Extraction of Active Medications and Adherence Using Natural Language Processing for Glaucoma Patients

Wei Chun Lin, Jimmy S. Chen, Joel Kaluzny, Aiyin Chen, Michael F. Chiang, Michelle R. Hribar

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Accuracy of medication data in electronic health records (EHRs) is crucial for patient care and research, but many studies have shown that medication lists frequently contain errors. In contrast, physicians often pay more attention to the clinical notes and record medication information in them. The medication information in notes may be used for medication reconciliation to improve the medication lists' accuracy. However, accurately extracting patient's current medications from free-text narratives is challenging. In this study, we first explored the discrepancies between medication documentation in medication lists and progress notes for glaucoma patients by manually reviewing patients' charts. Next, we developed and validated a named entity recognition model to identify current medication and adherence from progress notes. Lastly, a prototype tool for medication reconciliation using the developed model was demonstrated. In the future, the model has the potential to be incorporated into the EHR system to help with realtime medication reconciliation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-782
Number of pages10
JournalAMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings. AMIA Symposium
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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