Medinfo 21-23 Aug 2013 Copenhagen

We – Mia Kvist, Sumithra Velupillai, Maria Skeppstedt, Danny Brash and I participated at SHI 2013 and Medinfo 2013 in Copenhagen. SHI 2013 is the Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics 2013 and Medinfo 2013 is the 14th World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics and is the largest medical informatics conference.

We had three papers at SHI 2013, Nurses’ experiences with electronic medical records by Anders Jansson, Marcus Vidarsson & Danny Brash, where Anders and Marcus are bachelor students of Danny who also presented the paper. The paper with the title Professional Language in Swedish Radiology ReportsCharacterization for Patient-Adapted Text Simplification by Maria Kvist and Sumithra Velupillai was presented by Mia Kvist and finally the paper with the title Functions for Personal Health Records in Sweden – Patient Perspectives by Sumithra Velupillai, Omran Ibrahim and Maria Kvist, was presented by Sumithra where Omran was Sumithras and Maria Kvists master student.

Medinfo 2013 followed directly after SHI 2013 and had 1 200 participants.  We had one paper presentation, one poster presentation and organized one panel discussion. Sumithra presented the paper with the title Extending the NegEx Lexicon for Multiple Languages by Wendy Chapman, Dieter Hilert, Sumithra Velupillai, Maria Kvist , Maria Skeppstedt,  Brian Chapman, Michael Conway, Melissa Tharp, Danielle Mowery and Louise Deleger, the room was packed with people so they had to stand along the walls of the room!
The poster with the title Using Text Prediction for Facilitating Input and Improving Readability of Clinical Text by Magnus Ahltorp, Maria Skeppstedt,Hercules Dalianis and Maria Kvist was presented by Maria Skeppstedt. The panel had the title Automatic Clinical Text De-Identification: Is It Worth It, and Could It Work for Me?, and was held by Stéphane M. Meystre, Hercules Dalianis and Pierre Zweigenbaum. Methods and issues of de-identification in three different countries were presented in the panel, and this also lead to intensive discussions about de-identification , ethics and how to use clinical records for research.
We have written a short project report in Swedish from the conference, if you are interested to read it, please contact me.

Here follows some photos from the conference






About Hercules

I am a professor working at DSV-Stockholm University, I perform research in natural language processing and information retrieval, the last ten years I have been working on text mining on electronic patient records to build useful tools to improve health. Hercules homepage
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