Health search engine with e-document analysis for reliable search results.

TitleHealth search engine with e-document analysis for reliable search results.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGaudinat, A, Ruch, P, Joubert, M, Uziel, P, Strauss, A, Thonnet, M, Baud, R, Spahni, S, Weber, P, Bonal, J, Boyer, C, Fieschi, M, Geissbuhler, A
JournalInternational journal of medical informatics
Date Published2006 Jan
KeywordsEurope, Information Storage and Retrieval, Internet, Medical Informatics, Quality Control, Software

OBJECTIVE: After a review of the existing practical solution available to the citizen to retrieve eHealth document, the paper describes an original specialized search engine WRAPIN.

METHOD: WRAPIN uses advanced cross lingual information retrieval technologies to check information quality by synthesizing medical concepts, conclusions and references contained in the health literature, to identify accurate, relevant sources. Thanks to MeSH terminology [1] (Medical Subject Headings from the U.S. National Library of Medicine) and advanced approaches such as conclusion extraction from structured document, reformulation of the query, WRAPIN offers to the user a privileged access to navigate through multilingual documents without language or medical prerequisites.

RESULTS: The results of an evaluation conducted on the WRAPIN prototype show that results of the WRAPIN search engine are perceived as informative 65% (59% for a general-purpose search engine), reliable and trustworthy 72% (41% for the other engine) by users. But it leaves room for improvement such as the increase of database coverage, the explanation of the original functionalities and an audience adaptability.

CONCLUSION: Thanks to evaluation outcomes, WRAPIN is now in exploitation on the HON web site (, free of charge. Intended to the citizen it is a good alternative to general-purpose search engines when the user looks up trustworthy health and medical information or wants to check automatically a doubtful content of a Web page.

Alternate JournalInt J Med Inform
PubMed ID16377235