Viewpoint Paper: Identifying Patient Smoking Status from Medical Discharge Records

  title={Viewpoint Paper: Identifying Patient Smoking Status from Medical Discharge Records},
  author={{\"O}zlem Uzuner and Ira Goldstein and Yuan Luo and Isaac S. Kohane},
  journal={Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA},
  volume={15 1},
The authors organized a Natural Language Processing (NLP) challenge on automatically determining the smoking status of patients from information found in their discharge records. This challenge was issued as a part of the i2b2 (Informatics for Integrating Biology to the Bedside) project, to survey, facilitate, and examine studies in medical language understanding for clinical narratives. This article describes the smoking challenge, details the data and the annotation process, explains the… CONTINUE READING
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