NAVY MEDicals Information STorage And Retrieval System. NAVY MEDISTARS. Part 1. Design and Development of the NAVY MEDISTARS System and Indexing of The Initial Research Data Base.
Technical rept. 15 Apr 70-14 Apr 71,
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A computer-based information storage and retrieval system was designed and implemented for processing Navy neuropsychiatric case history reports for the purpose of conducting research studies of the epidemiology and prognosis of psychiatric disorders in the naval service and as a training procedure. The system design objectives were to produce a dynamic and flexible medical information processing tool, responsive to the evolving needs of Navy medical research and adaptable to the impact of todays rapidly changing computer technology. The system that was designed has been given the name NAVY MEDical Information STorage And Retrieval System NAVY MEDISTARS. A dictionary of 519 indexing terms was formulated to index case history reports for computer input. An initial 100-case sample of anonymous case history reports for neurotic patients, supplied by the Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, was indexed, prepared for input, and processed by the NAVY MEDISTARS system. Reliability studies were conducted of indexing procedures and of system responsiveness to searches for which the data retrieved were compared to the known input. Simulation studies were performed of on-line, interactive input and editing procedures. Forty research queries were run against the computer data base of 100 neurotic case history reports. Part One of this technical report describes the NAVY MEDISTARS system, the 100-case data base, and the research studies enumerated above. Part Two presents a manual of indexing terms and procedures for using the NAVY MEDISTARS system. Author
- Information Science
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Computer Hardware