07. July 2014
Her last two research trips led Dr. Kerstin Denecke to Vienna, at Austrian’s largest event of the e-health sector – the eHealth Summit Austria and to Reykjavik, at the most important conference on language resources and evaluation – the LREC. At both events, the research leader of the DPM-group spoke about issues which are associated with the use of data from the Internet and other mobile technologies for medical purposes.
So, the first lecture concerned “Ethical Aspects of Using Medical Social Media in Healthcare Applications“ – not only in Austria an intensively discussed topic in the field of IT healthcare. Dr. Denecke made clear the importance of a legal assurance of data protection directive and ethical principles in the evaluation and use of digital information in healthcare by means of literature analysis and considerations of the Social Media – Working Group of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
The presentation at the LREC dealt with the question of how medically relevant information can be automatically extracted from Internet texts. Therefore, the computer scientist presented various language processing tools which were applied to Medical Social Media. For the further work on the digital patient model information about biomedical textmining and text corpora from the field of medicine were of interest.
Dr. Denecke and her research group pursue the aim of integrating information from the patients (e.g. about the quality of life and lifestyle) in the therapeutic decision in addition to data from clinical documents and the experiences of medical experts. This information is primarily contained in Social Media text forms – an almost inexhaustible source, whose special use calls for limits.