Semantic Data Lakes and the Advance of Medicine

healthcare technology x300This article charts the long path of Dr. Parsa Mirhaji and his work to bring Semantic Data Lakes and healthcare analytics together: “Mirhaji saw something in the story [from 2001] that spoke to a practical problem he had encountered in searching for and saving information on medical advances, and it set the tone for research and analytics work he continues to do now.”

”I was being challenged to do analytics on heterogeneous data sets from across the Web,” he said. “I started to learn about artificial intelligence and software agents and how they could ‘grab concepts’ from the Web or databases.”

It continues with a much deeper discussion of how Dr. Mirhaji began to integrate his ideas into real-world practice, “Mirhaji said the data lake system is still in training mode, being tested out on some specific analytics tasks. It takes in all sorts of genetic, population, health and wellness data; that includes data from the U.S. Census, clinical trials and patient records – for example, heart rate, temperature and blood pressure measurements collected by patient monitoring devices.”

The system also includes historical data “from people who have been treated in the past,” Mirhaji said, placing his and colleagues’ efforts squarely in the realm of evidence-based medicine that can include information from a hospital’s existing patient records – with some redaction for privacy – to help with diagnoses of current patients. “You build a model and validate it,” he said. “So far, we have retrospectively validated on 60,000 patients.”

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