Ronilda C. Lacson

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The Guideline Interchange Format (GLIF) is a language for structured representation of guidelines. It was developed to facilitate sharing clinical guidelines. GLIF version 2 enabled modeling a guideline as a flowchart of structured steps, representing clinical actions and decisions. However, the attributes of structured constructs were defined as text(More)
BACKGROUND Communication of critical results from diagnostic procedures between caregivers is a Joint Commission national patient safety goal. Evaluating critical result communication often requires manual analysis of voluminous data, especially when reviewing unstructured textual results of radiologic findings. Information retrieval (IR) tools can(More)
In order to enhance our understanding of how to best improve patient care, it was necessary to initially identify key questions that patients ask most frequently by recording actual calls made by home hemodialysis patients to a dialysis clinic over a three-month period. From an initial analysis of the recorded conversations, one of the most frequent reasons(More)
While hyperglycemia is central to the pathogenesis and management of diabetes mellitus, hypoglycemia and glucose variability also contribute to outcomes. We previously reported on the relationship of glycemic control to outcomes in a large population of diabetic end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. Recognizing that ESRD is a risk factor for severe(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES Assess the impact of implementing a structured report template and a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) tool on the quality of prostate multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mp-MRI) reports. MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional Review Board approval was obtained for this Health Insurance Portability and Accountability(More)
Spoken medical dialogue is a valuable source of information, and it forms a foundation for diagnosis, prevention and therapeutic management. However, understanding even a perfect transcript of spoken dialogue is challenging for humans because of the lack of structure and the verbosity of dialogues. This work presents a first step towards automatic analysis(More)
The Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) is the largest resource of public gene expression data. While GEO enables data browsing, query and retrieval, additional tools can help realize its potential for aggregating and comparing data across multiple studies and platforms. This paper describes DSGeo-a collection of valuable tools that were developed for annotating,(More)
Spoken medical dialogue is a valuable source of information for patients and caregivers. This work presents a first step towards automatic analysis and summarization of spoken medical dialogue. We first abstract a dialogue into a sequence of semantic categories using linguistic and contextual features integrated in a supervised machine-learning framework.(More)
Background About half of the United States has legislation requiring radiology facilities to disclose mammographic breast density information to women, often with language recommending discussion of supplemental screening options for women with dense breasts. Objective To examine variation in breast density assessment across radiologists in clinical(More)