Discovering new uses for NLP text analytics at the Linguamatics Text Mining Summit

October 23 2014

This year, Linguamatics returned to the beautiful town of Newport, Rhode Island, for our annual Text Mining Summit on October 13-15.

We were delighted to return to this exquisite setting, where again delegates competed over who could take the most beautiful sunrise and sunset photos.
 

Sunrise outside the Hyatt Regency, Newport, RI, Linguamatics Text Mining Summit 2014

Sunset captured at the Linguamatics Text Mining Summit 2014

The Text Mining Summit offers unique opportunities to learn about the latest use cases of Natural Language Processing (NLP) text analytics across pharma and healthcare, plus hands-on training, networking and idea sharing.

We hosted a fantastic line up of presenters from Novartis, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Georgetown University Medical Center, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, Cell Signalling Technology, Thomson Reuters, GenoSpace and Microsoft.

Mark Burfoot, Global Head, Knowledge Office for Novartis kicked off the proceedings on Tuesday with a keynote talk looking at the future of text mining and knowledge strategy within an evolving pharma landscape.

Several presenters shared their use cases and experiences employing I2E. Jonathan Hartmann, Hospital Informationist, Georgetown University Medical Center, gave us an update on the use of I2E for on-the-spot clinical decision support; he said of his experience with text mining: “I2E allows me to find things I wouldn’t have been able to find.”

Ryan Owens, Systems Analyst, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare, described the use of I2E to structure essential information from electronic medical records; he said what his organization was accomplishing would be impossible without the help of I2E: “You have to use NLP. There is no other way.”

 

Other presentations included Jonathan Keeling, Senior Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim, who described how researchers are linking genomics (and other ‘omics) data in TranSMART to gene annotation information extracted using I2E; and Mick Correll, Chief Operating Officer, GenoSpace, who discussed how I2E has dramatically improved the clinical trial matching process, finding trials for critically ill patients faster than otherwise possible.

 

User presentations received a warm welcome from delegates, who enabled very lively Q&A sessions on the different applications of NLP in improving the speed and quality of insight extraction.

Delegates were also inspired by Linguamatics speakers’ presentations, which shed light on the power of I2E in more industry-specific contexts. In particular, John Brimacombe (Linguamatics Executive Chairman) laid out the roadmap to “Connecting Knowledge” through federated text mining over any content source, which will enable users to text mine multiple public and private knowledge sources in a single query.

A prime example of the potential of federated text mining was given by Andrew Garrow, Text Analytics Manager at Thomson Reuters. He previewed the Cortellis Informatics Clinical Text Analytics for I2E – exciting new capabilities to gain insights in support of clinical design from Cortellis clinical and epidemiology content sets.

 

The evening social events gave delegates a welcome opportunity to network and continue their discussions over the risotto bar at the Hyatt and fresh New England oysters, drinks, and a stunning waterfront view at the Landing restaurant.

The Text Mining Summit was once again a very successful event which brought together Linguamatics, our partners and our users across the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotech industries to share dialogue on the past, present and future of text mining and data analytics. Many thanks to everyone who attended and contributed.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the TMS next year and also at our Spring Users Conference in Cambridge, UK (April 13-15, 2015).