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News Article | May 16, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - May 16, 2017) - Asthma patients suffer from a large number of symptoms that impact many aspects of their quality of life, according to Asthma In America 2017, a newly released national survey of more than 1,000 individuals diagnosed with the condition. The survey was conducted between February 1 - March 9, 2017, and released through the Health Union online community Asthma.net. It also finds patients deal with a chaotic array of triggers that often make the disease extremely difficult to manage and control. Asthma is a common disorder of the airways, affecting approximately 25.7 million people in the U.S. and 334 million worldwide. There are many different types of asthma, but the common feature is inflamed, swollen airways which become overly sensitive due to immune system overreaction to a range of triggers, which can include allergens, molds, viruses, or chemicals. Asthma In America respondents report the number of asthma symptoms to manage can prove exhausting. Survey participants experiencing symptoms in the past year reported an average of eight. The top six symptoms were: difficulty catching breath; chronic cough; wheezing/noisy breathing; shortness of breath during everyday activities; fatigue/tire easily; and chest tightness, pain or pressure. Twenty-two percent cited difficulty catching breath/shortness of breath as their most annoying and frustrating symptom. "These results clearly show why it's important to know all of the symptoms of asthma, since different flare-ups can feel different," said Asthma.net contributor and certified asthma educator (AE-C) Andrea Jensen. "It's important to know your own body and not be afraid to use your inhaler if needed. Many people feel like they can just 'tough it out.' Figuring out how to handle individual asthma symptoms may be frustrating, but it's essential for proper asthma management." Even more exasperating than the number of symptoms is the number of asthma triggers people with asthma face, respondents reported. Almost all surveyed identified triggers for their asthma, with the average number noted being 12. The top triggers cited were all identified by 50 percent or more: respiratory infection (82 percent); smoke from cigarettes, cigars, or pipes (76 percent); outdoor allergens (grass, pollen, mold -- 73 percent); cleaning products (70 percent); and extreme weather changes (69 percent). Avoiding many of these triggers is extremely difficult, making it even harder to control asthma. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they wished they knew more about how to avoid triggers at diagnosis. "Managing triggers can be overwhelming. The first step is to identify what triggers your asthma, which may be different than what triggers my asthma," said Asthma.net patient contributor Lorene Alba, AE-C. "I was diagnosed with asthma in college, and in the 20-plus years since that diagnosis, no doctor has ever taken the time to explain triggers and the importance of reducing them. It's one of the reasons I changed careers and became an asthma educator, so I could provide much needed education on asthma self-management to those living and struggling with asthma." Dealing with the plethora of symptoms and triggers is difficult. Managing asthma requires more than just medication -- it requires lifestyle changes. Ninety percent of respondents report carrying rescue medications, a lifestyle change they had to adopt once diagnosed. Additional lifestyle changes noted in the survey results include: extra hygiene measures (81 percent), managing allergies (74 percent), avoiding outdoor pollutants (57 percent), and managing indoor air quality (54 percent). Avoiding outdoor air pollutants was reported as the most stressful lifestyle change. "An asthma diagnosis can really force a change in lifestyle. The world often feels like a maze of triggers we have to navigate on a daily basis. Outdoor triggers can be challenging to avoid; such as smog, smoke from fires, pollen, and much more," Alba added. "In addition, people with asthma will often stop participating in physical activity and being less active can have negative effects like weight gain or feeling depressed." In addition to these changes, asthma also impacts other lifestyle elements. Many respondents reported having to cut back on participating in hobbies and activities. Thirty-one percent said their ability to exercise was extremely negatively impacted by asthma. The impacts of asthma are certainly not limited to activities and the physical. Asthma can also have a substantial impact on a person's relationships with others. Eighty percent report asthma negatively affects their social relationships to some extent. In addition, seventy percent said it negatively impacts their relationship with their partner and 62 percent noted it negatively affects their relationship with their child/children. "Sometimes our loved ones don't understand what it feels like not to be able to breathe, or understand that asthma is real, and possibly fatal disease," said Alba. "The sheer number of issues asthma patients have to deal with illustrates the need for a site like Asthma.net," said Tim Armand, President and co-founder of Health Union. "The results of this survey also show a general misunderstanding of asthma that can leave patients feeling isolated. Asthma.net offers the latest news and research information to provide hope to the asthma community, as well as a forum to get the support they need." A summary infographic of the survey results is also available. More details about the survey are available upon request. Health Union inspires people to live better with challenging health conditions -- combining new, original content every day with digital, social and mobile technologies to cultivate active online health communities. Health Union platforms are unique ecosystems dedicated to illuminating the voices and experiences of people with type migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, hepatitis C, and more. Its services and offerings foster open and honest interactions about these health conditions between and among patients, caregivers, professionals, providers and industry partners to help all stakeholders make more informed decisions about healthcare. Asthma.net is Health Union's online community dedicated to people living with asthma, where patients and supporters of people living with this condition can connect, share experiences, and learn about managing the condition.


