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  1. Differentiating between ulcerative colitis (UC), Crohn’s disease (CD) and intestinal tuberculosis (ITB) using endoscopy is challenging. We aimed to realize automatic differential diagnosis among these diseases...

    Authors: Yuanren Tong, Keming Lu, Yingyun Yang, Ji Li, Yucong Lin, Dong Wu, Aiming Yang, Yue Li, Sheng Yu and Jiaming Qian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:248

    Content type: Research article

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  2. The recent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has placed severe stress on healthcare systems worldwide, which is amplified by the critical shortage of COVID-19 tests.

    Authors: Wei Tse Li, Jiayan Ma, Neil Shende, Grant Castaneda, Jaideep Chakladar, Joseph C. Tsai, Lauren Apostol, Christine O. Honda, Jingyue Xu, Lindsay M. Wong, Tianyi Zhang, Abby Lee, Aditi Gnanasekar, Thomas K. Honda, Selena Z. Kuo, Michael Andrew Yu…

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:247

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Modern healthcare devices can be connected to computer networks and many western healthcare institutions run those devices in networks. At the same time, cyber attacks are on the rise and there is evidence tha...

    Authors: Markus Willing, Christian Dresen, Uwe Haverkamp and Sebastian Schinzel

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:246

    Content type: Research article

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  4. A pandemic affects healthcare delivery and consequently leads to socioeconomic complications. During a pandemic, a community where there lives an asymptomatic patient (AP) becomes a potential endemic zone. Assumi...

    Authors: Daniel Adu-Gyamfi, Fengli Zhang and Albert Kofi Kwansah Ansah

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:245

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Healthcare managers, in comparison with other healthcare professionals, have an increased likelihood of experiencing technostress at work. Since knowledge about the causes and severity of technostress and abou...

    Authors: Magdalena Stadin, Maria Nordin, Eleonor I. Fransson and Anders Broström

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:244

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Clinically, doctors obtain the left ventricular posterior wall thickness (LVPWT) mainly by observing ultrasonic echocardiographic video stream to capture a single frame of images with diagnostic significance, ...

    Authors: Zini Jian, Xianpei Wang, Jingzhe Zhang, Xinyu Wang and Youbin Deng

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:243

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Prostate cancer is a very common and highly fatal in men. Current non-invasive detection methods like serum biomarker are unsatisfactory. Biomarkers with high accuracy for diagnostic of prostate cancer are urg...

    Authors: Xiaoli Chen, Yong Zhu, Mayumi Jijiwa, Masaki Nasu, Junmei Ai, Shengming Dai, Bin Jiang, Jicai Zhang, Gang Huang and Youping Deng

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20(Suppl 9):223

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 9

  8. Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) have recently attracted attention as a method for minimizing medical errors. Existing CDSSs are limited in that they do not reflect actual data. To overcome this limit...

    Authors: Jin-Hyeok Park, Jeong-Heum Baek, Sun Jin Sym, Kang Yoon Lee and Youngho Lee

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:241

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Information technology (IT) plays an important role in nursing practice. Hence, nurses’ experiences and viewpoints about IT integration into healthcare help improve nurses’ adoption of IT. This study aimed to ...

    Authors: Jamileh Farokhzadian, Reza Khajouei, Arie Hasman and Leila Ahmadian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:240

    Content type: Research article

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  10. The present study aims to investigate the role of histogram analysis of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) in the differential diagnosis of benign and malignant breast lesions.

    Authors: Ya-Nan Jin, Yan Zhang, Jing-Liang Cheng, Xiao-Pan Zhang, Ying Hu and Xiao-Ning Shao

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:239

    Content type: Research article

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  11. Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) is a shared complication among Intensive Care Unit (ICU), marked by high cost, high morbidity and high mortality. As the early prediction of AKI is critical for patients’ outcomes and...

    Authors: Yuan Wang, Yake Wei, Hao Yang, Jingwei Li, Yubo Zhou and Qin Wu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:238

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Accurate forecasting of medical service demand is beneficial for the reasonable healthcare resource planning and allocation. The daily outpatient volume is characterized by randomness, periodicity and trend, a...

