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  1. This paper describes the analysis of a database of over 180,000 patient records, collected from over 23,000 patients, by the hearing aid clinic at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK. These rec...

    Authors: Muhammad N Anwar and Michael P Oakes

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S6

    Content type: Proceedings

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  2. Biofuels produced from biomass are considered to be promising sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels. The conversion of lignocellulose into fermentable sugars for biofuels production requires the use of enzy...

    Authors: Marie-Jean Meurs, Caitlin Murphy, Ingo Morgenstern, Greg Butler, Justin Powlowski, Adrian Tsang and René Witte

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S5

    Content type: Proceedings

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  3. This work describes a system for identifying event mentions in bio-molecular research abstracts that are either speculative (e.g. analysis of IkappaBalpha phosphorylation, where it is not specified whether phosph...

    Authors: Andrew MacKinlay, David Martinez and Timothy Baldwin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S4

    Content type: Proceedings

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  4. Clinical trials are mandatory protocols describing medical research on humans and among the most valuable sources of medical practice evidence. Searching for trials relevant to some query is laborious due to t...

    Authors: Ioannis Korkontzelos, Tingting Mu and Sophia Ananiadou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12(Suppl 1):S3

    Content type: Proceedings

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  5. Accurate information is needed to direct healthcare systems’ efforts to control methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Assembling complete and correct microbiology data is vital to understanding and ...

    Authors: Makoto Jones, Scott L DuVall, Joshua Spuhl, Matthew H Samore, Christopher Nielson and Michael Rubin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:34

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Systematic Reviews (SRs) are an essential part of evidence-based medicine, providing support for clinical practice and policy on a wide range of medical topics. However, producing SRs is resource-intensive, an...

    Authors: Aaron M Cohen, Kyle Ambert and Marian McDonagh

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:33

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Providers and policymakers are pursuing strategies to increase patient engagement in health care. Increasingly, online sections of medical records are viewable by patients though seldom are clinicians' visit n...

    Authors: Suzanne G Leveille, Janice Walker, James D Ralston, Stephen E Ross, Joann G Elmore and Tom Delbanco

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:32

    Content type: Study protocol

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  8. Narrative medical reports do not use standardized terminology and often bring insufficient information for statistical processing and medical decision making. Objectives of the paper are to propose a method fo...

    Authors: Petra Přečková, Jana Zvárová and Karel Zvára

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:31

    Content type: Research article

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  9. In the past 20 years, society has witnessed the following landmark scientific advances: (i) the sequencing of the human genome, (ii) the distribution of software by the open source movement, and (iii) the inve...

    Authors: Alex P Cunningham, Antonis C Antoniou and Douglas F Easton

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:30

    Content type: Software

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  10. Over the last few decades, the ever-increasing output of scientific publications has led to new challenges to keep up to date with the literature. In the biomedical area, this growth has introduced new require...

    Authors: David Perez-Rey, Ana Jimenez-Castellanos, Miguel Garcia-Remesal, Jose Crespo and Victor Maojo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:29

    Content type: Software

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  11. In France, recent developments in healthcare system organization have aimed at strengthening decision-making and action in public health at the regional level. Firstly, the 2004 Public Health Act, by setting 1...

    Authors: Marie-Hélène Metzger, Thierry Durand, Stéphane Lallich, Roger Salamon and Philippe Castets

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:28

    Content type: Debate

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  12. The disruptive potential of the Nurse Practitioner (NP) is evident in their ability to offer services traditionally provided by primary care practitioners and their provision of a health promotion model of car...

    Authors: Julie Li, Johanna Westbrook, Joanne Callen and Andrew Georgiou

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:27

    Content type: Research article

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  13. This paper explores the meanings given by a diverse range of stakeholders to a decision aid aimed at helping carers of people in early to moderate stages of dementia (PWD) to select community based respite ser...

    Authors: Christine Stirling, Barbara Lloyd, Jenn Scott, Jenny Abbey, Toby Croft and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:26

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Better use of e-health services by patients could improve outcomes and reduce costs but there are concerns about inequalities of access. Previous research in outpatients suggested that anonymous personal email...

    Authors: Ray B Jones, Anita O'Connor, Jade Brelsford, Neil Parsons and Heather Skirton

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:25

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Health economic analysis traditionally relies on patient derived questionnaire data, routine datasets, and outcomes data from experimental randomised control trials and other clinical studies, which are genera...

    Authors: Muhammad J Husain, Sinead Brophy, Steven Macey, Leila M Pinder, Mark D Atkinson, Roxanne Cooksey, Ceri J Phillips and Stefan Siebert

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:24

    Content type: Research article

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  16. The task of spatial cluster detection involves finding spatial regions where some property deviates from the norm or the expected value. In a probabilistic setting this task can be expressed as finding a regio...

    Authors: Yuriy Sverchkov, Xia Jiang and Gregory F Cooper

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:22

    Content type: Technical advance

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  17. Decision aids are often used to assist individuals confronted with a diagnosis of a serious illness to make decisions about treatment options. However, they are rarely utilised to help those with chronic or ag...

