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Why you should care about the IBM/Mayo partnership forming an open source Health IT consortium called Open Health Natural Language Processing...
Watch an elementary demo here (from Mayo - thanks to @LeeAse for source URL): http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/190048/MayoIBM/mayo_clinic_v4.swf
1. Have to start with the geekery....They posted it on SourceForge. SourceForge!!! For HEALTH IT! I cannot contain myself.
*For non-coders (self included) this means anyone can grab and work with the code and post suggested changes. ANYONE. SourceForge accounts are free. My username = jenmccabegorman.
2. Mayo and IBM each contributed a pipeline based on Apache's UIMA framework, which is downloadable from Apache.
3. This is the 'crowdsourcing clinical cases' we've been tweeting about for the last little while. The OHNLP platform pipelines will help providers and researchers index and search electronic medical records so "physicians are not reliant solely on their own clinical experience in analyzing a problem." Forget the walled garden analogy - medicine has been practiced in a vacuum. Imagine having millions of cases scrubbed for similar data and results returned within seconds (maybe milliseconds). That's what we're talking about here.
4. NLP (natural language processing) systems in health are responsible for the throughput of data generated when providers enter text (lab values, CPT codes, SOAP notes, family history data) about caring for patients. A larger repository of terms = faster search for relevant cases that may have bearing on how docs are for you. Think Google for medical record search (eventually...we're a loooong way off).
5. The project has 4 dedicated admins. If I ever meet these developers the drinks are on me. This could go all Linus Torvalds on us, quick fast and in a hurry.
Complete deets for developers:
Project Admins : isominsky, james_masanz, jpzheng, tanenblatt
Developers : 4
Development Status : 3 - Alpha, 5 - Production/Stable
Intended Audience : Science/Research
License : Apache License V2.0
Programming Language : Java
Topic : Bio-Informatics, Medical Science Apps.
Project UNIX name : ohnlp
Registered : 2009-03-06 19:31
Activity Percentile (last week) : 99.18
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Relevant deets for non-developers:
"Mayo Clinic and IBM released their clinical NLP technologies into the public domain. The site http://www.ohnlp.org will allow the approximately 2,000 researchers and developers working on clinical language systems worldwide to contribute code and further develop the systems."