    Authors: Yihuai Huang, Chao Xu, Mengzhong Ji, Wei Xiang and Da He

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:237

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Today’s healthcare organizations want to implement secure and quality healthcare software as cyber-security is a significant risk factor for healthcare data. Considering security requirements during trustworth...

    Authors: Md Tarique Jamal Ansari, Fahad Ahmed Al-Zahrani, Dhirendra Pandey and Alka Agrawal

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:236

    Content type: Research article

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  14. The diagnosis between benign and malignant gallbladder lesions is sometimes difficult. The objective of this study is to assess whether contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and contrast-enhanced harmonic endosc...

    Authors: Xue Liang and Xiang Jing

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:235

    Content type: Research article

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  15. Clinical decision aids are used in various medical fields to support patients and clinicians when making healthcare decisions. Few attempts have been made to implement such tools in psychiatry. We developed Tr...

    Authors: Lukas O. Roebroek, Jojanneke Bruins, Philippe Delespaul, Albert Boonstra and Stynke Castelein

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:234

    Content type: Research article

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  16. This case study in Makassar City, Indonesia aims to investigate the clinicians’ perceptions, including both satisfaction and barriers in using telemedicine in a large, established program which supported 3974 ...

    Authors: Dea Indria, Mohannad Alajlani and Hamish S F Fraser

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:233

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Nearly half of all mental health disorders develop prior to the age of 15. Early assessments, diagnosis, and treatment are critical to shortening single episodes of care, reducing possible comorbidity and long...

    Authors: Carolyn E. Clausen, Bennett L. Leventhal, Øystein Nytrø, Roman Koposov, Odd Sverre Westbye, Thomas Brox Røst, Victoria Bakken, Kaban Koochakpour, Ketil Thorvik and Norbert Skokauskas

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:232

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. IgA nephropathy (IgAN) is a common type of chronic immune-mediated kidney disease with variable risk of progression to end-stage kidney disease. Risk stratification helps clinicians weight the potential risks ...

    Authors: Anna R. Gagliardi, Heather N. Reich, Daniel C. Cattran and Sean J. Barbour

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:231

    Content type: Research article

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  19. Patients with rare diseases (RDs) are often diagnosed too late or not at all. Clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) could support the diagnosis in RDs. The MIRACUM (Medical Informatics in Research and Medi...

    Authors: Jannik Schaaf, Hans-Ulrich Prokosch, Martin Boeker, Johanna Schaefer, Jessica Vasseur, Holger Storf and Martin Sedlmayr

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:230

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Despite the prevalent use and advantages of information systems in hospitals, some have failed to meet their predefined objectives. Surgery information system (SIS) is a sub-system of a hospital information sy...

    Authors: Faezeh Abbasi, Reza Khajouei and Moghaddameh Mirzaee

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:229

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a clinically diagnosed neurodegenerative disorder that affects both motor and non-motor neural circuits. Speech deterioration (hypokinetic dysarthria) is a common symptom, which oft...

    Authors: Ibrahim Karabayir, Samuel M. Goldman, Suguna Pappu and Oguz Akbilgic

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:228

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Despite focus on preventing 30-day readmissions, early readmissions (within 7 days of discharge) may be more preventable than later readmissions (8–30 days). We assessed how well a previously validated 30-day ...

    Authors: Sameh N. Saleh, Anil N. Makam, Ethan A. Halm and Oanh Kieu Nguyen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:227

    Content type: Research article

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  23. During the last decade, there has been an increase in studies describing use of mHealth, using smartphones with apps, in the healthcare system by a variety of populations. Despite this, few interventions inclu...

    Authors: Carina Göransson, Yvonne Wengström, Maria Hälleberg-Nyman, Ann Langius-Eklöf, Kristina Ziegert and Karin Blomberg

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:226

    Content type: Research article

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  24. Breast cancer is the most prevalent and among the most deadly cancers in females. Patients with breast cancer have highly variable survival lengths, indicating a need to identify prognostic biomarkers for pers...

    Authors: Li Tong, Jonathan Mitchel, Kevin Chatlin and May D. Wang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:225

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Data harmonisation (DH) has emerged amongst health managers, information technology specialists and researchers as an important intervention for routine health information systems (RHISs). It is important to u...

