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

Cognitum Ontology Editor Amps Up Analytical Computations and Collaborative Knowledge Editing

fluenteditorlogoThe end of the month should see the release of an update to Cognitum’s Fluent Editor 2014 ontology editor, which will bring with it new capabilities to further drive its usage not only in academia but also in industrial segments such as energy, pharmaceuticals and more.

The company is including among its additions the ability to run analytical computations over ontologies with the open source language R and its Controlled Natural Language. What has been lacking when it comes to performing computations over Big Data sets, says CEO Paweł Zarzycki, is some shortcut to easily combine the semantic and numerical worlds. R is great for doing statistical analysis over huge sets of numerical data, he says, but more knowledge opens up when Cognitum’s language is leveraged for analysis in a qualitative way.

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Semantic Web Jobs: Randstad Technologies

randstadRandstad is looking for a Systems Integration Senior Adviser in Minneapolis, MN. According to the post, “Leads simple to medium complexity engagements as the lead consultant. Develops measurement criteria to evaluate programs and projects and develops or reviews estimate on technical aspects of projects. Designs quality control and test procedures to ensure the deliverables meet established design and performance goals. Identifies, analyzes, and evaluates alternative technology design solutions. Keeps up to date with current and future technology and technology/business process trends. Mentors less experienced systems integrators.” 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.

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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 Yorkers: IO Has Launched a Beta Version of Its AI Assistant

ioJosh Ong of The Next Web reports, “IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can sign up here from their mobile devices. Since it uses a natural language processing and conversation engine, IO has reached the point where it needs real-world users in order to train its algorithms. The company is hoping to launch publicly by the end of the year.Currently, IO is focused on providing restaurant recommendations, but the service will eventually extend to other verticals. The app pulls in data from Yelp, The New York Times, The Infatuation, New York Magazine, Eater, Urban Spoon, Foursquare, Time Out and Tripadvisor.” Read more

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:

click here to register now!
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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Semantic Web Jobs: UW Medical Center

UWMedCenterThe University of Washington Medical Center is looking for a Research Scientist/Engineer in Seattle, WA. The post states, “The Department of Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Scientist/Engineer 3. This position is in support of a 4-year, NIH-funded multi-institution research project in biosimulation modeling, knowledge representation (ontologies) and informatics technologies. This position includes some travel responsibilities to the University of Michigan (our co-funded partner). Work as a liaison among mathematical modelers, bioengineers and bio-informaticians. Apply our ontological approach for modular biosimulation modeling. Read more

White House Releases Climate Resilience Toolkit with Text Analysis and Data Visualization

crtwebLyzard reports, “Following a presentation by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the White House has just released the Climate Resilience Toolkit, a new decision support initiative that makes use of the innovative text analysis and knowledge visualization services of webLyzard technology. The Toolkit provides expert knowledge and a suite of analytic components to help citizens and communities manage climate-related risks and opportunities. The webLyzard platform allows users to identify the most relevant online content across all agencies of the U.S. Global Change Research Program as well as regional climate science centers. The development of the Toolkit was led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which has been using webLyzard’s web intelligence technologies for more than six years.” Read more

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