Industry Verticals

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

How Chicago’s Former CDO Made the City Smarter

4064715098_40e1e10410Nicole Laskowski of SearchCIO recently wrote, “When Brett Goldstein was appointed as Chicago’s first chief data officer (CDO) in May 2011, he found himself in the middle of a classic IT struggle. The city’s data was spread across the municipality and mired in silos, making it difficult to get a holistic view… That needed to change — in a hurry. The city was set to host the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit in May 2012. The event would bring in heads of state — and throngs of protesters — to Chicago. Goldstein wanted to provide public safety officials with better ‘situational awareness,’ or the ability to understand what was happening in any given place at any given time. To do so, Goldstein, who became Chicago’s CDO/CIO in 2012, needed to break data out of silos in a cost-effective manner that didn’t require overhauling the city’s infrastructure.” 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.

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Slides:

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

 

Follow this webinar series:

http://semanticweb.com/tag/yosemite-project

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USDA, Agricultural Research Service & National Agricultural Library Select Symplectic as Their Research Information Management Provider

symplecticNovember 10, 2014 — The Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the USDA’s chief in-house scientific research agency, and the National Agricultural Library, one of four national US libraries, have selected Symplectic Elements as their first integrated research information management system. The system will allow the agency to better disseminate and report on the research conducted by the 2,000+ researchers across the agency.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service employs over 6,000 people and has a fiscal budget of over $1 billion, while the National Agricultural Library houses one of the world’s largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences. Elements will allow the organization to automate a large part of their research information collection, build in-depth reports for analysis and in time be used to help populate the public-facing USDA VIVO research networking and discovery portal. Read more

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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