A Special Issue on Medical Information Retrieval has been published online. This issue from the Information Retrieval Journal was edited by Lorraine Goeuriot, Gareth J.F. Jones, Liadh Kelly, Henning Müller and Justine Zobel.
‘Medical information search refers to methodologies and technologies that seek to improve access to medical information archives via a process of information retrieval (IR). Such information is now potentially accessible from many sources including the general web, social media, journal articles, and hospital records. Health-related content is one of the most searched-for topics on the internet, and as such this is an important domain for IR research. Medical information is of interest to a wide variety of users, including patients and their families, researchers, general practitioners and clinicians, and practitioners with specific expertise such as radiologists.’