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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. The penetration level of mobile technology has grown exponentially and is part of our lifestyle, at all levels. The use of the smartphone has opened up a new horizon of possibilities in the treatment of health...

    Authors: A. Hernández-Reyes, G. Molina-Recio, R. Molina-Luque, M. Romero-Saldaña, F. Cámara-Martos and R. Moreno-Rojas

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:40

    Content type: Study protocol

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  2. Mobile phones and personal digital assistants have been used for data collection in developing world settings for over three decades, and have become increasingly common. However, the use of electronic data ca...

    Authors: Avi Kenny, Nicholas Gordon, Jordan Downey, Owen Eddins, Kathleen Buchholz, Alvin Menyon and William Mansah

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:39

    Content type: Software

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  3. Electronic health records (EHRs) are considered as a powerful lever for enabling value-based health systems. However, many challenges to their use persist and some of their unintended negative impacts are incr...

    Authors: Hassane Alami, Pascale Lehoux, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, Jean-Paul Fortin, Richard Fleet and Mohamed Ali Ag Ahmed

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:32

    Content type: Debate

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  4. Telemedicine is one of the healthcare sectors that has developed the most in recent years. Currently, telemedicine is mostly used for patients who have difficulty attending medical consultations because of whe...

    Authors: F. A. Allaert, L. Legrand, N. Abdoul Carime and C. Quantin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:30

    Content type: Debate

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  5. Key barriers to healthcare use in rural Ghana include those of economic, social, cultural and institutional. Amid this, though rarely recognised in Ghanaian healthcare settings, mHealth technology has emerged ...

    Authors: Prince Peprah, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Hayford Isaac Budu, Emmanuel Appiah-Brempong, Anthony Kwame Morgan and Adjei Gyimah Akwasi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:27

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Mobile health has potential for promotion of self-management in patients with chronic diseases. This study was conducted to investigate smartphone usage in patients with type II diabetes and their intention to...

    Authors: Fatemeh Rangraz Jeddi, Ehsan Nabovati, Rahele Hamidi and Reihane Sharif

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:24

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Lack of usability can be a major barrier for the rapid adoption of mobile services. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the usability of Mobile Health applications in Bangladesh.

    Authors: Muhammad Nazrul Islam, Md. Mahboob Karim, Toki Tahmid Inan and A. K. M. Najmul Islam

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:19

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Within the United Kingdom’s National Health System (NHS), patients suffering from obesity may be provided with bariatric surgery. After receiving surgery many of these patients require further support to conti...

    Authors: J. Murphy, T. Uttamlal, K. A. Schmidtke, I. Vlaev, D. Taylor, M. Ahmad, S. Alsters, P. Purkayastha, S. Scholtz, R. Ramezani, A. R. Ahmed, H. Chahal, A. Darzi and A. I. F. Blakemore

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:17

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The Chinese assessment standards of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Rehabilitation Set is available now. It is coming to be used as a basic functional evaluation tool in ...

    Authors: Malan Zhang, Jiani Yu, Wei Shen, Yun Zhang, Yun Xiang, Xinting Zhang, Ziling Lin and Tiebin Yan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:12

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Tele-monitoring (TM) is remote monitoring of individuals via info-communication technology, enabling them and their relatives or care-providers to recognize their health status conveniently. TM will be success...

    Authors: David Yang Ern Sin, Xiaoxuan Guo, Dayna Wei Wei Yong, Tian Yu Qiu, Peter Kirm Seng Moey, Muller-Riemenschneider Falk and Ngiap Chuan Tan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:11

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Mobile health applications (mHealth apps) are increasingly being used to perform tasks that are conventionally performed by general practitioners (GPs), such as those involved in promoting health, preventing d...

    Authors: Apichai Wattanapisit, Chin Hai Teo, Sanhapan Wattanapisit, Emylia Teoh, Wing Jun Woo and Chirk Jenn Ng

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:5

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Targeted client communication (TCC) using text messages can inform, motivate and remind pregnant and postpartum women of timely utilization of care. The mixed results of the effectiveness of TCC interventions ...

    Authors: Binyam Bogale, Kjersti Mørkrid, Brian O’Donnell, Buthaina Ghanem, Itimad Abu Ward, Khadija Abu Khader, Mervett Isbeih, Michael Frost, Mohammad Baniode, Taghreed Hijaz, Tamara Awwad, Yousef Rabah and J. Frederik Frøen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:1

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Developing a stroke health-education mobile app (SHEMA) and examining its effectiveness on improvement of knowledge of stroke risk factors and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with stroke.

    Authors: Yi-No Kang, Hsiu-Nien Shen, Chia-Yun Lin, Glyn Elwyn, Szu-Chi Huang, Tsung-Fu Wu and Wen-Hsuan Hou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:282

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Behaviour change interventions targeting physical activity, diet, sleep and sedentary behaviour of teenagers show promise when delivered through smartphones. However, to date there is no evidence of effectiven...

    Authors: Elisa Puigdomenech, Anne Martin, Alexandra Lang, Fulvio Adorni, Santiago Felipe Gomez, Brian McKinstry, Federica Prinelli, Laura Condon, Rajeeb Rashid, Maurizio Caon, Sarah Atkinson, Claudio L. Lafortuna, Valentina Ciociola, Janet Hanley, Lucy McCloughan, Conxa Castell…

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:278

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Enabling patients to be active users of their own medical records may promote the delivery of safe, efficient care across settings. Patients are rarely involved in designing digital health record systems which...

