Tracking health disparities through natural-language processing

Mark L. Wieland, Stephen T. Wu, Vinod C. Kaggal, Barbara P. Yawn

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Health disparities and solutions are heterogeneous within and among racial and ethnic groups, yet existing administrative databases lack the granularity to reflect important sociocultural distinctions. We measured the efficacy of a naturallanguage- processing algorithm to identify a specific immigrant group. The algorithm demonstrated accuracy and precision in identifying Somali patients from the electronic medical records at a single institution. This technology holds promise to identify and track immigrants and refugees in the United States in local health care settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-449
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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