Metaphrase: An aid to the clinical conceptualization and formalization of patient problems in healthcare enterprises

M. S. Tuttle, N. E. Oison, K. D. Keck, W. G. Cole, M. S. Erlbaum, D. D. Shcrcrtz, Christopher Chute, P. L. Elkin, G. E. Atkin, B. H. Kaihoi, C. Safran, D. Rind, V. Law

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Abstract

Patient descriptors, or 'problems,' such as 'brain metastases of melanoma' are an effective way for caregivers to describe patients. But most problems, e.g., 'cubital tunnel syndrome' or 'ulnar nerve compression,' found in problem lists in an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) are not comparable computationally - in general, a computer cannot determine whether they describe the same or a related problem, or whether the user would have preferred 'ulnar nerve compression syndrome.' Metaphrase is a scalable, middleware component designed to be accessed from problem-manager applications in EMR systems. In response to caregivers' informal descriptors it suggests potentially equivalent, authoritative, and more formally comparable descriptors, Metaphrase contains a clinical subset of the 1997 UMLS Metathesaurus and some 10,000 'problems' from the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Beth Israel Hospital. Word and term completion, spelling correction, and semantic navigation, all combine to ease the burden of problem conceptualization, entry and formalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-383
Number of pages11
JournalMethods of Information in Medicine
Volume37
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Ulnar Nerve Compression Syndromes
Unified Medical Language System
Electronic Health Records
Caregivers
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Delivery of Health Care
Israel
Semantics
Melanoma
Neoplasm Metastasis
Brain

Keywords

  • Computer-based Patient Records
  • Formalization
  • Problem Lists
  • Semantic Navigation
  • Unified Medical Language System

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing(all)

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Tuttle, M. S., Oison, N. E., Keck, K. D., Cole, W. G., Erlbaum, M. S., Shcrcrtz, D. D., ... Law, V. (1998). Metaphrase: An aid to the clinical conceptualization and formalization of patient problems in healthcare enterprises. Methods of Information in Medicine, 37(4-5), 373-383.

Metaphrase : An aid to the clinical conceptualization and formalization of patient problems in healthcare enterprises. / Tuttle, M. S.; Oison, N. E.; Keck, K. D.; Cole, W. G.; Erlbaum, M. S.; Shcrcrtz, D. D.; Chute, Christopher; Elkin, P. L.; Atkin, G. E.; Kaihoi, B. H.; Safran, C.; Rind, D.; Law, V.

In: Methods of Information in Medicine, Vol. 37, No. 4-5, 1998, p. 373-383.

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Tuttle, MS, Oison, NE, Keck, KD, Cole, WG, Erlbaum, MS, Shcrcrtz, DD, Chute, C, Elkin, PL, Atkin, GE, Kaihoi, BH, Safran, C, Rind, D & Law, V 1998, 'Metaphrase: An aid to the clinical conceptualization and formalization of patient problems in healthcare enterprises', Methods of Information in Medicine, vol. 37, no. 4-5, pp. 373-383.
Tuttle, M. S. ; Oison, N. E. ; Keck, K. D. ; Cole, W. G. ; Erlbaum, M. S. ; Shcrcrtz, D. D. ; Chute, Christopher ; Elkin, P. L. ; Atkin, G. E. ; Kaihoi, B. H. ; Safran, C. ; Rind, D. ; Law, V. / Metaphrase : An aid to the clinical conceptualization and formalization of patient problems in healthcare enterprises. In: Methods of Information in Medicine. 1998 ; Vol. 37, No. 4-5. pp. 373-383.
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