    Authors: Christine Stirling, Susan Leggett, Barbara Lloyd, Jenn Scott, Leigh Blizzard, Stephen Quinn and Andrew Robinson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:21

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Increasingly, evidence-based health information, in particular evidence from systematic reviews, is being made available to lay audiences, in addition to health professionals. Research efforts have focused on ...

    Authors: Sophie Hill, Graziella Filippini, Anneliese Synnot, Michael Summers, Deirdre Beecher, Cinzia Colombo, Paola Mosconi, Mario A Battaglia, Sue Shapland, Richard H Osborne and Melanie Hawkins

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:20

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. Hospital in-patient falls constitute a prominent problem in terms of costs and consequences. Geriatric institutions are most often affected, and common screening tools cannot predict in-patient falls consisten...

    Authors: Michael Marschollek, Mehmet Gövercin, Stefan Rust, Matthias Gietzelt, Mareike Schulze, Klaus-Hendrik Wolf and Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:19

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Simulation applications on operations management in hospitals are frequently published and claim to support decision-making on operations management subjects. However, the reported implementation rates of reco...

    Authors: Wineke AM van Lent, Peter VanBerkel and Wim H van Harten

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:18

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The aim of this study is to develop a simple and reliable hybrid decision support model by combining statistical analysis and decision tree algorithms to ensure high accuracy of early diagnosis in patients wit...

    Authors: Chang Sik Son, Byoung Kuk Jang, Suk Tae Seo, Min Soo Kim and Yoon Nyun Kim

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:17

    Content type: Research article

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  22. A large body of work in the clinical guidelines field has identified requirements for guideline systems, but there are formidable challenges in translating such requirements into production-quality systems tha...

    Authors: Hemant Shah, Raymond D Allard, Robert Enberg, Ganesh Krishnan, Patricia Williams and Prakash M Nadkarni

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:16

    Content type: Correspondence

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  23. Evidence suggests that many small- and medium-scale Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementations encounter problems, these often stemming from users' difficulties in accommodating the new technology into the...

    Authors: Kathrin M Cresswell, Allison Worth and Aziz Sheikh

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:15

    Content type: Research article

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  24. The present paper is a first evaluation of the use of "CEAwatch", a clinical support software system for surgeons for the follow-up of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. This system gathers Carcino-Embryonic An...

    Authors: Charlotte J Verberne, Cornelis H Nijboer, Geertruida H de Bock, Irene Grossmann, Theo Wiggers and Klaas Havenga

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:14

    Content type: Software

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  25. PubMed is the main access to medical literature on the Internet. In order to enhance the performance of its information retrieval tools, primarily non-indexed citations, the authors propose a method: expanding...

    Authors: Nicolas Griffon, Wiem Chebil, Laetitia Rollin, Gaetan Kerdelhue, Benoit Thirion, Jean-François Gehanno and Stéfan Jacques Darmoni

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:12

    Content type: Research article

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  26. In April 2010, with an endorsement from the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China, the Chinese Society of Nephrology launched the first nationwide, web-based prospective renal data registration ...

    Authors: Fengbo Xie, Dong Zhang, Jinzhao Wu, Yunfeng Zhang, Qing Yang, Xuefeng Sun, Jing Cheng and Xiangmei Chen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:11

    Content type: Correspondence

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  27. Increased investments are being made for electronic medical records (EMRs) in Canada. There is a need to learn from earlier EMR studies on their impact on physician practice in office settings. To address this...

    Authors: Francis Lau, Morgan Price, Jeanette Boyd, Colin Partridge, Heidi Bell and Rebecca Raworth

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:10

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Supervised learning methods need annotated data in order to generate efficient models. Annotated data, however, is a relatively scarce resource and can be expensive to obtain. For both passive and active learn...

    Authors: Rosa L Figueroa, Qing Zeng-Treitler, Sasikiran Kandula and Long H Ngo

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:8

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Therapeutic drug monitoring of phenytoin by measurement of plasma concentrations is often employed to optimize clinical efficacy while avoiding adverse effects. This is most commonly accomplished by measuremen...

    Authors: Matthew D Krasowski and Louis E Penrod

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:7

    Content type: Research article

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  30. The purpose of this study was to identify recommended practices for computerized clinical decision support (CDS) development and implementation and for knowledge management (KM) processes in ambulatory clinics...

    Authors: Joan S Ash, Dean F Sittig, Kenneth P Guappone, Richard H Dykstra, Joshua Richardson, Adam Wright, James Carpenter, Carmit McMullen, Michael Shapiro, Arwen Bunce and Blackford Middleton

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:6

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Postoperative pulmonary complications remain the most significant cause of morbidity following open upper abdominal surgery despite advances in perioperative care. However, due to the poor quality primary rese...

    Authors: Susan D Hanekom, Dina Brooks, Linda Denehy, Monika Fagevik-Olsén, Timothy C Hardcastle, Shamila Manie and Quinette Louw

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:5

    Content type: Research article

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  32. A crucial goal of infectious disease surveillance is the early detection of epidemics, which is essential for disease control. In China, the current surveillance system is based on confirmed case reports. In r...

