Challenges and methodology for indexing the computerized patient record.

TitleChallenges and methodology for indexing the computerized patient record.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsEhrler, F, Ruch, P, Geissbuhler, A, Lovis, C
JournalStudies in health technology and informatics
IssuePt 1
Date Published2007
KeywordsAbstracting and Indexing as Topic, Humans, Information Storage and Retrieval, Medical Records Systems, Computerized

Patient records contain most crucial documents for managing the treatments and healthcare of patients in the hospital. Retrieving information from these records in an easy, quick and safe way helps care providers to save time and find important facts about their patient's health. This paper presents the scalability issues induced by the indexing and the retrieval of the information contained in the patient records. For this study, EasyIR, an information retrieval tool performing full text queries and retrieving the related documents has been used. An evaluation of the performance reveals that the indexing process suffers from overhead consequence of the particular structure of the patient records. Most IR tools are designed to manage very large numbers of documents in a single index whereas in our hypothesis, one index per record, which usually implies few documents, has been imposed. As the number of modifications and creations of patient records are significant in a day, using a specialized and efficient indexation tool is required.

Alternate JournalStud Health Technol Inform
PubMed ID17911751