    Authors: Bey-Marrié Schmidt, Christopher J. Colvin, Ameer Hohlfeld and Natalie Leon

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:222

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Access to health care is a fundamental human right, and the provision of affordable, high-quality, and appropriate medicines for maternal and child health is a vital component of a well-functioning health syst...

    Authors: Abel Demerew Hailu and Solomon Ahmed Mohammed

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:221

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Nursing informatics (NI) along with growth and development of health information technology (HIT) is becoming a fundamental part of all domains of nursing practice especially in critical care settings. Nurses ...

    Authors: Somayeh Jouparinejad, Golnaz Foroughameri, Reza Khajouei and Jamileh Farokhzadian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:220

    Content type: Research article

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  28. We focus on the importance of interpreting the quality of the labeling used as the input of predictive models to understand the reliability of their output in support of human decision-making, especially in cr...

    Authors: Federico Cabitza, Andrea Campagner and Luca Maria Sconfienza

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:219

    Content type: Research article

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  29. The objectives of this study were to 1) measure the percentage of women who received SMS-based family planning communication, and 2) its association with modern contraception and maternal healthcare services a...

    Authors: Yingying Hu, Rui Huang, Bishwajit Ghose and Shangfeng Tang

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:218

    Content type: Research article

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  30. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via the original article.

    Authors: Muhammad Shabaan, Kaleem Arshid, Muhammad Yaqub, Feng Jinchao, M. Sultan Zia, Giridhar Reddy Boja, Muazzam Iftikhar, Usman Ghani, Loknath Sai Ambati and Rizwan Munir

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:217

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:177

  31. Telehealth (TH) was introduced as a promising tool to support integrated care for the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It aims at improving self-management and providing remote suppo...

    Authors: Violeta Gaveikaite, Casandra Grundstrom, Stefan Winter, Helen Schonenberg, Minna Isomursu, Ioanna Chouvarda and Nicos Maglaveras

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:216

    Content type: Research article

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  32. Accurately determining the softness level of pituitary tumors preoperatively by using their image textures can provide a basis for surgical options and prognosis. Existing methods for this problem require manu...

    Authors: Hong Zhu, Qianhao Fang, Yihe Huang and Kai Xu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:215

    Content type: Research article

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  33. Automated systems that use machine learning to estimate a patient’s risk of death are being developed to influence care. There remains sparse transparent reporting of model generalizability in different subpop...

    Authors: Vincent J. Major and Yindalon Aphinyanaphongs

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:214

    Content type: Research article

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  34. With the development of information technology, an increasing number of healthcare professionals are using smartphones and mobile medical applications (apps) in their clinical practice. The objective of this s...

    Authors: Chao Zhang, Lin Fan, Zhaowu Chai, Cong Yu and Jinlin Song

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:213

    Content type: Research article

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  35. The onset of silent diseases such as type 2 diabetes is often registered through self-report in large prospective cohorts. Self-reported outcomes are cost-effective; however, they are subject to error. Diagnos...

    Authors: Xiangdong Gu, Mahlet G Tadesse, Andrea S Foulkes, Yunsheng Ma and Raji Balasubramanian

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:212

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Most cost-effectiveness analyses in the context of cervical cancer prevention involve the use of mathematical models to simulate HPV infection, cervical disease and prevention strategies. However, it is common...

    Authors: David Moriña, José Ignacio Martí, Pedro Puig and Mireia Diaz

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:211

    Content type: Software

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  37. Clinical analytics is a rapidly developing area of informatics and knowledge mobilisation which has huge potential to improve healthcare in the future. It is widely acknowledged to be a powerful mediator of cl...

    Authors: Kim Sutherland, Wilson Yeung, Yoke Mak and Jean-Frederic Levesque

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:210

    Content type: Research article

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  38. Many studies are available in the literature about e-health in Saudi Arabia, however, data is limited to a few organizations and does not necessarily reflect the current and potential use of e-health for healt...

    Authors: Bader Aldebasi, Abdulaziz I. Alhassan, Sami Al-Nasser and Mostafa A. Abolfotouh

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:209

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Gastrointestinal (GI) cancer including colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, pancreatic cancer, etc., are among the most frequent malignancies diagnosed annually and represent a major public health problem worldw...