News Article | May 19, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

"At Centene, we believe that quality healthcare is best delivered locally," said Ed Gallegos, senior vice president of Centene's Business Operations. "Our regional claims centers are a key component to our approach in providing local care that is accessible to members. We look forward to bringing hundreds of jobs to California." "We remain deeply committed to improving the health of the communities we serve," said Steve Sell, president and CEO of Centene's California market. "Growing our team in the Sacramento area supports our mission of providing better health outcomes at lower costs." To view all job opportunities, please visit our website at: http://www.centene.com/careers/ About Centene Corporation Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as "Part D"), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services. Centene uses its investor relations website to publish important information about the Company, including information that may be deemed material to investors. Financial and other information about Centene is routinely posted and is accessible on Centene's investor relations website, http://www.centene.com/investors. About Health Net Through its affiliates, Health Net, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, provides and administers health benefits through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as "Part D"), Medicaid and dual eligible programs. Health Net also offers access to behavioral health, substance abuse and employee assistance programs, and managed health care products related to prescription drugs. For more information on Health Net, please visit the company's website at www.healthnet.com. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/centene-and-health-net-announce-statewide-career-opportunities-in-california-300460955.html


News Article | June 1, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

Patients and Caregivers Can Benefit from New Online Community PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - June 01, 2017) - An accurate diagnosis for Parkinson's disease is often complicated and delayed by an array of symptoms resembling other conditions, according to a new survey from Health Union. The survey involved more than 1,100 individuals currently living with Parkinson's disease and was released through Health Union's newest online community, ParkinsonsDisease.net. It finds patients are frustrated in coping with and treating a complex condition that encompasses many diverse symptoms. As many as one million Americans are living with Parkinson's disease, a chronic disorder of the central nervous system that slowly worsens over time. Nerve cells in the brain die or become damaged, affecting levels of dopamine. It manifests with motor symptoms; such as diminished ability to move, tremors at rest, limb stiffness, and impaired balance. Non-motor symptoms may also be present, including reduced ability to smell, difficulty swallowing, pain, depression, and cognitive problems. Survey respondents reported experiencing a variety of symptoms prior to diagnosis. Tremor or shaking was the most common at 72 percent. Other reported symptoms include: changes in walking or difficulty walking (42 percent), changes in handwriting called micrographia (40 percent), fatigue (37 percent), and reduced ability to smell (31 percent). Many of the symptoms, including tremor, can be present in other conditions, which can lead to misdiagnosis. About one-third of respondents initially received an improper diagnosis, including essential tremor (31 percent), depression/anxiety (27 percent), and benign essential tremor (15 percent). "I was officially diagnosed at age 32, but I had begun to see symptoms at 29," said ParkinsonsDisease.net patient advocate Allison Smith. "I had difficulty getting a Parkinson's diagnosis because I was so young. When something was wrong, I was told I had injured myself or that I had overworked myself in graduate school. This is a frustrating time and you almost feel like you are losing your mind because the doctors can't figure out an accurate diagnosis." On top of the difficulties they present for diagnosis, Parkinson's symptoms can make life extremely challenging; 80 percent of survey respondents saying they felt scared about their future. In addition, respondents had painful spasms or muscle cramps (59 percent), felt depressed (59 percent), had trouble concentrating (58 percent), and had trouble getting around outside their home (46 percent). Parkinson's disease can take a physical and emotional toll on the patient. As well, Parkinson's disease can be overwhelming for caregivers or other family members, and they may not know where to turn for help. ParkinsonsDisease.net caregiver contributor Angela Robb notes that "frustration can happen on many levels. For example, with facial masking, the lack of facial expression due to Parkinson's makes it extremely hard for caregivers, families, and loved ones to communicate effectively. One can literally think a loved one with Parkinson's is angry or sad because they cannot move their facial muscles or not hear them because of low speech volume." "The results of this survey underscore the reasons Health Union launched ParkinsonsDisease.net earlier this year," said Tim Armand, President and co-founder of Health Union. "It is a privilege to provide a place where patients can get information and support for dealing with this life altering condition. In addition to meeting needs for patient support, ParkinsonsDisease.net provides specific resources for caregivers and family members." "It's extremely important for caregivers and other loved ones to acknowledge that they need help," Robb added. Caregivers need to care for themselves. Joining an online community like ParkinsonsDisease.net is a great way to share your experiences and learn from others about coping with the stress of caring for someone living with Parkinson's." An infographic series depicting the survey results is also available. The Parkinson's In America 2017 survey was conducted online between January 19 and March 13, 2017. More details about the survey are available upon request. Health Union inspires people to live better with challenging health conditions - combining new, original content every day with digital, social and mobile technologies to cultivate active online health communities. Health Union platforms are unique ecosystems dedicated to illuminating the voices and experiences of people with type migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, hepatitis C, and more. Its services and offerings foster open and honest interactions about these health conditions between and among patients, caregivers, professionals, providers and industry partners to help all stakeholders make more informed decisions about healthcare. ParkinsonsDisease.net is Health Union's online community dedicated to people living with Parkinson's, where patients and supporters of people living with this condition can connect, share experiences, and learn about managing the condition.


