Health Care / Life Sciences

Semantic Technology May Help NIH In Its HealthCare Advancement Mission

ashoknareOcto Consulting, a technology solutions and management services company for both the intelligence and healthcare sectors, recently published an infographic exploring the intersection among the Semantic Web, Linked Data and Health IT as it relates to accessing and interacting with data from an array of sources in the healthcare chain. “Our point of view is that in healthcare there are multiple data sources and so much data – especially when it comes to clinical trials, pharmaceuticals research and scientific data,” says CTO Ashok Nare. “It’s very possible that each of those data elements is represented in a different format, so how to take them all and connect them to ask questions you aren’t able to ask otherwise. That’s where semantic technologies are extremely useful.”

One health-care sector project in which Octo is putting semantic technologies to use these days is an effort it has underway with the U.S.’s medical research agency, the National Institutes of  Health, whose mission includes providing grants to the scientific community to engage in research and experiments “to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability,”  as its web site explains. Now, not only does the NIH want to understand what it’s funding and how those grants are progressing, but also  “what opportunities it may be missing out on,” Nare explains.

That means continually assessing not only what’s in its portfolio but also what research gaps there are, which requires conducting analysis on more and more data sources and investigating more queries: That could mean more development and expense, without the help of semantic web technologies.

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Pharmaceutical and IT Communities Collaborate on OASIS eTMF Clinical Trial Data Standard

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Rancho Cordova, CA (PRWEB) April 01, 2014–The pharmaceutical community, health care organizations, and software providers are coming together at the OASIS open standards consortium to define a machine-readable content classification standard for the interoperable exchange of clinical trial data via content management systems. The work of the new OASIS Electronic Trial Master File (eTMF) Standard Technical Committee will promote interoperability across diverse computing platforms and cloud networks within the clinical trials community. Read more

Predixion Software and Carolinas HealthCare System Partner to Improve Care Delivery

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ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwired – Feb 24, 2014) – Predixion Software, a leading developer of collaborative predictive analytics software, announced today the joint development of Predixion Length of Stay (LOS) Insight. This software solution will allow hospitals to develop individualized care plans based on each patient’s risk factors and use this information to optimize the delivery of needed healthcare services. Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the nation, is co-developing this novel platform, leveraging the healthcare system’s expertise in acute care delivery and substantial investments in data and analytics. Read more

AIP Publishing and Publishing Technology Go-Live with Next Generation Scitation

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Feb 05, 2014–AIP Publishing LLC and Publishing Technology have launched the next generation of AIP’s Scitation site, serving hundreds of thousands of scientists around the world.

 

Launched on a new custom platform developed using Publishing Technology’s pub2web hosting solution, AIP Publishing and seven AIP Member Societies are now housing nearly a million articles from 47 journals, as well as conference proceedings, standards and blogs. The site also hosts Physics Today, AIP’s flagship magazine. Read more

Cambridge Semantics Integrates ChemAxon Search and Visualization Capabilities into Anzo Software

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Cambridge, Mass. (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 — Cambridge Semantics, the leading provider of Unified Information Access (UIA) solutions for enterprises, today announced it has partnered with ChemAxon to provide customers with advanced chemical search and visualization capabilities.

 

ChemAxon’s products and services focus on adding functionality and value to chemistry information and provides cheminformatics software platforms, applications and services to optimize the value of chemistry information in life science and other R&D. Based on semantic technology, Cambridge Semantics’ Anzo software addresses a variety of enterprise data management and end-user data consumption challenges in the pharma, financial and life science industries. Read more

IBM Invests in Welltok, a Health Platform Using the Power of Watson

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Dan Primack of Fortune reports, “Last month, IBM committed to invest $100 million in tech startups that are leveraging Watson, the company’s famed cognitive computing platform. [Wednesday], IBM [announced] that the first portfolio company in its ‘Watson Fund’ is Welltok, a Denver-based health optimization platform. IBM is participating in Welltok’s new $22 million Series C funding round, which is being led by venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates. Also investing is Qualcomm Ventures and existing Welltok shareholders Emergence Capital Partners, InterWest Partners, Miramar Venture Partners and Okapi Venture Capital.” Read more

