Nuance has announced it is now working with IBM to develop Clinical Language Understanding (CLU) technologies. Teams of leading natural language processing (NLP) researchers from IBM and Nuance will work to integrate the companies’ technologies.
Through their collaboration Nuance and IBM will advance the use of natural language processing technologies in electronic health record (EHR) workflows. Nuance and IBM are working to develop systems which will extract and convert clinical data from dictated narratives into actionable information. This will help drive more cost-effective and efficient patient care and will also help organizations to comply with the quality reporting and pay-for-performance requirements.
“The broad digitization of health data and patients’ medical records will generate an enormous amount of clinical information, creating a tremendous opportunity for the healthcare industry to gain valuable insight into what has and has not worked successfully from a patient care and operational perspective,” said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director of IBM Research. “With Nuance, we’ll work to ensure healthcare organizations can gain access to, and classify health data to improve patient outcomes and to help lower the cost of healthcare.”
With CLU technologies, clinicians will be able to document into the EHR using speech recognition, and the system will identify, process, and extract important data from the narrative text, including social history, problems, medications, procedures, and allergies. “Nuance and IBM are taking on a critical project that will bring tremendous value to patient care. Clinical language understanding presents a real opportunity to bridge the gap between physicians’ documentation preferences and the need for structured, measurable clinical data,” said Reid F. Conant, MD, FACEP, emergency physician, chief medical informatics officer, Tri-City Emergency Medical Group. “Protecting and encouraging clinician dictation is important to ongoing, high-quality patient care. Without the inclusion of such detailed physician notes, there is validated concern amongst caregivers that patients’ medical records will be reduced to cookie-cutter documents that do not differentiate from one patient to the next.”
For more information about Nuance’s CLU solutions, please visit http://www.nuance.com/for-healthcare/resources/nlp.
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