Health Care / Life Sciences

Semantically Aligned Design Principles At Core of Australian Electronic Health Records Platform

site-header-10th-blog-304x200At the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference in San Jose, Dr. Terry Roach, principal of  CAPSICUM Business Architects, and Dr. Dean Allemang, principal consultant at Working Ontologist, will host a session on A Semantic Model for an Electronic Health Record (EHR). It will focus on Australia’s electronic-Health-As-A-Service  (eHaas) national platform for personal electronic health records, provided by the CAPSICUM semantic framework for strategically aligned business architectures.

Roach and Allemang participated in an email interview with The Semantic Web Blog to preview the topic:

The Semantic Web Blog: Can you put the work you are doing on the semantic EHR model in context: How does what Australia is doing with its semantic framework compare with how other countries are approaching EHRs and healthcare information exchange?

Roach and Allemang: The eHaaS project that we have been working on has been an initiative of Telstra, a large, traditional telecommunications provider in Australia. Its Telstra Health division, which is focused on health-related software investments, for the past two years has embarked on a set of strategic investments in the electronic health space. Since early 2013 it has acquired and/or established strategic partnerships with a number of local and international healthcare software providers ranging from hospital information systems [to] mobile health applications [to] remote patient monitoring systems to personal health records [to] integration platforms and health analytics suites.

At the core of these investments is a strategy to develop a platform that captures and maintains diverse health-related interactions in a consolidated lifetime health record for individuals. The eHaaS platform facilitates interoperability and integration of several health service components over a common secure authentication service, data model, infrastructure, and platform. Starting from a base of stand-alone, vertical applications that manage fragmented information across the health spectrum, the eHaaS platform will establish an integrated, continuously improving, shared healthcare data platform that will aggregate information from a number of vertical applications, as well as an external gateway for standards-based eHealth messages, to present a unified picture of an individual’s health care profile and history.

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Healthcare IT Needs Better Search Tools (Enter Semantic Search!)

6322734819_a6c9748c49Megan Williams of Business Solutions recently wrote, “It’s a simple fact of the current state of healthcare that most providers are not using the data they gather via EHRs as best they could. The case of missed technological opportunities is nothing new to healthcare, but in the case of search engines, not employing them to mine existing information could be costing your clients, and their patients, unnecessary tests, wasted time, and missed information that would have been helpful in achieving desired patient outcomes.”

Williams goes on, “A study published by the Journal Of The American College Of Radiology titled “Optimizing Emergency Department Imaging Utilization Through Advanced Health Record Technology” addresses the application of search functions to clinical environments, specifically the emergency department (ED). This department presents special challenges because of the nature of the work involving evaluating complex patients while under time pressure. These challenges are made worse by the incomplete medical history that typically comes with patients who enter the department.”

She adds, “The study covers QPID, which is a programmable health record intelligence system that adds semantic search and knowledge management layers to an EHR system. QPID works as an extension of its data repository, facilitating extraction from it. While most EHR systems do include databases that handle rudimentary data retrieval, QPID allows users to pull data by topic-related ‘packages’ of data and concepts in saved, operable queries that can be used on both structured and unstructured data sources.”

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Health Language Selected by Holy Name Medical Center to Improve Problem and Diagnosis Search

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July 7, 2014 – Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) has selected Health Language® to improve problem and diagnosis searches within its electronic health record (EHR). HNMC will use the Health Language Workflow-Enhancing Search solution to support encoding its problem lists in SNOMED-CT® for Stage 2 Meaningful Use and the transition to ICD-10. Read more

IBM Watson Group CTO Discusses Cognitive Computing, Content Curation For Healthcare Market

robhighThe role that cognitive computing can play in healthcare was explored last week in this story published at The Semantic Web Blog’s sister site Dataversity.net. That article looked at how Modernizing Medicine is leveraging IBM Watson for its new schEMA tablet app that helps doctors use the wealth of published medical research from highly reputable sources, such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and New England Journal of Medicine, to answer their questions.

