Leaving No Stone Unturned: Using Machine Learning Based Approaches for Information Extraction from Full Texts of a Research Data Warehouse

  • Johanna FiebeckEmail author
  • Hans Laser
  • Hinrich B. Winther
  • Svetlana GerbelEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11371)


Data in healthcare and routine medical treatment is growing fast. Therefore and because of its variety, possible correlation within these are becoming even more complex. Popular tools for facilitating the daily routine for the clinical researchers are more often based on machine learning (ML) algorithms. Those tools might facilitate data management, data integration or even content classification. Besides commercial functionalities, there are many solutions which are developed by the user himself for his own, specific question of research or task. One of these tasks is described within this work: qualifying the Weber fracture, an ankle joint fracture, from radiological findings with the help of supervised machine learning algorithms. To do so, the findings were firstly processed with common natural language processing (NLP) methods. For the classifying part, we used the bags-of-words-approach to bring together the medical findings on the one hand, and the metadata of the findings on the other hand, and compared several common classifier to have the best results. In order to conduct this study, we used the data and the technology of the Enterprise Clinical Research Data Warehouse (ECRDW) from Hannover Medical School. This paper shows the implementation of machine learning and NLP techniques into the data warehouse integration process in order to provide consolidated, processed and qualified data to be queried for teaching and research purposes.


Clinical Research Data Warehouse Machine learning Text mining Data science Unstructured data Secondary use Radiology NLP 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Information ManagementHannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyHannover Medical SchoolHannoverGermany

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