The MEDLINE Button.

J. J. Cimino, S. B. Johnson, A. Aguirre, N. Roderer, P. D. Clayton

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We have developed a computerized method for performing bibliographic searches directly from patient data involving five steps: 1) identifying specific patient data which raises a question in the mind of the user, 2) selection (from a list of generic questions) of a small number of questions which fit the selected patient data, 3) automated translation of the patient data into appropriate terms used for bibliographic indexing, 4) conversion of the question selected by the user into a search strategy, and 5) transfer of the search strategy to a search engine for a bibliographic database. We have modified the Columbia-Presbyterian Clinical Information System to experiment with this method. The first implementation converts patient diagnoses and procedures coded in ICD9-CM into Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and searches Medline using BRS/Onsite. Challenges include development of a useful set of generic questions and translation from ICD9-CM to MeSH using the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings / the ... Annual Symposium on Computer Application [sic] in Medical Care. Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care
StatePublished - 1992


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