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Title Biomedical term normalization of EHRs with UMLS
Authors Naiara Perez, Montse Cuadros and German Rigau
Abstract This paper presents a novel prototype for biomedical term normalization of electronic health record excerpts with the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus, a large, multi-lingual compendium of biomedical and health-related terminologies. Despite the prototype being multilingual and cross-lingual by design, we first focus on processing clinical text in Spanish because there is no existing tool for this language and for this specific purpose. The tool is based on Apache Lucene to index the Metathesaurus and generate mapping candidates from input text. It uses the IXA pipeline for basic language processing and resolves lexical ambiguities with the UKB toolkit. It has been evaluated by measuring its agreement with MetaMap --a mature software to discover UMLS concepts in English texts-- in two English-Spanish parallel corpora. In addition, we present a web-based interface for the tool.
Topics Information Extraction, Information Retrieval, Tools, Systems, Applications, Lexicon, Lexical Database
Full paper Biomedical term normalization of EHRs with UMLS
Bibtex @InProceedings{PEREZ18.509,
  author = {Naiara Perez and Montse Cuadros and German Rigau},
  title = "{Biomedical term normalization of EHRs with UMLS}",
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018)},
  year = {2018},
  month = {May 7-12, 2018},
  address = {Miyazaki, Japan},
  editor = {Nicoletta Calzolari (Conference chair) and Khalid Choukri and Christopher Cieri and Thierry Declerck and Sara Goggi and Koiti Hasida and Hitoshi Isahara and Bente Maegaard and Joseph Mariani and Hélène Mazo and Asuncion Moreno and Jan Odijk and Stelios Piperidis and Takenobu Tokunaga},
  publisher = {European Language Resources Association (ELRA)},
  isbn = {979-10-95546-00-9},
  language = {english}
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