Web information retrieval for health professionals

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Journal of Medical Systems

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Art. 9946


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Keyword: Web information retrieval, Text mining, Web mining


This paper presents a Web Information Retrieval System (WebIRS), which is designed to assist the healthcare professionals to obtain up-to-date medical knowledge and information via the World Wide Web (WWW). The system leverages the document classification and text summarization techniques to deliver the highly correlated medical information to the physicians. The system architecture of the proposed WebIRS is first discussed, and then a case study on an application of the proposed system in a Hong Kong medical organization is presented to illustrate the adoption process and a questionnaire is administrated to collect feedback on the operation and performance of WebIRS in comparison with conventional information retrieval in the WWW. A prototype system has been constructed and implemented on a trial basis in a medical organization. It has proven to be of benefit to healthcare professionals through its automatic functions in classification and summarizing the medical information that the physicians needed and interested. The results of the case study show that with the use of the proposed WebIRS, significant reduction of searching time and effort, with retrieval of highly relevant materials can be attained. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York.



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Research work financially supported from Research Committee of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Ting, S. L., See-To, E. W. K., & Tse, Y. K. (2013). Web information retrieval for health professionals. Journal of Medical Systems, 37(3), Art. 9946. doi: 10.1007/s10916-013-9946-3