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, (HNFS) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE:CNC), announced today its upcoming career fair at the Colorado Springs Marriott hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado: Wednesday, May 31 from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. 558 Tech Center Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80919 (719) 260-1800 “We are excited to reach out to our local communities as we look for top talent to join our team. We invite all those who are considering a career move to apply to our company where we make a difference in the lives of those who serve our country,” said Billy Maynard, president and CEO, Health Net Federal Services. “We are proud of the work we do and the collaborative, team-oriented environment, highly competitive benefits package and work/life balance we offer our employees.” Health Net Federal Services is hiring for the following positions: Optimization and Integration Management Managers, TRICARE Client Liaison, Case Care Managers I and II, Data Analyst Managers, Contract Negotiators, and Provider Network Managers. Interviews will be performed on-site, both pre-scheduled and available to qualified walk-in candidates. Candidates should bring a copy of their resume, and be prepared and dressed for an interview. Health Net Federal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to an inclusive business environment that embraces and values the differences, creativity and perspectives of all our employees, customers, shareholders, vendors, and community. Our commitment to diversity will result in a company whose business practices are shaped by a wide range of ideas and cultures. Health Net Federal Services promotes a drug-free work environment and requires pre-employment background check. View all open positions and apply online at http://www.centene.com/careers/search-jobs/. Health Net Federal Services has a long history of providing cost-effective, quality managed health care programs for government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. For more than 28 years, HNFS has partnered with the Department of Defense to provide health care services to the men and women who serve, and their family members. Through the TRICARE program, HNFS currently assists approximately 2.9 million beneficiaries in the TRICARE North Region, including active duty, retired, National Guard and Reserve, and family members. Health Net Federal Services was one of the first companies in the U.S. to develop comprehensive managed care programs for military families. In addition, HNFS provides quality behavioral health services for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Visit www.hnfs.com for more information. Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as “Part D”), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.


News Article | June 1, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, (HNFS) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE:CNC), announced today its upcoming career fair at the El Paso Marriott in El Paso, Texas: Monday, June 5 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 1600 Airway Blvd. El Paso, TX 79925 (915) 779-3300 “We are excited to reach out to our local communities as we look for top talent to join our team. We invite all those who are considering a career move to apply to our company where we make a difference in the lives of those who serve our country,” said Billy Maynard, president and CEO, Health Net Federal Services. “We are proud of the work we do and the collaborative, team-oriented environment, highly competitive benefits package and work/life balance we offer our employees.” Health Net Federal Services is hiring for the following positions: Optimization and Integration Management Managers, TRICARE Client Liaison, Case Care Managers I and II, Data Analyst Managers, Contract Negotiators, and Provider Network Managers. Interviews will be performed on-site, both pre-scheduled and available to qualified walk-in candidates. Candidates should bring a copy of their resume, and be prepared and dressed for an interview. Health Net Federal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to an inclusive business environment that embraces and values the differences, creativity and perspectives of all our employees, customers, shareholders, vendors, and community. Our commitment to diversity will result in a company whose business practices are shaped by a wide range of ideas and cultures. Health Net Federal Services promotes a drug-free work environment and requires pre-employment background check. View all open positions and apply online at http://www.centene.com/careers/search-jobs/. Health Net Federal Services has a long history of providing cost-effective, quality managed health care programs for government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. For more than 28 years, HNFS has partnered with the Department of Defense to provide health care services to the men and women who serve, and their family members. Through the TRICARE program, HNFS currently assists approximately 2.9 million beneficiaries in the TRICARE North Region, including active duty, retired, National Guard and Reserve, and family members. Health Net Federal Services was one of the first companies in the U.S. to develop comprehensive managed care programs for military families. In addition, HNFS provides quality behavioral health services for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Visit www.hnfs.com for more information. Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as “Part D”), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.


