Tuesday, March 04, 2003

TeSSI and FreePharma

"TeSSI is a state-of-the-art tool that improves upon the existing search and retrieval tools by extracting the meaning out of medical free text and placing the resulting medical ‘concepts’ in the document index instead of terms. This creates a very powerful environment allowing healthcare knowledge seekers to query content stores in natural language and retrieve highly relevant information with great accuracy."

"FreePharma is a software plug-in that analyzes drug prescription information...Each year medication errors cause hundreds of thousands of patient deaths annually (140,000 deaths per year in the US alone) and cost billions of dollars.

Software is available with drug-drug interactions, drug-allergy interactions... but all of these databases / applications need structured input. Prescriptions however are made in human language. Hence, most applications use data entry forms combined with pick lists and point and click interfaces to obtain structured data input from the very beginning. This is time-consuming and quite often very impractical and resisted by many doctors."
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