Increasingly, the leaders of patient care organizations are using natural language processing (NLP) technologies to leverage unstructured data, in order to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. Healthcare IT and clinician leaders are still relatively early in the long journey towards full and robust success in this area; but they are moving forward in healthcare organizations nationwide.
One area in which learnings are accelerating is in medical research—both basic and applied. At Drexel University in Philadelphia, Walter Niemczura, director of application development, has been helping to lead an initiative that is supporting research and patient care efforts, at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Niemczura and his colleagues have been partnering with the Cambridge, England-based Linguamatics, in order to engage in text mining that can support improved research and patient care delivery.