Txt2MEDLINE: text-messaging access to MEDLINE/PubMed

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006;2006:259-63.


We developed a text messaging system for processing incoming Short Message Service (SMS) queries, retrieving medical journal citations from MEDLINE/PubMed and sending them back to the user in the text message format. A database of medical terminology abbreviations and acronyms was developed to reduce the size of text in journal citations and abstracts because of the 160-character per message limit of text messages. Queries may be sent as full-length terms or abbreviations. An algorithm transforms the citations into the SMS format. An abbreviated TBL (the bottom-line) summary instead of the full abstract is sent to the mobile device to shorten the resulting text. The system decreases citation size by 77.5+/-7.9%. Txt2MEDLINE provides physicians and healthcare personnel another rapid and convenient method for searching MEDLINE/PubMed through wireless mobile devices. It is accessible from any location worldwide where GSM wireless service is available.

MeSH terms

  • Abbreviations as Topic
  • Algorithms*
  • Cell Phone*
  • Computers, Handheld
  • Information Storage and Retrieval*
  • PubMed
  • Telecommunications*