Health Care / Life Sciences

Automatically Exposing OpenLifeData via SADI semantic Web Services

14578025768_ba3297d452_zThe Journal of Medical Semantics has published an article by Alejandro Rodriguez Gonzalez, Alison Callahan, Jose Cruz-Toledo, et al, entitled “Automatically exposing OpenLifeData via SADI semantic Web Services.” The abstract begins, “Two distinct trends are emerging with respect to how data is shared, collected, and analyzed within the bioinformatics community. First, Linked Data, exposed as SPARQL endpoints, promises to make data easier to collect and integrate by moving towards the harmonization of data syntax, descriptive vocabularies, and identifiers, as well as providing a standardized mechanism for data access. Second, Web Services, often linked together into workflows, normalize data access and create transparent, reproducible scientific methodologies that can, in principle, be re-used and customized to suit new scientific questions.” Read more

How Health Startups are Using Big, Open Data

2837123918_f7308483d1_zJoel Gurin of Information Week recently wrote, “Watson‘s venture into healthcare is part of a new movement to data-driven medicine. The federal government has recently released large amounts of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, among other agencies. At the same time, several other trends — the use of electronic medical records, an explosion of data about the human genome, and advances in data analysis — have given us the potential for a revolution in healthcare. We can look forward to more data-driven diagnostics, treatment plans, and predictive analytics to determine the best treatments more scientifically.” Read more

Medical App HealthTap Uses Artificial Intelligence to Offer Personalized Advice

healthtapSage Lazzaro of Beta Beat reports, “Popular medical app HealthTap just launched a new product called ‘Top Doctor Insights.’ Using artificial intelligence, the new service provides users with completely personalized health information. HealthTap is a resource for accessing free medical information provided by more than 64,000 doctors. Until now, it wasn’t much more than a database. But with ‘Top Doctor Insights,’ two people searching the same topic now receive completely different results. After a user types in a question, the service goes beyond searching for keywords and actually analyzes the content and semantic meaning of the inquiry.” Read more

NEW WEBINAR Announced: Yosemite Project – Part 6

“Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web Technologies”

Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web TechnologiesSemanticWeb.com recently launched a series of webinars on the topic of “RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language.”

Part 1 of that series, “The Yosemite Project: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Part 2,The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Part 3, “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Registration is open for PART 4, PART 5, and PART 6.

About Part 6:

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TITLE: Data-Driven Biomedical Research with Semantic Web Technologies
DATE: Friday, December 19, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
DESCRIPTION: In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this presentation, our speaker, Dr. Michel Dumontier, will explore the use of Semantic Web technologies to reduce the overwhelming burden of integrating clinical data with public biomedical data, and enabling a new generation of translational research and their clinical application.

 

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NEW WEBINAR Announced: Yosemite Project – Part 5

“Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data”

Part 5-Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical DataSemanticWeb.com recently launched a series of webinars on the topic of “RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language.”

Part 1 of that series, “The Yosemite Project: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Part 2,The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Part 3, “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Registration is open for PART 4, PART 5, and PART 6.

About Part 5:

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TITLE: Introduction and RDF Representation of FHIR for Clinical Data
DATE: Friday, December 12, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
DESCRIPTION: In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. Our speaker, Joshua Mandel, will provide a lightning tour of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR), an emerging clinical data standard, with a focus on its resource-oriented approach, and a discussion of how FHIR intersects with the Semantic Web. We’ll look at how FHIR represents links between entities; how FHIR represents concepts from standards-based vocabularies; and how a set of FHIR instance data can be represented in RDF.

 

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WEBINAR: Yosemite Project – Part 3 (VIDEO)

Yosemite Project Part 3 title slide: Transformations for Integrating Data with FHIR in RDF“Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF”

In case you missed last Wednesday’s webinar, “The Yosemite Project – Part 3: Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF” delivered by Rafael Richards, the recording and slides are now available (and posted below). The webinar was co-produced by SemanticWeb.com and DATAVERSITY.net and runs for one hour, including a Q&A session with the audience that attended the live broadcast.

