JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science 20(9): 1154-1173, doi: 10.3217/jucs-020-09-1154
Capturing and Relating Multilingual Clinical Cases
expand article infoRenato de Freitas Bulcão-Neto, José Antonio Camacho Guerrero, Paulo Schor§, Alessandra Stanquini Lopes§, Marcio Branquinho Dutra|, Alessandra Alaniz Macedo|
‡ Innolution Sistemas de Informatica, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil§ Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil| Universidade de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
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Recent studies reveal that the Internet use has grown tremendously in the past few years, most rapidly in non-English-speaking regions. However, this scenario creates a demand for innovative information retrieval services to better support a world wide community. This paper presents the MedLink linking service, which automatically identifies semantic relationships among multilingual clinical cases and makes them available to users as hyperlinks. As a proof of concept, we also present an experiment relating multilingual clinical cases in Ophthalmology, where the relationships created by MedLink were qualitatively analyzed by a Faculty with strong Ophthalmology background. Analysis results are described in terms of the completeness and the fidelity of the relationships created, which can be most useful in a globalized world for several purposes including research, teaching, and presurgical decision making.
cross-language information retrieval, semantic relationships, multilingual Web, medical informatics