MedSearch: A Specialized Search Engine for Medical Information
- Gang Luo (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
- Chunqiang Tang (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
- Hao Yang (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center)
- Xing Wei (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
People are thirsty for medical information. Existing Web search engines cannot handle medical search well because they do not consider its special requirements. Often a medical information searcher is uncertain about his exact questions and unfamiliar with medical terminology. Therefore, he prefers to pose long queries, describing his symptoms in plain English, and receive comprehensive, relevant information from search results. This paper presents MedSearch, a specialized medical Web search engine, to address these challenges. MedSearch can assist ordinary Internet users to search for medical information, by accepting queries of extended length, providing diversified search results, and suggesting related medical phrases.