It seems like there’s not much you can’t do, if you are as ingenious as our customers! Want to understand your patients better? Use NLP. Want to visualise the world of chemical safety? Use NLP. Want to look at real world data for adverse events? Use NLP!
These were some of the topics presented by healthcare and life science customers, at our Spring Text Mining Conference in Cambridge UK (#LMSpring17). Attendees from the pharmaceutical industry, biotech, healthcare, academia, and partner vendor companies came together for hands-on workshops, round table discussions, and of course, excellent presentations and talks.
Huntsman Cancer Institute: Speeding Patient Care Alerts
Samir Courdy, Chief Research Information Officer and Director of Research Informatics at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, kicked off the day with a talk on “Navigating the Quagmire of Clinical Data in Free Text Reports”. The team at Huntsman are using NLP to structure and capture data that is currently only available in free text into their Clinical Cancer Research (CCR) database. This framework reduces the cost and work load for manual curation, and enables more effective identification of disease group patients. Queries developed at HCI have been shared with City of Hope cancer treatment and research center. Samir highlighted the importance and advantages of such community sharing of NLP resources for healthcare practitioners and for patients.