Automating assessment of lifestyle counseling in electronic health records

04/29/2014 | American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Can lifestyle counseling be automatically assessed? Numerous population-based surveys indicate that obese patients can benefit from lifestyle counseling during routine clinical care. Using the MediClass system, researchers determined if natural language processing (NLP) could be applied to information in the electronic health record (EHR) to automatically assess delivery of weight management-related counseling in clinical health care encounters. The study concludes that the MediClass processor has performance capability sufficiently similar to human abstractors to permit automated assessment of counseling for weight loss in postpartum encounter records. (Available for CME credit.)

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