Detecting Pneumonia in ICU Patients with Natural Language Processing

76765412_618a458105Greg Goth of Health Data Management reports, "Researchers at the University of Washington and Microsoft have developed technology that uses natural language processing and machine learning to speed up the diagnosis of pneumonia in ICU patients. Bioinformatics professor Meliha Yetisgen and her colleagues at the university teamed up with Microsoft researcher Lucy Vanderwende on the project, called deCIPHER, using the Microsoft Research Statistical Parsing and Linguistic Analysis Toolkit (Splat)."

Goth goes on, "Yetisgen says the researchers studied the diagnosis of pneumonia in approximately 100 patients being treated in the ICU at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center. By using the electronic medical records of these patients, whose pneumonia diagnoses had already been established by clinical consensus, they employed NLP tools from Microsoft to identify the critical clinical information. They then ran that data through a machine-learning framework to see if the software could be trained to correctly diagnose the pneumonia cases based solely on an automated review of the digital medical records."

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