A native XML database design for clinical document research. Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Databases as Topic
  • Programming Languages


  • Health-care institutions are gaining an increasing interest in exploiting the data that are gathered through electronic medical records. Narrative data, generated by transcription or direct entry, represents a far greater challenge for analytic tasks. Moreover, a small number of institutions are beginning to explore deeper structuring of narrative data using natural language processing (NLP). The data produced by NLP systems has a complex, nested structure. Current electronic medical records do not have the ability to store and retrieve data of this complexity in a suitable way.

publication date

  • January 2003



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed Central ID

  • PMC1479907

PubMed ID

  • 14728388

Additional Document Info

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  • 883