today, many hospital websites use a patient-centric approach t...

    Authors: Dari Alhuwail, Zainab AlMeraj and Fatima Boujarwah

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:82

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Patients suffering obstructive sleep apnea are mainly treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Although it is a highly effective treatment, compliance with this therapy is problematic to achiev...

    Authors: Xavier Rafael-Palou, Cecilia Turino, Alexander Steblin, Manuel Sánchez-de-la-Torre, Ferran Barbé and Eloisa Vargiu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:81

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  26. Content type: Research

    Worldwide, over 14% of individuals hospitalized for psychiatric reasons have readmissions to hospitals within 30 days after discharge. Predicting patients at risk and leveraging accelerated interventions can r...

    Authors: Khader Shameer, M. Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, Roy Bachar, Li Li, Amy Johnson, Kipp W. Johnson, Benjamin S. Glicksberg, Milo R. Smith, Ben Readhead, Joseph Scarpa, Jebakumar Jebakaran, Patricia Kovatch, Sabina Lim, Wayne Goodman, David L. Reich, Andrew Kasarskis…

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 3):79

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  27. Content type: Research

    Clinical notes such as discharge summaries have a semi- or unstructured format. These documents contain information about diseases, treatments, drugs, etc. Extracting meaningful information from them becomes c...

    Authors: Ruth Reátegui and Sylvie Ratté

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 3):74

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 3

  28. Content type: Research article

    Numerous hospitals and organizations have recently endeavored to study the effects of real-time location systems. However, their experiences of system adoption or pilot testing via implementation were not shar...

    Authors: Sooyoung Yoo, Seok Kim, Eunhye Kim, Eunja Jung, Kee-Hyuck Lee and Hee Hwang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:80

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Treatment with effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) lowers morbidity and mortality among HIV positive individuals. Effective highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) should lead to undetectable viral loa...

    Authors: Kuteesa R. Bisaso, Susan A. Karungi, Agnes Kiragga, Jackson K. Mukonzo and Barbara Castelnuovo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:77

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  30. Content type: Research article

    With connected medical devices fast becoming ubiquitous in healthcare monitoring there is a deluge of data coming from multiple body-attached sensors. Transforming this flood of data into effective and efficie...

    Authors: Rahul Krishnan Pathinarupothi, P. Durga and Ekanath Srihari Rangan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:78

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine—Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT, hereafter abbreviated SCT) is a comprehensive medical terminology used for standardizing the storage, retrieval, and exchange of electronic heal...

    Authors: Shaker El-Sappagh, Francesco Franda, Farman Ali and Kyung-Sup Kwak

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:76

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The openEHR approach can improve the interoperability of electronic health record (EHR) through two-level modeling. Developing archetypes for the complete EHR dataset is essential for implementing a large-scal...

    Authors: Lingtong Min, Qi Tian, Xudong Lu and Huilong Duan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:75

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  33. Content type: Correction

    After publication of this supplement article [1], it was brought to our attention that the Results section of the abstract contained a partial sentence.

    Authors: Zhiwei Chen, Zhe He, Xiuwen Liu and Jiang Bian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:73

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    The original article was published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:65

  34. Content type: Research article

    Kidney stone (KS) disease has high, increasing prevalence in the United States and poses a massive economic burden. Diagnostics algorithms of KS only use a few variables with a limited sensitivity and specific...

    Authors: Zhaoyi Chen, Victoria Y. Bird, Rupam Ruchi, Mark S. Segal, Jiang Bian, Saeed R. Khan, Marie-Carmelle Elie and Mattia Prosperi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:72

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Traumatic injury is a serious global health burden, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where medical care often lacks resources and expertise. In these contexts, diagnostic telemedicine could pro...

    Authors: Iona Crumley, Lisa Blom, Lucie Laflamme and Helle Mölsted Alvesson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:71

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Portal use has been studied among outpatients, but its utility and impact on inpatients is unclear. This study describes portal adoption and use among hospitalized cancer patients and investigates associations...

    Authors: Duaa Aljabri, Adrian Dumitrascu, M. Caroline Burton, Launia White, Mahmud Khan, Sudha Xirasagar, Ronnie Horner and James Naessens

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:70

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Usability flaws in medication alerting systems may have a negative impact on clinical use and patient safety. In order to prevent the release of alerting systems that contain such flaws, it is necessary to pro...