    Authors: Leigh R. Warren, Matthew Harrison, Sonal Arora and Ara Darzi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:250

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The wide scale and severity of consequences of tobacco use, benefits derived from cessation, low rates of intervention by healthcare professionals, and new opportunities stemming from novel communications tech...

    Authors: J. F. Avila-Tomas, E. Olano-Espinosa, C. Minué-Lorenzo, F. J. Martinez-Suberbiola, B. Matilla-Pardo, M. E. Serrano-Serrano and E. Escortell-Mayor

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:249

    Content type: Study protocol

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  17. Personal health records (PHRs) provide the opportunity for self-management support, enhancing communication between patients and caregivers, and maintaining and/or improving the quality of chronic disease mana...

    Authors: Floor Sieverink, Saskia Kelders, Annemarie Braakman-Jansen and Julia van Gemert-Pijnen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:241

    Content type: Research article

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  18. There is limited information in Mexico - a middle-income country and a digital adopter with an important demographic bonus - regarding the potential use of technology and connectivity in health promotion among...

    Authors: Arturo Aguilar-Ye, Hortensia Reyes-Morales, Lourdes Campero and Nicéforo Garnelo-Bibiano

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:225

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder with a high prevalence in China. Standard diagnosis of OSA requires polysomnography (PSG). Currently, smart phone applications (apps) are widely used as an imp...

    Authors: Zhao-feng Xu, Xin Luo, Jianbo Shi and Yinyan Lai

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:224

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Interest in mHealth interventions, defined as the use of mobile phones to access healthcare is increasingly becoming popular globally. Given its technology-based applications, university students may be key cl...

    Authors: Prince Peprah, Emmanuel Mawuli Abalo, Williams Agyemang-Duah, Razak M Gyasi, Okwei Reforce, Julius Nyonyo, Godfred Amankwaa, Jones Amoako and Paulinus Kaaratoore

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:220

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The use of digital technology in healthcare has been found to be useful for data collection, provision of health information and communications. Despite increasing use of medical mobile phone applications (app...

    Authors: Jenny Carter, Jane Sandall, Andrew H. Shennan and Rachel M. Tribe

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:219

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Electronic health records (EHRs) are promising tools for routine care. These applications might not only enhance the interaction between patient and physician but also support therapy management. This is cruci...

    Authors: Toni Maria Klein, Matthias Augustin and Marina Otten

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:218

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Spatial epidemiological analyses primarily depend on spatially-indexed medical records. Some countries have devised ways of capturing patient-specific spatial details using ZIP codes, postcodes or personal num...

    Authors: Augustus Aturinde, Nakasi Rose, Mahdi Farnaghi, Gilbert Maiga, Petter Pilesjö and Ali Mansourian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:215

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Self-management education of diabetes which is one of the most important noncommunicable diseases worldwide involves facilitating knowledge, skills, and ability required for self-care in these patients. Concer...

    Authors: Amal Mohammad Rasoul, Rostam Jalali, Alireza Abdi, Nader Salari, Mehrali Rahimi and Masoud Mohammadi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:205

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Digital services have been found promising in managing different aspects of health, also stress. We developed a web service for cultivating the positive side of stress based on the stress experiences of entrep...

    Authors: Päivi Heikkilä, Elina Mattila and Mari Ainasoja

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:200

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Enhancing the self-management capability of asthma patients can improve their level of asthma control. Although the use of mobile health technology among asthmatics to facilitate self-management has become a g...

    Authors: Zhifang Guan, Liu Sun, Qian Xiao and Yanling Wang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:192

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Sharing test results with patients via patient web portals is a new trend in healthcare. No research has been done examining patient web portal use with bone density test results. The objective of our study wa...

    Authors: Stephanie Edmonds, Yiyue Lou, Brandi Robinson, Peter Cram, Douglas W. Roblin, Nicole C. Wright, Kenneth Saag and Fredric D. Wolinsky

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:187

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Health research apps often do not focus on usability as a design priority. This is problematic when the population of interest is disproportionately underrepresented as users of mobile apps, especially observe...

    Authors: Y. Quintana, D. Fahy, A. M. Abdelfattah, J. Henao and C. Safran

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:181

    Content type: Study protocol

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  29. The Grog Survey App is a visual and interactive tablet computer-based survey application. It has been shown to be an accurate and acceptable tool to help Indigenous Australians describe what they drink.

    Authors: KS Kylie Lee, James H. Conigrave, Scott Wilson, Jimmy Perry, Noel Hayman, Catherine Zheng, Mustafa Al Ansari, Michael Doyle, Robin Room, Sarah Callinan, Tanya Chikritzhs, Tim Slade and Katherine M. Conigrave

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:180

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Aponjon (meaning “near and dear ones”), a mobile phone-based mHealth service, customized voice messages for expectant (6–42 weeks pregnancy) and new mothers (1–52 weeks after delivery) for promotion of recommende...

    Authors: Mahbub Elahi Chowdhury, Shafayatul Islam Shiblee and Heidi E. Jones

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:179

    Content type: Research article

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  31. This study explores opinions and experiences of people with Parkinson’s disease (PwP) in Sweden of using self-tracking. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition entailing varied and changing s...

    Authors: Sara Riggare, Therese Scott Duncan, Helena Hvitfeldt and Maria Hägglund

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2019 19:175

    Content type: Research article

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  32. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  35. 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

    Content type: Technical advance

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  36. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  37. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  38. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  39. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  40. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  44. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  45. 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

    Content type: Technical advance

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  46. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  47. 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

    Content type: Research article

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