News Article | June 14, 2017
Site: www.marketwired.com

New Survey Finds Daily Challenges with COPD Take Emotional Toll PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - June 14, 2017) - A new Health Union national survey, COPD In America 2017, of more than 2,000 individuals diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) reveals that patients struggle with a range of issues that go beyond difficulties with breathing. The survey was released through Health Union's online community, COPD.net, and finds patients struggle with the emotional impact of COPD and often find their healthcare providers are not very helpful in addressing these issues. COPD is a group of lung conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, where changes in the airways block the normal flow of air in and out of the lungs. More than 65 million people around the world have moderate to severe COPD, including 15 million U.S. adults. Shortness of breath is the most common symptom and the most difficult symptom to manage, as reported by 84 percent of respondents, yet they also cited many other difficulties and frustrations. Survey respondents report experiencing fatigue and tiring easily (81 percent); being tired or weak when exercising (66 percent); wheezing/noisy breathing (52 percent); and chest tightness, pain or pressure (52 percent). While many people think COPD is just a lung disease, the diminished oxygen resulting from damage to the lungs can affect every part of the body, explained Leon Lebowitz, respiratory therapist and COPD.net contributor. Fatigue, for instance, is exacerbated by the lack of oxygen, making daily functioning more difficult. "It is a difficult balancing act. Breathing is the primary issue -- it is what brings people to the Emergency Department," Lebowitz added. "People often come in and say 'if I can breathe, I can deal with everything else.' For a person to adjust, they have to learn to pace themselves. So if they have a bad day, they take it easy, and when it is a good day, they enjoy life." Another frequently reported yet mysterious symptom is rib cramping. Thirty-nine percent of respondents stated they experienced this symptom in the previous month. Forty-two percent reported they spoke to their doctor about it, but 69 percent of those said they walked away from the visit without a treatment or solution for the problem. The survey reveals the emotional impact of COPD can often take a back seat to the physical challenges, but it is often more overwhelming than perceived. For example, 51 percent of respondents reported problems with anxiety or panic disorders, and only 40 percent indicated their doctor was effective in helping them manage it. "Depression is a real symptom of COPD," said COPD.net patient contributor Michelle Vincent. "Finding support groups was a huge boost. I like being able to talk to and get to know people who are going through the same things I am. It makes me feel like I'm not alone. I like being able to give back to the community too." Most respondents said they did not feel confident they could keep the emotional distress caused by COPD from interfering with their lives. In spite of this challenge, only 19 percent say they are currently involved in a COPD support group. "The results of this survey clearly illustrate why COPD.net has been so successful in providing support to people living with COPD," said Tim Armand, president and co-founder of Health Union. "The world of the COPD patient can seem a lonely, confusing, and isolating place, but here they can find a community that understands, is willing to listen, and provides information they can use in their daily lives." A summary infographic of the survey results is also available. The COPD In America 2017 survey was conducted online between February 28 and March 28, 2017. More details about the survey are available upon request. Health Union inspires people to live better with challenging health conditions -- combining new, original content every day with digital, social and mobile technologies to cultivate active online health communities. Health Union platforms are unique ecosystems dedicated to illuminating the voices and experiences of people with type migraine, rheumatoid arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and more. Its services and offerings foster open and honest interactions about these health conditions between and among patients, caregivers, professionals, providers and industry partners to help all stakeholders make more informed decisions about healthcare. COPD.net is Health Union's online community dedicated to people living with COPD, where patients and supporters of people living with this condition can connect, share experiences, and learn about managing the condition.


RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Health Net Federal Services, LLC, (HNFS) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation (NYSE:CNC), announced today its upcoming career fair at the Waikiki Beach Marriott hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii: Tuesday, June 13 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 2552 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 922-6611 “We are excited to reach out to our local communities as we look for top talent to join our team. We invite all those who are considering a career move to apply to our company where we make a difference in the lives of those who serve our country,” said Billy Maynard, president and CEO, Health Net Federal Services. “We are proud of the work we do and the collaborative, team-oriented environment, highly competitive benefits package and work/life balance we offer our employees.” Health Net Federal Services is hiring for the following positions: Optimization and Integration Management Managers, TRICARE Client Liaison, Case Care Managers I and II, Data Analyst Managers, Contract Negotiators, and Provider Network Managers. Interviews will be performed on-site, both pre-scheduled and available to qualified walk-in candidates. Candidates should bring a copy of their resume, and be prepared and dressed for an interview. Health Net Federal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to an inclusive business environment that embraces and values the differences, creativity and perspectives of all our employees, customers, shareholders, vendors, and community. Our commitment to diversity will result in a company whose business practices are shaped by a wide range of ideas and cultures. Health Net Federal Services promotes a drug-free work environment and requires pre-employment background check. View all open positions and apply online at http://www.centene.com/careers/search-jobs/. Health Net Federal Services has a long history of providing cost-effective, quality managed health care programs for government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. For more than 28 years, HNFS has partnered with the Department of Defense to provide health care services to the men and women who serve, and their family members. Through the TRICARE program, HNFS currently assists approximately 2.9 million beneficiaries in the TRICARE North Region, including active duty, retired, National Guard and Reserve, and family members. Health Net Federal Services was one of the first companies in the U.S. to develop comprehensive managed care programs for military families. In addition, HNFS provides quality behavioral health services for active duty service members, veterans and their families. Visit www.hnfs.com for more information. Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs, Medicare (including the Medicare prescription drug benefit commonly known as “Part D”), as well as programs with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Centene operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.4.3 | Award Amount: 10.56M | Year: 2010

In KHRESMOI, we will build a multi-lingual multi-modal search and access system for biomedical information and documents. This will be achieved by:- Effective automated information extraction from biomedical documents, including improvement using crowd sourcing and active learning, and automated estimation of the level of trust and target user expertise- Automated analysis and indexing for medical images in 2D (X-Rays), 3D (MRI, CT), and 4D (fMRI)- Linking information extracted from unstructured or semi-structured biomedical texts and images to structured information in knowledge bases- Support of cross-language search, including multi-lingual queries, and returning machine-translated pertinent excerpts- Adaptive user interfaces to assist in formulating queries and display search results via ergonomic and interactive visualizationsThe research will flow into several open source components, which will be integrated into an innovative open architecture for robust and scalable biomedical information search.The system will be evaluated in use cases by three well-defined user groups:1. Members of the general public want access to reliable and understandable medical information in their own language2. Clinicians and general practitioners need accurate answers rapidly a search on PubMed requires on average 30 minutes, while clinicians typically have 5 minutes available. Furthermore, over 40% of searches fail to provide relevant information3. Radiologists are drowning in images at larger hospitals over 100GB (over 100000 images) are produced per dayRepresentative groups of end users are available for sizable evaluations, accessed through a medical search engine with 11000 queries per day, a professional association of 2700 medical doctors, and two radiology departments with 175 radiologists.KHRESMOI is directed at Objective ICT-2009.4.3: Intelligent Information Management. It will focus on target outcome (a) capturing tractable information.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-15-2014 | Award Amount: 3.89M | Year: 2015

The overall objective of the KConnect project is to create a medical text Data-Value Chain with a critical mass of participating companies using cutting-edge commercial cloud-based services for multilingual Semantic Annotation, Semantic Search and Machine Translation of Electronic Health Records and medical publications. The commercial cloud-based services will be the result of productisation of the multilingual medical text processing tools developed in the Khresmoi FP7 project, allowing wide adoption of these tools by industry. The critical mass will be created by the KConnect Professional Services Community, which will consist of at least 30 companies by the end of the project. These companies will be trained to build solutions based on the KConnect Services, hence serving as multipliers for commercial exploitation of the KConnect services. The KConnect project will facilitate the straightforward adaptation of the commercialised services to new languages by providing toolkits enabling the adaptation to be done by by people having a software engineering skillset, as opposed to the rarer language engineering skillset. The KConnect services will also be adapted to handle text in Electronic Health Records, which is particularly challenging due to misspellings, neologisms, organisation-specific acronyms, and heavy use of negation and hedging. The consortium is driven by a core group of four innovative SMEs following complementary business perspectives related to medical text analysis and search. These companies will build solutions for their customers based on KConnect technology. Two partners from the medical domain will use KConnect services to solve their medical record analysis challenges. Two highly-used medical search portal providers will implement the KConnect services to innovate the services offered by their search portals. Through these search portals, the KConnect technologies will be used by over 1 million European citizens before the end of the project


Fine M.,Net Health
American Journal of Managed Care | Year: 2013

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used among patients experiencing many different types of pain, including inflammatory, acute pain (eg, injury, low back pain, headache, postoperative pain), and chronic pain (eg, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis). However, both traditional NSAIDs and second-generation NSAIDs (cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors) can lead to very expensive and serious adverse events. Gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal complications associated with NSAIDs have been shown to be dosedependent. In 2005, to help minimize these risks, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory stating that "NSAIDs should be administered at the lowest effective dose for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals." This article reviews the undue clinical and economic burden associated with NSAID-related serious adverse events.

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