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Monday, April 16, 2012

Reference Concept Maps

Just a little update in terms of words, but a picture is worth a thousand words ;-)

A big issue in the healthcare literature is the different terminology and the definition that belongs to a specific term. To tackle this problem in a scientific manner the decision is made to search the literature, find and sort the definitions that are provided in the articles and make a reference concept map per term. A reference concept map takes into account how many articles uses a specific term in their definition and you can make a flowchart of this as I did in the following pictures:

Every box contains a term that is used by the articles to describe an electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) respectively. These terms are grouped in 7 categories, visible in bold. The blue ovals contains the term that is used the most in its category. The red lines and green boxes show which definition is most used by the scientific literature. The little table visible on the EHR picture is less relevant for now.

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