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eHealth/ telehealth/ mobile health systems

This section aims to publish manuscripts that investigate the development, applicability and evaluation of web- and mobile-based medical information systems and interventions. This section also considers studies on the design and evaluation of medical record platforms and telemedicine tools in different development contexts.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    The potential for smartphones to revolutionize the way that medical doctors practice has become a reality, particularly in specialities where visual examination is a principal step in assessing a medical case,...

    Authors: Ali Jasem Buabbas, Prem Sharma, Adel Al-Abdulrazaq and Hashem Shehab

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:155

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  2. Content type: Research article

    A user-centered design approach for eHealth interventions improves their effectiveness in stroke rehabilitation. Nevertheless, insight into requirements of end-users (patients/informal caregivers and/or health...

    Authors: Manon Wentink, L. van Bodegom-Vos, B. Brouns, H. Arwert, S. Houdijk, P. Kewalbansing, L. Boyce, T. Vliet Vlieland, A. de Kloet and J. Meesters

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:145

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  3. Content type: Research article

    The challenges faced by caregivers of the elderly with chronic diseases are always complex. In this context, mobile technologies have been used with promising results, but often have restricted functionality, ...

    Authors: Matheus Costa Stutzel, Michel Pedro Filippo, Alexandre Sztajnberg, Rosa Maria E.M. da Costa, André da Silva Brites, Luciana Branco da Motta and Célia Pereira Caldas

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:140

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  4. Content type: Technical advance

    Despite WHO guidelines for testing all suspected cases of malaria before initiating treatment, presumptive malaria treatment remains common practice among some clinicians and in certain low-resource settings t...

    Authors: S. Smith, R. Koech, D. Nzorubara, M. Otieno, L. Wong, G. Bhat, E. van den Bogaart, M. Thuranira, D. Onchonga and T. F. Rinke de Wit

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:139

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  5. Content type: Research article

    A large provider of community health services (an NHS Trust in England) deployed Apple iPads to its front-line community-based healthcare clinicians (predominantly nurses) to enable them to increase responsive...

    Authors: Jasmine Harvey and John Powell

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:134

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Electronic patient portals are increasingly being implemented, also in (haemato) oncology. However, portal usage is low and depends on user and provider engagement. We explored wishes, expectations and thought...

    Authors: Paul A. F. Geerts, Trudy van der Weijden, Pien G. M. Loeffen, Lise E. F. Janssen, Celine Almekinders, Tobias A. Wienhold and Gerard M. J. Bos

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:129

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  7. Content type: Research article

    According to WHO stroke is a growing societal challenge and the third leading cause of global disease-burden estimated using disability-adjusted life years. Rehabilitation after stroke is an area of mutual int...

    Authors: Uno Fors, Julius T. Kamwesiga, Gunilla M. Eriksson, Lena von Koch and Susanne Guidetti

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:122

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The provision of medical services by Medical Teams (MT) on Online Healthcare Communities (OHCs) is a novel method employed by geographically-dispersed healthcare professionals to serve one patient simultaneous...

    Authors: Jiaying Li, Hong Wu, Zhaohua Deng, Naiji Lu, Richard Evans and Chenxi Xia

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:119

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Poor adherence compromises medication treatment effectiveness which results in suboptimal illness control. This can lead to increased use of healthcare services, reduction in patients’ quality of life and incr...

    Authors: Bereket Senay, Kassahun Dessie Gashu, Adamu Takele Jemere and Zeleke Abebaw Mekonnen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:109

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  10. Content type: Research article

    In low-income settings, community health workers (CHWs) are frequently the first point of contact for newborns. Mobile technology may aid health workers in classifying illness and providing referral and manage...

    Authors: Lauren E. Schaeffer, Salahuddin Ahmed, Mahmoodur Rahman, Rachel Whelan, Sayedur Rahman, Arunangshu Dutta Roy, Tanzia Ahmed Nijhum, Nazmun Nahar Bably, Helen D’Couto, Carly Hudelson, Iffat Ara Jaben, Sayed Rubayet, Abdullah Baqui and Anne CC Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:116

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  11. Content type: Research article

    A common challenge with all opioid use disorder treatment paths is withdrawal management. When withdrawal symptoms are not effectively monitored and managed, they lead to relapse which often leads to deadly ov...

    Authors: Joseph K. Nuamah, Farzan Sasangohar, Madhav Erraguntla and Ranjana K. Mehta

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:113

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:126

  12. Content type: Research article

    Health and social care interventions show promise as a way of managing the progression of frailty in older adults. Information technology could improve the availability of interventions and services for older ...

    Authors: Holly Gwyther, Lex van Velsen, Rachel L. Shaw, Barbara D’Avanzo, Maria Bujnowska-Fedak, Donata Kurpas, Katarzyna Szwamel, Jan-Willem van’t Klooster and Carol Holland

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:110

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Pain is the most common and distressing symptom for patients in all clinical settings. The dearth of health informatics tools to support acute and chronic pain management may be contributing to the chronic pai...

