A valuable part of a clinician’s training includes the effective identification and careful documentation of all the elements impacting a patient's well-being. Thorough documentation is essential to ensure accurate and timely clinical care. Although electronic health records (EHRs) hold many great opportunities to capture essential details in electronic form, patients could be at risk if all elements of their medical records are not compiled and analyzed. With 990.8 million reported visits to physician offices in 2015 [1], odds are that precious information could slip off the radar of even the most dutiful clinical staff. 

The importance of Nature AND Nurture in healthcare

For this reason, providers must adopt a successful population management strategy that considers all elements of a patient’s record, including the estimated 70% of the record that exists as unstructured notes. Structured data is excellent for documenting patient information that ensures a hospital runs effectively but not as efficient for capturing imperative clinical concerns during a patient’s 20-minute encounter with a physician. 

Although the concept of nature vs. nurture has been well-documented for centuries, providers are just now realizing the critical importance of social determinants:

  • Does a patient live alone?
  • Do they utilize a walking cane?
  • Are they on a fixed-income? 

Identifying before protecting: Using I2E to help vulnerable populations

Undoubtedly, EHRs contain a wealth of information to identify patients requiring special attention, such as those with:


The 2018 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition takes place next month in Las Vegas, where the Sands Expo Convention Center will be filled with 40,000+ healthcare industry professionals, who have come together from around the world to discuss hot topics in health IT, industry issues and cutting-edge solutions.

For a fourth consecutive year, Linguamatics is proud to be exhibiting at HIMSS, an event that aims to help health IT professionals find innovative solutions to the challenges facing their organizations.

The five-day conference gives attendees the opportunity to educate themselves on ‘what’s new’ and ‘hot topics’ within the industry, and to participate in powerful networking sessions at breakfast networking events and the careers fair.

Linguamatics will showcase their world-leading NLP text mining software, I2E, which has social determinants of health, pathology and other healthcare modules set up to automatically “read” clinical documentation, and rapidly extract relevant elements into discrete values for analysis and effective decision support.


If you have any experience with military and leadership (actual or even observed) you probably have at least heard of the book, Art of War written by a great Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu.  It’s amazing how much wisdom is still valid and can be derived from a piece of 5th century BC literature. There are many knowledgeable quotes for leadership and life from the very famous, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” to the, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” As brilliant as most Sun Tzu’s advice is, when it comes to the battle on cancer, it’s much more complex- how do you win a battle if you ARE the enemy?

Battling with Cancer Cells: Being your Own Worst Enemy

“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.” - cancer has mastered that.


November always brings to mind Thanksgiving and turkey, but for those of us in medical informatics it means it’s time for AMIA’s national symposium and this time it is back in Washington DC. With political upheaval in healthcare and the opioid epidemic making headlines across the nation there will be no shortage of talking points. AMIA brings together some of the best and the brightest minds in medical informatics and a great place to engage with each other to highlight opportunities for IT to improve the lives of Americans with technology.

This will be my fifth time going to AMIA, a relative novice compared to many, but I find the scale of this event much more palatable than the behemoth that is HIMSS, with a more forward-looking vibe. Linguamatics have many events planned for AMIA this year, including a pre-symposium talk, a presentation on physician metrics by MUSC and a Learning Showcase presentation. Check out the details below and stop by and see us at booth #205.

Using Text Mining to Identify Risk of Opioid Medication Abuse

Presented by Erin Tavano, Clinical Data Scientist, Linguamatics

8:30AM – 4:30PM, Saturday November 4, 2017, Georgetown East


Media reports on the opioid abuse crisis in the U.S. increasingly dominate our TV screens and news feeds. But when do we start recognizing these statistics as actual people in need of help—what if we can identify at-risk individuals while they still have options?

Early recognition of opioid misuse is key to identifying people at risk and getting them timely treatment, but those “dancing with the devil” are hard to find in the early stages, and rarely come forward on their own.

In an article for HITECH Answers, Linguamatics’ Dr. Elizabeth Marshall reflects on how the crisis has affected her on a personal level. She looks at how using natural language processing (NLP) to analyze structured and unstructured data from sources such as clinician notes could help identify patterns that reveal possible opioid abuse. Dr. Marshall also suggests further measures that organizations, institutions, and communities might take to combat this growing epidemic.

Read the full article here.