Managing free text for secondary use of health data

Yearb Med Inform. 2014 Aug 15;9(1):167-9. doi: 10.15265/IY-2014-0037.


Objective: To summarize the best papers in the field of Knowledge Representation and Management (KRM).

Methods: A comprehensive review of medical informatics literature was performed to select some of the most interesting papers of KRM and natural language processing (NLP) published in 2013.

Results: Four articles were selected, one focuses on Electronic Health Record (EHR) interoperability for clinical pathway personalization based on structured data. The other three focus on NLP (corpus creation, de-identification, and co-reference resolution) and highlight the increase in NLP tools performances.

Conclusion: NLP tools are close to being seriously concurrent to humans in some annotation tasks. Their use could increase drastically the amount of data usable for meaningful use of EHR.

Keywords: Medical informatics; knowledge representation; natural language processing; ontology; semantic web.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Pathways
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Data Anonymization
  • Electronic Health Records / organization & administration
  • Knowledge Management*
  • Natural Language Processing*
  • Terminology as Topic