(Worldwide online Reliable Advice to Patients and Individuals)
Gaudinat A., Boyer C.
The Health On the Net Foundation, Switzerland, www.hon.ch
Keywords: Biomedical informatics, eHealth networks and architectures,
health professionals knowledge, public health, health promotion, information
to citizens, security and privacy.
WRAPIN stands for Worldwide online Reliable Advice to Patients and Individuals.
WRAPIN, a two year European project (IST-2001-33260) helps solve two
major problems faced by Internet citizens: Finding information among
a large number of potentially useful documents; Evaluating the relevance
of an online medical document. Despite the improved access to information
made possible by the Internet, it remains extremely difficult to judge
the trustworthiness or relevance of online content. All categories of
users, professional and non-professional, face this problem, which can
be of critical importance in the case of health or medical information.
Search engines, some general, some specialized, are used by all categories
of users to find information but the ever-increasing number of online
documents means that queries must be ever more precise.
WRAPIN involves six partners, leaders in their respective fields; HON,
THALES Information Systems, the Medical Informatics Division of the
University Hospitals of Geneva, Nice Computing, LERTIM of the Faculty
of Medicine of the Hôpital de la Timone and the Ministry of Health
and social actions (MISS).
WRAPIN is an ambitious project aiming to support the online citizen
with a practical, convenient solution to the problem of large numbers
of documents of uncertain quality. WRAPIN will offer a modular platform
to interconnect the most trustworthy and complete information sources.
To date, the following databases have been integrated in WRAPIN:
" MEDLINE, containing scientific medical articles from the 1960's
through the present and constantly updated;
" Clinical Trials (clinicaltrials.org);
" OESO (new electronic database prepared by WRAPIN for the World
Organization for Special Studies on Diseases of Oesophagus;
" Urofrance (French urology database);
" MedHunt (medical search engine) and
" the HON Code of Conduct (http://www.hon.ch/Conduct.html) accredited
" the HONnews daily news from HON and HealthDay
" Drug Information from the Drug and Food Administration (FDA)
The resulting search tool will provide citizens with a wide range of
trustworthy medical and health content.
The WRAPIN project makes use of new developments in the mapping of medical
terms, indexing and search technologies, and natural language processing
tools. WRAPIN has also incorporated and stimulated progress on ongoing
projects, such as MARVIN (Multi-Agent Retrieval Vagabond on Information
Network, HON's medical web spider), HONselect (the 'categorizer' which
currently provides a directory of health/medical resources), ARIANE
(the 'query conceptualizer' from LERTIM), and a 12-language spelling
corrector. WRAPIN will use these technologies to help in query formulation,
leading to accurate search results.
WRAPIN will also provide an entirely new facility enabling the comparison
of health/medical documents in any format (HTML, PDF, etc.) or length
with this interconnected knowledge base, to discover if the information
exists in the published literature and provide a summary conclusion
of the ideas contained. It will help to determine the reliability of
documents by checking the ideas contained against established benchmarks,
and enable users to determine the relevance of a given document from
a page of search results. This exciting new tool is an important step
toward the certification of quality online information.
The WRAPIN (Worldwide online Reliable Advice to Patients and Individuals)
project, IST-2001-33260, is supported by the European Commission and
the "Office Fédéral de l'Education et la Science"
The authors wish to thank all the WRAPIN members, with their precious
contribution in this ambitious project; HUG - SIM Service of Medical
Informatics - University Hospitals of Geneva , LERTIM Laboratoire
d'Enseignement et de Recherche sur le Traitement de l'information Médical
, MISS Mission pour l'informatisation du système de santé
, NICE Computing , THALES Information Systems  and XRPartner
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 HealthDay: www.healthday.com
 MedLine: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed
 Oeso, World Organisation for Specialized Studies on Diseases of
the Esophagus : www.oeso.org
 UroFrance, le site de l'Urologie française : www.urofrance.org
 WRAPIN: www.wrapin.org
 Service d'Informatique médicale: http://www.sim.hcuge.ch/
 LERTIM: http://cybertim.timone.univ-mrs.fr/cybertim
 MISS: http://www.emploi-solidarite.gouv.fr
 Nice Computing: http://www.nicecomputing.ch
 THALES IS: http://www.thalesgroup.com
 XRPartner: http://www.mediqual.net/