Live at MATTER: Using Natural Language Processing to Address Social Determinants of Health

Feb 28, 11:30 am

About this event

One of the challenges that health systems and innovators face in addressing social determinants of health is the lack of consistent terminology and structured ways of collecting and analyzing relevant data.

MATTER, NorthShore-Edward-Elmhurst Health and IQVIA discuss the use of natural language processing to draw insights from clinical data to improve health outcomes. NorthShore recently implemented a new NLP system which allows them to extract insights from electronic health record data in novel ways. The new system, powered by IQVIA NLP (formerly Linguamatics), gives them the ability to better understand their patients and target meaningful interventions to improve their health and well-being.

About the panelists:

Calum Yacoubian, MD Director of Healthcare Strategy, IQVIA NLP

Calum Yacoubian, MD, is the director of healthcare strategy with IQVIA NLP. He is a medical doctor who trained and practiced in the UK before moving into medical technology. He has worked with natural language processing in clinical data for seven years and is passionate about the potential for data to drive improved patient outcomes.

Calum’s work has focused on the use of automatic deep phenotyping from the EHR to support a variety of use cases, from population health to rare disease diagnosis. He works closely with our users in leading academic medical centers — and other areas such as diagnostic labs — to ensure the IQVIA NLP toolkit remains at the cutting edge of augmented intelligence.

Chad Konchak Assistant Vice President of Data Analytics, NorthShore-Edward-Elmhurst Health

Chad Konchak is the assistant vice president of data analytics at NorthShore-Edward-Elmhurst Health: a HIMSS triple 7, nine-hospital integrated healthcare delivery system in the northern Chicagoland area. In his role, Chad oversees the team responsible for the system’s clinical and operational reporting, analysis and predictive modeling, which focus on leveraging and delivering data that improve the quality of care, patient and physician experience and efficiency of the healthcare system. Chad is also a faculty of the American College of Healthcare Executives where he teaches a course on healthcare analytics for executives.

Dr. Nirav Shah Medical Director of Quality Innovations and Clinical Practice Analytics, NorthShore-Edward-Elmhurst Health

Nirav Shah is the medical director of quality innovation and clinical practice analytics and a program director of outcomes research for quality and transformation at NorthShore-Edward-Elmhurst Health: a HIMSS triple 7, nine-hospital integrated healthcare delivery system in the northern Chicagoland area. In his role, Nirav uses informatics, analytics, digital health, quality improvement and research methodologies to innovate and improve outcomes.

About the moderator:

Dr. Kathleen Bobay, PhD, RN, ACHIP, FAAN Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Kathy Bobay, PhD, RN is a professor and associate dean for faculty in the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health at Loyola University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the impact of nurses on improving patient care. Dr. Bobay’s team has a patent pending on two natural language processing engines that can be used with electronic health records for clinical decision support, operations improvement and clinical research.

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