    Authors: Romaric Marcilly, Elske Ammenwerth, Erin Roehrer, Julie Niès and Marie-Catherine Beuscart-Zéphir

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:69

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  38. Content type: Research

    There is strong scientific evidence linking obesity and overweight to the risk of various cancers and to cancer survivorship. Nevertheless, the existing online information about the relationship between obesit...

    Authors: Juan Antonio Lossio-Ventura, William Hogan, François Modave, Yi Guo, Zhe He, Xi Yang, Hansi Zhang and Jiang Bian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):55

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  39. Content type: Research

    Relationships between bio-entities (genes, proteins, diseases, etc.) constitute a significant part of our knowledge. Most of this information is documented as unstructured text in different forms, such as book...

    Authors: Kaixian Yu, Pei-Yau Lung, Tingting Zhao, Peixiang Zhao, Yan-Yuan Tseng and Jinfeng Zhang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):42

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  40. Content type: Research

    Suicide has been one of the leading causes of deaths in the United States. One major cause of suicide is psychiatric stressors. The detection of psychiatric stressors in an at risk population will facilitate t...

    Authors: Jingcheng Du, Yaoyun Zhang, Jianhong Luo, Yuxi Jia, Qiang Wei, Cui Tao and Hua Xu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):43

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  41. Content type: Research

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most prevalent neoplasia among children. Despite the tremendous achievements of state-of-the-art treatment strategies, drug resistance is still a major cause of chemotherapy...

    Authors: Huiqin Chen, Dihua Zhang, Guoping Zhang, Xiaofeng Li, Ying Liang, Mohan Vamsi Kasukurthi, Shengyu Li, Glen M. Borchert and Jingshan Huang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):57

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  42. Content type: Research

    Healthcare services, particularly in patient-provider interaction, often involve highly emotional situations, and it is important for physicians to understand and respond to their patients’ emotions to best en...

    Authors: Rebecca Lin, Muhammad “Tuan” Amith, Chen Liang, Rui Duan, Yong Chen and Cui Tao

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):64

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  43. Content type: Research

    Most of the current work on clinical temporal relation identification follows the convention developed in the general domain, aiming to identify a comprehensive set of temporal relations from a document includ...

    Authors: Hee-Jin Lee, Yaoyun Zhang, Min Jiang, Jun Xu, Cui Tao and Hua Xu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):49

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  44. Content type: Research

    In the past few years, neural word embeddings have been widely used in text mining. However, the vector representations of word embeddings mostly act as a black box in downstream applications using them, there...

    Authors: Zhiwei Chen, Zhe He, Xiuwen Liu and Jiang Bian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):65

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:73

  45. Content type: Research

    Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. Extant cancer survival analyses have primarily focused on individual-level factors due to limited data availabi...

    Authors: Hansi Zhang, Yi Guo, Qian Li, Thomas J. George, Elizabeth Shenkman, François Modave and Jiang Bian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):41

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  46. Content type: Research

    Extracting relationships between chemicals and diseases from unstructured literature have attracted plenty of attention since the relationships are very useful for a large number of biomedical applications suc...

    Authors: Haodi Li, Ming Yang, Qingcai Chen, Buzhou Tang, Xiaolong Wang and Jun Yan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):60

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  47. Content type: Research

    Despite widespread use, the safety of dietary supplements is open to doubt due to the fact that they can interact with prescribed medications, leading to dangerous clinical outcomes. Electronic health records ...

    Authors: Yadan Fan and Rui Zhang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):51

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  48. Content type: Research

    Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) is an established pacing therapy for heart failure patients. The New York Heart Association (NYHA) class is often used as a measure of a patient’s response to CRT. Ident...

    Authors: Rui Zhang, Sisi Ma, Liesa Shanahan, Jessica Munroe, Sarah Horn and Stuart Speedie

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):48

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  49. Content type: Research

    The emergence of the deep convolutional neural network (CNN) greatly improves the quality of computer-aided supporting systems. However, due to the challenges of generating reliable and timely results, clinica...

    Authors: Xinyuan Zhang, Shiqi Wang, Jie Liu and Cui Tao

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):59

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2

  50. Content type: Introduction

    In this editorial, we first summarize the 2nd International Workshop on Semantics-Powered Data Analytics (SEPDA 2017) held on November 13, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A., and then briefly introduce 13 r...

    Authors: Zhe He, Cui Tao, Jiang Bian, Rui Zhang and Jingshan Huang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18(Suppl 2):56

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 2