    Authors: Peng Zhao, Illhoi Yoo, Robert Lancey and Ebby Varghese

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:106

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  14. Content type: Technical advance

    Home monitoring of urine protein is a critical component of disease management in childhood nephrotic syndrome. We describe the development of a novel mobile application, UrApp – Nephrotic Syndrome Manager, to...

    Authors: Chia-shi Wang, Richard Boyd, Russell Mitchell, W. Darryl Wright, Courtney McCracken, Cam Escoffery, Rachel E. Patzer and Larry A. Greenbaum

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:105

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Although previous research showed that telehealth services can reduce the misuse of resources and urban–rural disparities, most healthcare insurers do not include telehealth services in their health insurance ...

    Authors: Ching-Chin Chern, Yu-Jen Chen and Bo Hsiao

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:104

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Patients and citizens need access to their health information to get a retrospective as well as a prospective view on their care and rehabilitation processes. However, patients’ health information is stored in...

    Authors: Nadia Davoody, Sabine Koch, Ingvar Krakau and Maria Hägglund

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:95

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Falls are the main cause of death and injury for older adults in the UK. Many of these falls occur within the home as a result of extrinsic falls risk factors such as poor lighting, loose/uneven flooring, and ...

    Authors: Arthur G. Money, Anita Atwal, Emily Boyce, Sophie Gaber, Susan Windeatt and Kyriakos Alexandrou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:85

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Malnutrition is one of the most important reasons for child mortality in developing countries, especially during the first 5 years of life. We set out to systematically review evaluations of interventions that...

    Authors: Navisa Seyyedi, Bahlol Rahimi, Hamid Reza Farrokh Eslamlou, Toomas Timpka and Hadi Lotfnezhad Afshar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:83

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Digital health interventions can fill gaps in mental healthcare provision. However, autonomous e-mental health (AEMH) systems also present challenges for effective risk management. To balance autonomy and safe...

    Authors: Myrthe L. Tielman, Mark A. Neerincx, Claudia Pagliari, Albert Rizzo and Willem-Paul Brinkman

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:47

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Mobile health is a fast-developing field. The use of mobile health applications by healthcare professionals (HCPs) globally has increased considerably. While several studies in high income countries have inves...

    Authors: Siti Kabanda and Hanna-Andrea Rother

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:40

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Cloud based health platforms (CBHP) have tremendous capacity to meet patient’s health needs. The benefits inherent in CBHP position it to be relevant for efficient healthcare delivery. Nonetheless, studies hav...

    Authors: Patience E. Idoga, Mehmet Toycan, Halil Nadiri and Erbuğ Çelebi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:34

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Telemonitoring services could dramatically improve the care of diabetes patients by enhancing their quality of life while decreasing healthcare expenditures. However, the potential for implementing innovative ...

    Authors: Domenik Muigg, Peter Kastner, Georg Duftschmid, Robert Modre-Osprian and Daniela Haluza

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:26

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Assessing daily change in pain and related symptoms help in diagnosis, prognosis, and monitoring response to treatment. However, such changes are infrequently assessed, and usually reviewed weeks or months aft...

    Authors: John Bedson, Jonathon Hill, David White, Ying Chen, Simon Wathall, Stephen Dent, Kendra Cooke and Danielle van der Windt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:24

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  24. Content type: Research article

    With the growing shortage of nurses, labor-saving technology has become more important. In health care practice, however, the fit with innovations is not easy. The aim of this study is to analyze the developme...

    Authors: Danielle M. Vossebeld, Erik C. N. Puik, Joris E. N. Jaspers and Marieke J. Schuurmans

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:11

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  25. Content type: Software

    We developed Supportive care Prioritization, Assessment and Recommendations for Kids (SPARK), a web-based application designed to facilitate symptom screening by children receiving cancer treatments and access...

    Authors: Sadie Cook, Emily Vettese, Dilip Soman, Shannon Hyslop, Susan Kuczynski, Brenda Spiegler, Hailey Davis, Nathan Duong, Stacee Ou Wai, Robert Golabek, Patryk Golabek, Adam Antoszek-Rallo, Tal Schechter, L. Lee Dupuis and Lillian Sung

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:9

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  26. Content type: Research article

    New Specific Application Domain (SAD) heuristics or design principles are being developed to guide the design and evaluation of mobile applications in a bid to improve on the usability of these applications. T...

    Authors: Alice Mugisha, Victoria Nankabirwa, Thorkild Tylleskär and Ankica Babic

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:4

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  27. Content type: Research article

    A growing number of clinical trials use various sensors and smartphone applications to collect data outside of the clinic or hospital, raising the question to what extent patients comply with the unique requir...

