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A Short Review of Ethical Challenges in Clinical Natural Language Processing

Abstract · Mar 29, 2017 15:12 ·

cs-cl cs-cy

Arxiv Abstract

  • Simon Šuster
  • Stéphan Tulkens
  • Walter Daelemans

Clinical NLP has an immense potential in contributing to how clinical practice will be revolutionized by the advent of large scale processing of clinical records. However, this potential has remained largely untapped due to slow progress primarily caused by strict data access policies for researchers. In this paper, we discuss the concern for privacy and the measures it entails. We also suggest sources of less sensitive data. Finally, we draw attention to biases that can compromise the validity of empirical research and lead to socially harmful applications.

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