Posts from October 2015

This year, the annual Linguamatics Text Mining Summit, which took place Oct 12-14 in Newport, RI, introduced the first-ever I2E Healthcare Hackathon. With a rapidly expanding healthcare user base and continued interest from our pharmaceutical clients in real world data, we realized the value of running a session specifically targeting mining electronic health records. Our aim was to have an in-depth exercise that closely reflected the types of data and issues that our customers and our own team encounter. Linguamatics has been involved in a wide variety of complex and valuable customer projects, allowing us to develop best practice querying strategies and data processing techniques. The Hackathon was a great opportunity for us to share these best practices with the greater Linguamatics and text mining community. The session was set up as a competition in a similar style to the i2b2 NLP challenges, with teams being formed from the 23 attendees from a mixture of experienced and new users from pharma and healthcare groups.