    Authors: Shani Cohen, Zeev Waks, Jordan J. Elm, Mark Forrest Gordon, Igor D. Grachev, Leehee Navon-Perry, Shai Fine, Iris Grossman, Spyros Papapetropoulos and Juha-Matti Savola

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:138

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Physical inactivity is associated with poor health outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is therefore crucial for patients to have a physically active lifestyle. The aims of this feasibilit...

    Authors: Tatjana M. Burkow, Lars K. Vognild, Elin Johnsen, Astrid Bratvold and Marijke Jongsma Risberg

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:136

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Colorectal cancer incidence and mortality have been increasing in China and as one of the most important health problems facing the nation. Adequate dissemination of correct information about colorectal cancer...

    Authors: Shun Zhang, Yao Yang, Dongyi Yan, Biao Yuan, Xiaohua Jiang and Chun Song

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:129

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Patient portal use can be a stimulant for patient engagement. Yet, the heterogeneous landscape of tethered patient portals, is a major barrier to further portal development and implementation. A variety in por...

    Authors: Gaby Anne Wildenbos, Frank Horenberg, Monique Jaspers, Linda Peute and Danielle Sent

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:108

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Content type: Research article

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been utilised globally for advancing social and economic development. As information becomes key to enlightening development initiatives, the role of mobi...

    Authors: Joseph Thobias and Achilles Kiwanuka

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:45

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Brain in Hand is a smartphone application (app) that allows users to create structured diaries with problems and solutions, attach reminders, record task completion and has a symptom monitoring system. Brain i...

    Authors: Jade Kettlewell, Julie Phillips, Kate Radford and Roshan dasNair

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:33

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was the development and evaluation of an algorithm-based diagnosis-tool, applicable on mobile phones, to support guardians in providing appropriate care to sick children.

    Authors: Konstantin H. Franke, Ralf Krumkamp, Aliyu Mohammed, Nimako Sarpong, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Johanna Brinkel, Julius N. Fobil, Axel Bonacic Marinovic, Philip Asihene, Mark Boots, Jürgen May and Benno Kreuels

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:23

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Mobile health (mHealth) has continuously been used as a method in behavioral research to improve self-management in patients with chronic diseases. However, the evidence of its effectiveness in chronic disease...

    Authors: Jung-Ah Lee, Mona Choi, Sang A Lee and Natalie Jiang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:12

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The challenges of assessing alcohol consumption can be greater in Indigenous communities where there may be culturally distinct approaches to communication, sharing of drinking containers and episodic patterns...

    Authors: KS Kylie Lee, Scott Wilson, Jimmy Perry, Robin Room, Sarah Callinan, Robert Assan, Noel Hayman, Tanya Chikritzhs, Dennis Gray, Edward Wilkes, Peter Jack and Katherine M. Conigrave

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:8

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:26

  43. Content type: Research article

    The chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide critical problem, especially in developing countries. CKD patients usually begin their treatment in advanced stages, which requires dialysis and kidney transplan...

    Authors: Alvaro Sobrinho, Leandro Dias da Silva, Angelo Perkusich, Maria Eliete Pinheiro and Paulo Cunha

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2018 18:7

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In Bangladesh, similar to its other South Asian counterparts, shortage of health workers along with inadequate infrastructure constitute some of the major obstacles for the equitable provision of reproductive ...

    Authors: Ghose Bishwajit, Md. Rakibul Hoque and Sanni Yaya

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:182

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Telemedicine is changing traditional nursing care, and entails nurses performing advanced and complex care within a new clinical environment, and monitoring patients at a distance. Telemedicine practice requir...

    Authors: Tina Lien Barken, Elin Thygesen and Ulrika Söderhamn

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:181

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Norway has a long history of using telemedicine, especially for geographical reasons. Despite the availability of promising telemedicine applications and the implementation of national initiatives and policies...

    Authors: H. Alami, M. P. Gagnon, R. Wootton, J. P. Fortin and P. Zanaboni

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:180

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  47. Content type: Software

    Commonly used methods to assess cognition, such as direct observation, self-report, or neuropsychological testing, have significant limitations. Therefore, a novel tablet computer-based video simulation was cr...

    Authors: Edward H. Ip, Ryan Barnard, Sarah A. Marshall, Lingyi Lu, Kaycee Sink, Valerie Wilson, Dana Chamberlain and Stephen R. Rapp

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:161

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Despite the introduction of the Millennium Development Goal to reduce maternal deaths from 400 to 100 per 100,000 live births, the proportion of maternal deaths is still much higher in most developing countrie...

    Authors: Pedro Pagalday-Olivares, Bengt Arne Sjöqvist, Jessy Adjordor-van de Beek, Samuel Abudey, Ants R. Silberberg and Ruben Buendia

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2017 17:156

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