Today, we’re complementing that article to further explore such aspects of the health care and cognitive computing connection based on an email conversation with IBM Watson Group CTO Robert High. “IBM Watson is transforming the patient experience and healthcare delivery system by helping physicians make sense of the enormous amount of data generated by an increasingly connected healthcare environment,” High writes.

“Content curation is a critical part of the solution delivery process. Without reputable and reliable sources of medical literature, therapy choices offered by Watson may not have the supporting evidence needed to inform clinicians in the use of those treatments. We work with the top clinicians at our partners to collect their feedback on supporting evidence and cull inappropriate information from their sources.” IBM, along with its solutions partners, works with a variety of content providers based on the relevance of their materials to treatment options, he adds.

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Detecting Pneumonia in ICU Patients with Natural Language Processing

76765412_618a458105Greg Goth of Health Data Management reports, “Researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft have developed technology that uses natural language processing and machine learning to speed up the diagnosis of pneumonia in ICU patients. Bioinformatics professor Meliha Yetisgen and her colleagues at the university teamed up with Microsoft researcher Lucy Vanderwende on the project, called deCIPHER, using the Microsoft Research Statistical Parsing and Linguistic Analysis Toolkit (Splat).” Read more

Klappo Hopes to Improve Health with Its Semantic Platform for Ingredients

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Jasper Hamill of Forbes recently wrote, “Perhaps the diet sector may soon be looking very emaciated indeed, due to the tasty-looking emerging market in health, wellness and nutrition apps… One of the companies hoping to join in this feeding frenzy is Klappo, a London-based startup which describes itself as a ‘semantic platform for ingredients’. I went to visit this fledgling firm at its Shoreditch headquarters to get a sense of what sort of dish it intends to serve this growing industry. ‘Food is our focus,’ explains the firm’s Italian founder and CEO Massimiliano Del Vita. ‘We want to feed proper data to all the companies who want to innovate and give them access to a huge knowledge base about recipes, products and foods so they can build the best apps possible’.” Read more

Intermountain Healthcare and Syapse Collaborate to Improve Access to Clinical Genomics for Community Oncologists

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ST. GEORGE, Utah & PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Intermountain Healthcare (an internationally recognized not-for-profit system of 22 hospitals, a medical group with over 185 physician clinics, and an affiliated health insurance company) and Syapse (the leading provider of software for bringing omics data into routine medical use) announced today a collaboration to bring genomics-driven precision cancer care to oncologists within the Intermountain system and also worldwide. This new clinical service, Intermountain Cancer Genomics, will provide cost-effective, genomics-driven, personalized treatment planning through easy-to-use software. Read more

IBM Watson is Going to the Dermatologist

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Neal Ungerleider of Fast Company reports, “Big Blue wants you to get to know Watson better. And now that means you could soon encounter the super-computer in a most intimate place–your dermatologist’s office. Early last year IBM announced plans to invest $1 billion into its cognitive-computing platform Watson. That money included $100 million in venture capital for companies developing new ways to use Watson. Today IBM reveals that one of the companies they are investing in will bring artificial intelligence into dermatologists’ offices. Modernizing Medicine, a Florida-based firm which produces iPad software for electronic medical record-keeping, is partnering with IBM to integrate Watson into their software package for dermatologists.” Read more

UPMC Doctor Pushing the Possibilities of NLP in Health Care

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Rajiv Leventhal of Healthcare Informatics reports, “The goal of clinical decision support (CDS) is to aid decision making of healthcare providers by providing easily accessible health-related information at the point and time it is needed. As such, natural language processing (NLP) technology is instrumental in using free-text information to drive CDS. In 2011, the Burlington, Mass.-based voice recognition technology company Nuance and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) signed a 10-year joint development agreement to create speech and clinical language understanding -enabled technologies.” Read more

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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