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Looking for Anthrax: Feasibility Study of Free Text Analytics for Emergency Department Syndromic Surveillance


The primary objective of this study is to assess the capability of an advanced text analytics tool that uses natural language processing techniques to extract important medical information collected as part of routine emergency room care (history, symptoms, vital signs, test results, initial diagnosis, etc.). This information will be automatically, accurately, and efficiently converted from unstructured text into use-able information, which can then be used to identify cases that are the result of a naturally occurring outbreak or bioterrorism event. This information would then be available to (1) communicate to the treating physician, and (2) message back to organizations aggregating data at a higher level, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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