    Authors: Charles C. N. Wang, Jennifer Jin, Jan-Gowth Chang, Masahiro Hayakawa, Atsushi Kitazawa, Jeffrey J. P. Tsai and Phillip C.-Y. Sheu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:208

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are systems to store patient information like medical histories, test results, and medications electronically. It helps to give quality service by improving data handling and ...

    Authors: Mohammedjud Hassen Ahmed, Adina Demissie Bogale, Binyam Tilahun, Mulugeta Hayelom Kalayou, Jorn Klein, Shegaw Anagaw Mengiste and Berhanu Fikadie Endehabtu

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:207

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Multi-drug intravenous (IV) therapy is one of the most common medical procedures used in intensive care units (ICUs), operating rooms, oncology wards and many other hospital departments worldwide. As drugs or ...

    Authors: Frank Doesburg, Roy Oelen, Maurits H. Renes, Wouter Bult, Daan J. Touw and Maarten W. Nijsten

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:206

    Content type: Research article

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  42. ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI) is a critical and time-sensitive emergency. The survival depends on prompt initiation of treatment requiring high precision and multi-level coordination between health...

    Authors: Nour Alkamel, Amr Jamal, Omar Alnobani, Mowafa Househ, Nasriah Zakaria, Mohammad Qawasmeh and Shabana Tharkar

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:205

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Knowledge discovery from breast cancer treatment records has promoted downstream clinical studies such as careflow mining and therapy analysis. However, the clinical treatment text from electronic health data ...

    Authors: Yang An, Jianlin Wang, Liang Zhang, Hanyu Zhao, Zhan Gao, Haitao Huang, Zhenguang Du, Zengtao Jiao, Jun Yan, Xiaopeng Wei and Bo Jin

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:204

    Content type: Technical advance

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  44. Patient distances can be calculated based on signs and symptoms derived from an ontological hierarchy. There is controversy as to whether patient distance metrics that consider the semantic similarity between ...

    Authors: Daniel B. Hier, Jonathan Kopel, Steven U. Brint, Donald C. Wunsch II, Gayla R. Olbricht, Sima Azizi and Blaine Allen

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:203

    Content type: Research article

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  45. The Health Information System (HIS) is a set of computerized tools for the collection, storage, management, and transmission of health data. The role of such tools in supporting the modernization of health sys...

    Authors: Cheick Oumar Bagayoko, Jack Tchuente, Diakaridia Traoré, Gaetan Moukoumbi Lipenguet, Raymond Ondzigue Mbenga, Aimé Patrice Koumamba, Myriam Corille Ondjani, Olive Lea Ndjeli and Marie-Pierre Gagnon

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:202

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Methods of data mining and analytics can be efficiently applied in medicine to develop models that use patient-specific data to predict the development of diabetic polyneuropathy. However, there is room for im...

    Authors: Oleg Metsker, Kirill Magoev, Alexey Yakovlev, Stanislav Yanishevskiy, Georgy Kopanitsa, Sergey Kovalchuk and Valeria V. Krzhizhanovskaya

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:201

    Content type: Research article

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  47. Diabetes mellitus is a major global health issue with a growing prevalence. In this context, the number of diabetic complications is also on the rise, such as diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), which are closely link...

    Authors: Jens Hüsers, Guido Hafer, Jan Heggemann, Stefan Wiemeyer, Swen Malte John and Ursula Hübner

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:200

    Content type: Research article

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  48. Family-centered care is a valued approach to improving child and family outcomes in early intervention (EI), yet there is need to implement interventions that support information exchange for shared decision-m...

    Authors: E. C. Albrecht, V. C. Kaelin, B. L. Rigau, J. K. Dooling-Litfin, E. A. Scully, N. J. Murphy, B. M. McManus and M. A. Khetani

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20:199

    Content type: Research article

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  49. Despite the vagueness and uncertainty that is intrinsic in any medical act, interpretation and decision (including acts of data reporting and representation of relevant medical conditions), still little resear...

    Authors: Andrea Seveso, Andrea Campagner, Davide Ciucci and Federico Cabitza

    Citation: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2020 20(Suppl 5):142

    Content type: Research

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 20 Supplement 5