If you watch this webinar, please use the comments section below to share your questions, comments, and ideas for webinars you would like to see in the future.

About the Webinar

In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this installment, we hear from Rafael Richards, Physician Informatician, Office of Informatics and Analytics in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), about “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF.”

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NEW WEBINAR Announced: Yosemite Project – Part 4

“Achieving Clinical Knowledge Convergence and Interoperability”

Yosemite Project - PART 4: Achieving Clinical Knowledge Convergence and InteroperabilitySemanticWeb.com recently launched a series of webinars on the topic of “RDF as a Universal Healthcare Exchange Language.”

Part 1 of that series, “The Yosemite Project: An RDF Roadmap for Healthcare Information Interoperability,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Part 2,The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Part 3, “Transformations for Integrating VA data with FHIR in RDF,” is available as a recorded webinar and slide deck.

Registration is open for PART 4, PART 5, and PART 6.

 

About Part 4:

click here to register now!
TITLE: Achieving Clinical Knowledge Convergence and Interoperability
DATE: Friday, December 5, 2014
TIME: 2 PM Eastern / 11 AM Pacific
PRICE: Free to all attendees
DESCRIPTION: In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this presentation, we will discuss with Claude Nanjo, a Software Architect at Cognitive Medical Systems, ways to expose clinical knowledge as OWL and RDF resources on the Web in order to promote greater convergence in the representation of health knowledge in the longer term. We will also explore how one might rally and coordinate the community to seed the Web with a core set of high-value resources and technologies that could greatly enhance health interoperability.

 

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WEBINAR: Yosemite Project – Part 2 (VIDEO)

“The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests”

Yosemite Project Part 2 - YouTube screen shotIn case you missed last Friday’s webinar, “The Yosemite Project – Part 2: The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests” delivered by Conor Dowling, the recording and slides are now available (and posted below). The webinar was co-produced by SemanticWeb.com and DATAVERSITY.net and runs for one hour, including a Q&A session with the audience that attended the live broadcast.

If you watch this webinar, please use the comments section below to share your questions, comments, and ideas for webinars you would like to see in the future.

About the Webinar

In our series on The Yosemite Project, we explore RDF as a data standard for health data. In this installment, we will hear from Conor Dowling, CTO of Caregraf about “The Ideal Medium for Health Data? A Dive into Lab Tests.”
Lab tests and results have many dimensions from substances measured to timing to the condition of a patient. This presentation will show how RDF is the best medium to fully capture this highly nuanced data.

Video

Slides:

http://schemes.caregraf.info/presentations/semtech2014/

 

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Smart Glasses Don’t Have Consumer Vote Yet

gglassGot your Smart Glasses on today? If not, you’re very much not alone. According to a report published this month by Juniper Research, Smart Glasses: Consumer, Enterprise and Healthcare Strategies and Forecasts 2014-2019, smart glass shipments are “unlikely to exceed 10 million per annum until 2018.”

What’s holding back one of the early entrants in the wearables sector? The report cites “emerging privacy concerns, dismissal of the initial devices as ugly and, most importantly, questions about exactly how useful the devices are in day-to-day life. While there is an active development community for smart glasses, no developers have precise answers as to how the devices will improve the lives of consumers.”

There is enterprise interest, it notes, but because businesses are more likely to share devices among users rather than buy them in bulk for everyone, “this will result in high investment but low shipment volumes to the enterprise for the next five years.”

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New Study Shows Electronic Health Records on the Rise

5669123427_44d1da0ebf_mBob Violino of Information Management reports, “Electronic health records (EHR) uptake in the U.S. has accelerated dramatically as a result of government initiatives and the considerable resources healthcare providers have invested over the past five years, says research firm Frost & Sullivan. Electronic health records have become the heart of health IT, the firm says, and U.S. clinicians use them on a daily basis. Frost & Sullivan’s latest health IT analysis, ‘EHR Usability—CIOs Weigh in On What’s Needed to Improve Information Retrieval,’ finds that as the market matures and the volume of EHR data proliferates, ensuring reliable information retrieval from EHRs at the point-of-care will become a priority for healthcare providers.” Read more

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