Long Live the Narrative Note

Computers that understood the spoken word was a popular theme in science fiction books, movies and TV shows when I was growing up. Consider, for example, HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that,”) or the computer on board the Star Ship Enterprise from the Star Trek series (“Computer, Tea, Earl Grey, Hot.”) Ever since my youthful fling with science fiction, I have long been intrigued by the possibilities of computer software that understands the meaning of what a person says. Imagine, I have often mused, if we could apply this technology to the narrative notes that are viewed by many people to be an anachronism impeding efforts to share and analyze patient health information.

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2 responses to “Long Live the Narrative Note

  1. Mike – great piece on possibilites surrounding NLP in healthcare. At Nuance, we call this CLU or Clinical Language Understanding. We wanted to share two more recent articles that build off your blog (see links below) – one that depicts how an organization, UPMC, is leveraging CLU to harness big data and a second that focuses on the future possibilies surrounding tapping into big data in healthcare through CLU. Look forward to chatting with you more on the topic, thanks.

    10 Ways Big Data Changes Everything – http://gigaom.com/2012/03/11/10-ways-big-data-is-changing-everything/11/

    6 Keys to the Future of Analytics and Big Data in Healthcare – http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/6-keys-future-analytics-and-big-data-healthcare?page=0,0

  2. Also, Mike, thought you’d get a kick out of the name of our YouTube channel per the title of your blog – “SavetheDrNote” -http://www.youtube.com/user/SavetheDrNote !

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