    Authors: Wei-rong Yan, Shao-fa Nie, Biao Xu, Heng-jin Dong, Lars Palm and Vinod K Diwan

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:4

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. Information on ethnicity is commonly used by health services and researchers to plan services, ensure equality of access, and for epidemiological studies. In common with other important demographic and clinica...

    Authors: Ronan Ryan, Sally Vernon, Gill Lawrence and Sue Wilson

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:3

    Content type: Research article

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  34. The algorithmic approach to guidelines has been introduced and promoted on a large scale since the 1970s. This study aims at comparing the performance of three algorithms for the management of chronic cough in...

    Authors: Constance Mukabatsinda, Jasmine Nguyen, Bettina Bisig, Lutgarde Lynen, Yerma D Coppens, Anita Asiimwe and Jef Van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:2

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Today there is much debate about why telemedicine has stalled. Teleradiology is the only widespread telemedicine application. Other telemedicine applications appear to be promising candidates for widespread us...

    Authors: Paolo Zanaboni and Richard Wootton

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2012 12:1

    Content type: Debate

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  36. Children may benefit greatly in terms of safety and care coordination from the information sharing promised by health information exchange (HIE). While information exchange capability is a required feature of ...

    Authors: Joshua R Vest, 'Jon (Sean) Jasperson, Hongwei Zhao, Larry D Gamm and Robert L Ohsfeldt

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:78

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Despite the well documented advantages of hospice care, most terminally ill patients do not reap the maximum benefit from hospice services, with the majority of them receiving hospice care either prematurely o...

    Authors: Athanasios Tsalatsanis, Laura E Barnes, Iztok Hozo and Benjamin Djulbegovic

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:77

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Due to the strained financial situation in the healthcare sector, hospitals and other healthcare providers are facing an increasing pressure to improve their efficiency and to reduce costs. These trends challe...

    Authors: Alexander Hoerbst, Werner O Hackl, Roland Blomer and Elske Ammenwerth

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:76

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Automated adverse outcome surveillance tools and methods have potential utility in quality improvement and medical product surveillance activities. Their use for assessing hospital performance on the basis of ...

    Authors: Michael E Matheny, Sharon-Lise T Normand, Thomas P Gross, Danica Marinac-Dabic, Nilsa Loyo-Berrios, Venkatesan D Vidi, Sharon Donnelly and Frederic S Resnic

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:75

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Based on barriers to the use of computerized clinical decision support (CDS) learned in an earlier field study, we prototyped design enhancements to the Veterans Health Administration's (VHA's) colorectal canc...

    Authors: Jason J Saleem, David A Haggstrom, Laura G Militello, Mindy Flanagan, Chris L Kiess, Nicole Arbuckle and Bradley N Doebbeling

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:74

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Evidence-based preventive services offer profound health benefits, yet Americans receive only half of indicated care. A variety of government and specialty society policy initiatives are promoting the adoption...

    Authors: Alex H Krist, Eric Peele, Steven H Woolf, Stephen F Rothemich, John F Loomis, Daniel R Longo and Anton J Kuzel

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:73

    Content type: Technical advance

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  42. Many people have difficulties finding information on health questions, including occupational safety and health (OSH) issues. One solution to alleviate these difficulties could be to offer questioners free-of-...

    Authors: Martijn DF Rhebergen, Annet F Lenderink, Frank JH van Dijk and Carel TJ Hulshof

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:72

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Computerized physician order entry (CPOE) systems are recommended to improve patient safety and outcomes. However, their effectiveness has been questioned. Our objective was to evaluate the impact of CPOE impl...

    Authors: Hasan M Al-Dorzi, Hani M Tamim, Antoine Cherfan, Mohamad A Hassan, Saadi Taher and Yaseen M Arabi

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:71

    Content type: Research article

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  44. Electronic health records provide access to an unprecedented amount of clinical data for research that can accelerate the development of effective medical practices. However it is important to protect patient ...

    Authors: Richard E Morse, Prakash Nadkarni, David A Schoenfeld and Dianne M Finkelstein

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:70

    Content type: Software

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  45. Due to the increasing functionality of medical information systems, it is hard to imagine day to day work in hospitals without IT support. Therefore, the design of dialogues between humans and information syst...

    Authors: Bettina B Bundschuh, Raphael W Majeed, Thomas Bürkle, Klaus Kuhn, Ulrich Sax, Christof Seggewies, Cornelia Vosseler and Rainer Röhrig

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:69

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Radiologists' training is based on intensive practice and can be improved with the use of diagnostic training systems. However, existing systems typically require laboriously prepared training cases and lack i...

    Authors: Petra Welter, Thomas M Deserno, Benedikt Fischer, Rolf W Günther and Cord Spreckelsen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:68

    Content type: Research article

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  47. A growing number of new technologies are becoming available within nursing care that can improve the quality of care, reduce costs, or enhance working conditions. However, such effects can only be achieved if ...

    Authors: Anke JE de Veer, Margot AH Fleuren, Nienke Bekkema and Anneke L Francke

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2011 11:67

    Content type: Research article

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