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Text Mining for Clinical Support

Monday, May 6
4:35 PM - 4:50 PM
Room: Columbus GH (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : Text mining is an artificial intelligence (AI) technology that enables fast retrieval of key content from text. Text mining identifies facts, relationships and assertions that would otherwise remain buried in large masses of text. In 2013 Dahlgren Memorial Library (DML) at the Georgetown University Medical Center began using text mining software in order to enable its clinical informationists to quickly retrieve specific, relevant information from MEDLINE abstracts while on patient rounds. In 2015 DML also began licensing large numbers of full text journal articles from selected publishers so that they could be downloaded and text mined as well.
Description : In 2013 DML licensed the use of a text mining program via the cloud, and the clinical informationist began using it to text mine MEDLINE abstracts on patient rounds. In 2015 DML moved to a local instance of the text mining software and negotiated with several publishers the right to download and text mine the full text of high impact journals in support of clinical decision support. DML also worked with its institution’s information services department to utilize publisher APIs to facilitate article downloads onto the local server. A second informationist was also trained to use the software.

Results: The informationists found they were able to quickly find useful information not retrievable by traditional methods and clinicians reported the information was valuable.
Conclusion : The ability to text mine MEDLINE abstracts and selected journal articles on patient rounds has allowed DML's clinical informationists to quickly search large amounts of medical literature which can be used to answer physicians’ clinical questions. DML plans to acquire additional journal articles from selected publishers in the future which should increase the usefulness of the project.

Jonathan Hartmann

Director of Clinical Integration Services & Data Discovery
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, District of Columbia

I am Jonathan Hartmann MLS, Director of Clinical Integration Services & Data Discovery at Georgetown University Medical Center. I have 25 years of experience as a medical librarian providing outstanding reference, outreach, educational and clinical information services.

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Linda Van Keuren, AHIP

Assistant Dean for Resources and Access Management
Georgetown University Medical Center, Dahlgren Memorial Library
Washington, District of Columbia

Linda A. Van Keuren, MLS, AHIP, is the Assistant Dean for Resources and Access Management at Dahlgren Memorial Library, Georgetown University Medical Center. In her position, she acquires and manages the Dahlgren Memorial Library collections. She also supervises the Library’s access and delivery services to ensure that high-quality resources and services are readily available to support of academic, clinical and research missions of the Georgetown University Medical Center.

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