Exploring intentions on electronic health records retrieval

Exploring intentions on electronic health records retrieval

Rodrigo Bonacin Julio Cesar dos Reis  Edemar Mendes Perciani  Olga Nabuco 

CTI Renato Archer Campinas São Paulo, Brazil

Institute of Computing University of Campinas Campinas São Paulo, Brazil

Faculty of Campo Limpo Paulista Campo Limpo Paulista São Paulo, Brazil

Corresponding Author Email: 
rodrigo.bonacin@cti.gov.br olga.nabuco@cti.gov.br; jreis@ic.unicamp.br; edemar.mendes.perciani@gmail.com
30 April 2018
| Citation

Despite the potential benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), health care professionals face difficulties in the selection of relevant documents in huge repositories during collaborative activities. In this article, we investigate the development of an innovative Information Retrieval (IR) and sharing mechanism that explores the formal representation of inten- tions in EHRs. To this end, this research relies on Organizational Semiotics and Speech Acts Theory. We defined an algorithm to filter and sort search results relying on intention classes explicitly declared as query parameters in the search mechanism. As our main contribution, we developed the SiRBI IR system for supporting group knowledge sharing through EHRs. To evaluate the proposal, we conducted an experimental study using a realworld EHR repository in two search scenarios, which involve an interdisciplinary group. The obtained results demonstrated the effectiveness of the solution.


information retrieval, electronic health records, information sharing, query expansion, intentions, illocutions, speech acts theory

1. Introduction
2. Background
3. Method and Algorithm Conceptualization
4. Experimental Evaluation
5. Discussion
6. Conclusion

This work is supported by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) (Grant#2017/02325-5)4.


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