February 4, 2016 was World Cancer Day, and February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Throughout this month, individuals and groups worldwide are writing and sharing about the importance of taking steps to reduce your risk of cancer on an individual level and also the importance of cancer research on a clinical level.
Linguamatics are one of the pioneers in investing in Natural Language Processing (NLP) text mining technology to improve patient outcomes and cancer care, and one of the few companies using NLP at all. We have been working in healthcare for over 10 years, and recently announced a collaboration with Cancer Research UK to improve the characterization of cancer patient data for precision medicine.
NLP is growing rapidly in healthcare not only for research, but also now in widespread use for computer aided coding and computer aided document improvement. Simon Beaulah, our Director of Healthcare Strategy, has published a white paper on 9 ways Natural Language Processing is being used by scientists to improve our (actionable) understanding of cancer. This highlights how, by applying NLP, significant impact can be achieved in improving cancer care by targeting the following areas:
- Identifying potential clinical trials matches
- Advanced information extraction from complex patient documents
- Precise information retrieval for clinical case histories and outcomes studies
- Streamlining cancer registry processes
- Application of predictive models and care coordination rules to unstructured patient narratives
- Semantic enrichment of patient documentation to improve searching
- Analyzing patient narratives for insights into treatment outcomes
- Assessing the impact of genetic aberrations on disease
- Supporting tumor boards
Download the white paper to find out more.