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October 24, 2013

Boston hospital researchers launch start-up for next-generation healthcare solutions

Researchers from Boston Children's Hospital have launched Wired Informatics, a start-up that offers enterprise-grade software solutions and services across the digital healthcare ecosystem.

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Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital have launched Wired Informatics, a start-up that offers enterprise-grade software solutions and services across the digital healthcare ecosystem.

Founded in 2012 as a spin-off of the Boston Children’s Hospital, Wired Informatics provides highly performant, scalable and cost-effective natural language processing (NLP) applications for information extraction and data structuring from electronic health records.

Boston Children’s Hospital informatics programme director Dr Isaac Kohane said that it is exciting to see how basic research in computational linguistics has been applied to electronic health records (EHRs).

"Machine understanding of the narrative texts that we, as clinicians, use to communicate with one another in the EHR is proving to be essential for a much more precise and clinically relevant understanding of our patients."

"This is true both for biomedical research and for clinical care," Dr Kohane added.

Wired Informatics’ flagship product Invenio assists researchers, hospitals and medical record processors by dovetailing fine-grain patient profile data mining with advanced analytics applications that combine biomarker information with clinical data.

Invenio-normalised output is used in automated phenotyping, cohort identification, comparative effectiveness, meaningful use, quality measurements, clinical practice, epidemiology, and many other applications.

"There has been a tremendous increase in demand for relevant enterprise-ready natural language processing solutions specifically tailored for the clinical domain."

Being easily customisable, Invenio helps hospitals, medical researchers, universities, integrated health providers, pharmaceutical companies, and others across the healthcare ecosystem to be fully integrated within a short span of time.

Wired Informatics plans to install the Invenio platform across a variety of healthcare and related enterprise environments by leveraging its extensive intellectual property.

Dr Guergana Savova, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, principal investigator of the Natural Language Processing Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a founding advisory member of Wired Informatics, said: "There has been a tremendous increase in demand for relevant enterprise-ready natural language processing solutions specifically tailored for the clinical domain."

As an enterprise NLP solution, the product allows healthcare providers and researchers to extract and leverage knowledge contained in clinical notes, among other applications.

Boston Children’s Hospital is a 395-bed comprehensive centre for paediatric healthcare located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, Massachusetts. It is also the primary paediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.


Image: Boston Children’s Hospital – main entrance. Photo courtesy of JosephBarillari.

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