A Case of Searching With Medical Precision

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Allegheny General Hospital, based in Pittsburgh, annually admits up to 31,500 patients and handles roughly 60,000 emergency visits. Founded in 1885, the hospital offers the most advanced care available in a variety of specialty areas, including: cardiology, diagnostic and interventional radiology, emergency medicine, cancer care, and transplant and vascular surgery. Recognized as one of "America’s Best Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report, some sources identify Allegheny General as one of the nation’s top hospitals in numerous disciplines such as oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, and cardiothoracic surgery. With a long-standing commitment to education and research, Allegheny General maintains ongoing, innovative research studies in the neurosciences, oncology, human genetics, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, orthopedics, and trauma.

Physicians at Allegheny General are faced with multiple duties on a daily basis, leaving little time for conducting research in their specific fields. Using MEDLINE, the central database for medical information, doctors search for information and articles to further their research on a multitude of topics. However, most of the current mechanisms for searching MEDLINE can offer thousands of results for a single keyword search, leaving many physicians faced with hours of sifting through abstracts to find the relevant articles. With limited time to find and read through results, doctors at Allegheny General sought a faster way to search and locate pertinent articles for their research.

MyEBMsearch—EBM meaning evidence-based medicine—uses new technology to "understand" medical texts and to better interpret the substance of the abstracts in MEDLINE. This enables high-speed content analysis and indexing, as well as automatic categorization of abstracts into clinically relevant topics. Using MyEBMsearch, clients can accurately locate the limited number of highly specific results they need, thus greatly increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of their searches.

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