AMP helps you get to insights faster from unstructured text

Finding Critical Clinical Insights faster with Real-time Natural Language Processing (NLP)

December 6 2016

I needed this yesterday. 

None of us appreciate it when our clinician’s head is buried in a computer, when what we really want is to be heard and taken care of. But, when so much has to be done within a very short timeframe, what if we as a provider miss an important clinical clue? There has got to be a better way…

Rapid and efficient diagnoses are why tools such as the first automatic blood pressure monitor were invented.  Of course, the days of Seymour B. London’s 1965 design - a prototype using a blood pressure cuff, a column of mercury, a microphone and a fish tank pump - are long gone. Now all vital signs can be checked within a few minutes, including blood pressure, electric heart signals, blood oxygen, and temperature - far more quickly and accurately than a rushed human with an armful of heavy equipment in a noisy clinical setting.

At Linguamatics our goal is to provide healthcare professionals with software that helps them do their jobs better. Giving physicians time back to be more personally attentive during the patient visit, is a high priority. Patients want to be heard. Just have a look at how many bad physician reviews follow the theme of a negative bedside manner - even if the physician achieves the right clinical outcome.

In the spirit of decreasing human error, increasing patient-physician face-time (and of course, the alternative use of a fish tank pump), we at Linguamatics are delighted to introduce our I2E Asynchronous Messaging Pipeline (aka AMP).

By processing and automating text mining of real-time documents at scale, AMP can provide healthcare professionals with rapid insights, helping them make timely - and potentially very critical - clinical decisions

But what does AMP really mean for healthcare (you politely ask)?

AMP can handle background healthcare workflows efficiently, and scale as NLP text mining requirements grow - meeting the needs of a small office, a department, or a large healthcare organization. 

Take, for example, a situation that is both costly and dire - a missed lung nodule:

The emergency department physician is on hour 22 of her shift - not an unusual situation. She is vigilantly working to address the direct concern of an accident victim’s cracked ribs and a possible traumatic pneumothorax. An error was made in haste - the dedicated physician overlooks the pulmonary nodule that was mentioned as part of the chest-x-ray report. Several months later, this overlooked pulmonary nodule is now a major concern. The nodule has evolved from a Stage 2 Adenocarcinoma to Stage 3B. Operable stage 2 Adenocarcinoma was evident in the chest X-ray report months ago - but now surgery is no longer an option.

Here is the same urgent clinical situation, this time with AMP in the picture:

The physician on hour 22 still initially misses the critical, clinical clue. AMP however, rapidly detects the nodule and brings it to the attention of the clinical care coordinator via an immediate report sent to her inbox from the AMP workflow. Now she and the patients healthcare team can address the Adenocarcinoma before the patient even leaves the hospital.

Bottom line: improve your Clinical Risk Monitoring by rapidly mining unstructured Electronic Health Record (EHR) data

Error in an age where long clinical hours and skeleton crews are the norm will remain a challenge. The possible consequences remain dire, but new technology like AMP can help.

With AMP your organization can add fault tolerant, real time, scalable document processing and reporting to your workflows. AMP is also designed to deal with your big data or data lakes - even if your data lake resembles more of a ‘data swamp’!

Contact us for more information.