Boopsie Partners with Parity Computing to Provide Library Apps for Corporations in Need of Efficient Mobile Access

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Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) February 12, 2014–Boopsie, Inc., the leading mobile solution for libraries, announces its partnership with Parity Computing Inc., the leader in intelligent automation solutions for the Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) industry, to provide mobile apps and efficient analytics services to libraries. The partnership is focused on providing rich search and recommendation services to academic and corporate libraries.

 

Parity provides powerful data mining, analytics, and decision-support systems for STM publishers and research institutes. Semantic analysis is a core part of Parity’s approach to deriving insights from large, heterogeneous, and often unstructured data sets. Parity’s Semantic Profiling Engine™ – applied to corpora of scientific, engineering and medical literature, business documents, and clinical records – enables applications ranging from automated publication profiles of scientists to journal, article, and grant recommendations. Read more

Stanford Researchers Develop Tool for Semantically Interpreting Medical Images

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Lia Steakley of the Scope Blog recently wrote, “A web-based tool created by researchers at Stanford enables physicians and researchers to better interpret the wealth of data contained in medical images by capturing information in a way that is explicit and computationally accessible. The tool, called electronic Physician Annotation Device (ePAD), was developed by the Rubin Lab at the School of Medicine and is available to download for free. Daniel Rubin, MD, an assistant professor of radiology, and his team initially designed ePAD in response to an unmet need in cancer imaging, but he says the tool can be used more generally quantitatively evaluate images and characterize disease.” Read more

Interest Grows In Riding The Semantic Wave

Image Courtesy: Flickr/ Peter Kaminski

Image Courtesy: Flickr/ Peter Kaminski

Industry leaders in sectors including banking and financial services look to have high hopes for semantic technology. They’re thinking about FIBO (Financial Industry Business Ontology) and leveraging semantic technology for more traditional types of data integration and analytics projects. At Cognizant, Thomas Kelly, a director in its Enterprise Information Management practice – and the author of this white paper on How Semantic Technology Drives Agile Business – sees the positive development that clients in the Fortune 500 space like these “are maturing in their use of semantic technology, from a project focus to more enterprise initiatives.”

The interest in FIBO, he says, is representative of an overall interest across in industries in leveraging industry ontologies as mechanisms to help companies better standardize, align and learn from the output of industry-wide efforts. The attention that industry analysts, including Gartner, have put on the semantic web in the last year – not to mention regulators beginning to consider its use in sharing information on a regulatory basis – have helped increase interest by commercial organizations, Kelly notes. That’s also evident in the life sciences sector, as another example, with the efforts of the FDA/PhUSE  Semantic Technology Working Group Project to include a draft set of existing CDISC standards in RDF.

The pickup in attention to many things semantic ties to the different perspectives that organizations need to manage about their data, which include “how they currently think of their data, how it is currently perceived in managing business operations; and where they are looking to go in the future that makes it more inclusive of what’s going on in the world outside their walls – that is, how the rest of the industry looks at this data and uses it to support their business processes,” he says.

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Leaders in HIT Discuss Their New Year’s Resolutions

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David Carr of Information Week recently wrote, “In 2014, healthcare technology leaders will be wishing, and working, for improvement in the healthcare system and the technologies to support it. I asked 10 CIOs and other health tech leaders for one or two pithy thoughts about what they would like to see in the new year. Here are their responses — some as bullet points and others as longer prose — via email, lightly edited.”

 

John Halamka, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center told Carr, “2014 will be a turning point for healthcare IT as we finish a large number of regulatory mandates — ICD10, Meaningful Use Stage 2, HIPAA Omnibus Rule, and Affordable Care Act requirements. Read more

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