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abstract

 [ab´strakt]
1. a short description of a scientific presentation or article.
2. a thought process that is oriented toward the development of an idea without application to, or association with, a particular instance. This type of thinking is independent of time and space.

ab·stract

(ab'strakt),
1. A preparation made by evaporating a fluid extract to a powder and triturating with milk sugar.
2. A condensation or summary of a scientific or literary article or address.
[L. ab-traho, pp. -tractus, to draw away]

abstract

[ab′strakt, abstrakt′]
Etymology: L, abstrahere, to drag away
1 a condensed summary of a scientific article, literary piece, or address.
2 to collect data such as from a medical record.
3 a preparation containing the soluble principles of a medication concentration mixed with lactose.
4 difficult to understand because of lack of practicality.

Abstract

Informatics A statement summarising the important points of a text; a brief summary or description of the essential content of an article, chapter or other complete work, often written by the author of the work.
Research
(1) A synopsis of research data that may be presented at scientific meetings and later published in a peer-reviewed journal; abstracts may not be subjected to the same rigorous review as the “lead” articles for the same journal; the purpose of the abstract is to enable the reader to efficiently grasp the essence of the report; the abstract can be very misleading; it is often the only part of the content of an article that will show up in a database.  
(2) A distillation of a presentation at a meeting, congress, conference, symposium, colloquium, seminar, workshop, round table, or other professional gathering.

ab·stract

(ab'strakt)
1. A condensation, summary, or brief description of a scientific or literary article or the results of a study.
2. A preparation made by evaporating a fluid extract to a powder and triturating it with milk sugar.
3. (ăb-strakt') To collect information from the medical record for research, billing, or statistical purposes.
[L. ab-traho, pp. -tractus, to draw away]

ab·stract

(ab'strakt)
1. Preparation made by evaporating a fluid extract to a powder and triturating with milk sugar.
2. Condensation or summary of a scientific or literary article or address.
[L. ab-traho, pp. -tractus, to draw away]
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Nevertheless, if two abstractors (or indexers) consistently produce similar results, while a third agrees little with the other two, one is generally inclined to believe that the consistent abstracting (indexing) will be "better.
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According to Michael Wilstead, QuadraMed President and Chief Operating Officer, "Our customers have come to expect us to develop innovative new products such as Quantim Abstracting that not only meet their needs today, but anticipate future needs.
Once the medical record is coded and abstracted, data is downloaded to the hospital's existing on-site abstracting system using LanVision technology.
3M Health Record Management Software is part of a comprehensive suite of software applications using Health Data Management technology that provides integrated solutions for patient data abstracting, utilization and quality management, as well as the JCAHO ORYX and core measures initiatives.