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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.


News Article | November 14, 2016
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ST. LOUIS, Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Health Net Federal Services, LLC (HNFS) was notified by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that the protests challenging the Department of Defense's (DoD)...


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


News Article | March 1, 2017
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"Lung Cancer in America" Participants Say Relationships Matter for Lung Cancer Care PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - March 01, 2017) - Lung Cancer In America 2017, a newly released national survey by Health Union conducted with more than 800 individuals diagnosed with lung cancer, reveals high levels of stress and anxiety, even among those declared as having no evidence of disease (NED). The survey finds patients are satisfied with their health care professionals (HCPs), and see them as thorough and understanding. The survey was released in conjunction with the launch of a new Health Union online community, LungCancer.net. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. More people die each year from lung cancer than colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2016, 224,390 were diagnosed with lung cancer, with about 158,080 deaths. Statistics reveal some good news, however, with new cases of lung cancer falling on average 1.8 percent each year over the last 10 years. Death rates are also declining and survival rates increasing. Death rates fell on average 2.2 percent each year between 2004 and 2013. Both symptoms and treatment can exhaust people experiencing lung cancer, according to Lung Cancer in America respondents. The most common reported symptoms were fatigue (80 percent), shortness of breath (67 percent), trouble breathing (47 percent), cough (45 percent), and pain or discomfort (43 percent). Of the symptoms experienced, those rated as the most severe were unexplained weight loss (37 percent), recurring infections (34 percent), pain or discomfort (32 percent), and fatigue (31 percent). The survey also found dealing with cancer and the accompanying treatment requires multiple sources of support. Family, friends, and health care professionals have a large impact on a patients' quality of life. Sixty-three percent of survey participants report having a caregiver actively involved in their lung cancer management. Caregivers provide emotional support (87 percent), transportation to and from appointments (74 percent), and help with daily life tasks (52 percent). On top of logistics, patients need help dealing with the high levels of stress and anxiety. Sixty-four percent say talking with family or friends is one of the most common coping strategies. The support of the health care team cannot be overstated, according to respondents. Top areas of satisfaction with HCPs center on communications and support. The aspects of care where HCPs frequently meet patient needs are: including family and friends in discussions (80 percent), explaining what will happen during testing (79 percent), providing easy-to-understand test results (77 percent), and listening to fears and concerns about having lung cancer (74 percent). Even with this high level of satisfaction with HCPs (86 percent), there appears to be a gap in information. The cost of cancer care is a common concern cited in other studies, but patients are generally unaware of resources available to help. Sixty-two percent of respondents spent more than $1,000 out-of-pocket on lung cancer-related treatments and therapies. Only 29 percent of respondents have used any kind of patient resource, with the primary reason cited as "I was unaware." "The fact that these resources are available, but individuals are unaware they exist illustrates the need for a site like LungCancer.net," said Tim Armand, President and co-founder of Health Union. "It is a place where people with lung cancer can come together to exchange information and learn from each other." Additionally, survey results found that, after HCPs, lung cancer-specific websites were the second most popular resource to learn about or manage lung cancer at 45 percent. On top of experiencing the difficulties of the symptoms and treatment, survey respondents said the uncertainty of lung cancer is ever-present, even after achieving NED, and there is always the chance that lung cancer may return. Survey data shows this to be a continuing source of anxiety and stress and underscores how the need for emotional support continues, even after successful treatment. Even with the support of friends and family, lung cancer patients reported they need emotional support and connections with others to help them through their journey. Sixty percent of respondents agree or strongly agree that "others do not understand what I'm going through with my lung cancer." Forty-five percent agree/strongly agree that "I feel like a burden when I share my concerns or feelings with others." "Clearly, the data demonstrate an unmet need for improved support for lung cancer patients," added Armand. "This survey underscores the need for a platform like LungCancer.net to offer a source of support, validation, or comfort that patients and caregivers may not receive elsewhere." "It was very important for me to connect with other lung cancer patients," says LungCancer.net patient advocate Dusty Donaldson. "Not only do patients encourage and empower each other, they learn from each other's experiences." A summary infographic of the survey results is also available. The Lung Cancer in America 2017 survey was conducted online between September, 2016 and January 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, multiple sclerosis, 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. LungCancer.net is Health Union's newest online community dedicated to people living with lung cancer, where patients and supporters of people living with this condition can connect, share experiences, and learn about managing the condition.


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.


Boyer C.,Net Health
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics | Year: 2016

The majority of the adult population in both Europe and North America have access to the internet. Over 70% state that they have used the internet to look for health information and the majority started their search at a search engine. Given that search engines list sites according to popularity and not quality, it is imperative that users have a means of discerning trustworthy and honest information from non-reliable health information. The HONcode, a set of eight quality guidelines, ensures access to standardized trustworthy health information which can be used as a tool to guide consumers. © 2016 IMIA and IOS Press.


Ball M.J.,Net Health
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics | Year: 2016

In 1996, at the beginning of the World Wide Web, a group of health specialists anticipated the need for trustworthy health information online. Thus the Health On the Net Foundation (HON) was born. HON was created to promote the deployment of useful and reliable health information online and to enable its appropriate and efficient use. Two decades on, HON is the oldest and most valued quality marker for health information online. For a number of years under the guidance of the late Jean-Raoul Scherrer, the foundation has established its reputation through dynamic measures, innovative endeavors and a dedication to upholding key values and goals. This panel discussion provides an overview of the HON Foundation, its activities, challenges and achievements over the years. © 2016 IMIA and IOS Press.


(PRLEAP.COM) September 22, 2016 - While some feel that EMR technology obstructs patient interaction, just the opposite is true. Learn how specialized EMR solutions are helping thousands of practices improve the patient-provider relationship with help from Net Health.Widespread EMR adoption began in 2009, with the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the incentive-based Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act. While adoption was not without its hiccups, many specialists found that choosing the right EMR software could free up time for meaningful doctor-patient interactions.Specialists have a different set of needs than general physicians. Highly specialized EMR solutions tailored to their specific needs ensures that patient information is recorded quickly and accurately, freeing up valuable time for face-to-face interaction with the patient.With a wealth of documentation tools specifically tailored to their given specialty at their disposal, the staff at your specialty care facility is able to spend their time elsewhere. The result is improved patient interactions, satisfaction and outcomes.Every physician has different preferences when it comes to their treatment practices. Selecting an EMR that remembers each physician's preferences can help expedite processes and allow for a more streamlined workflow within your facility.No matter what EMR solution you choose, your software should include suggestions of preventative measures as related to your specialty to ensure improved outcomes. Scheduling & appointment reminders, automated at-home treatment practices and patient portals can all prove to be valuable assets to any EMR system.In the end, the EMR software you select should have one goal in mind – improving patient satisfaction. Make sure you are making the right choice for your specialized EMR software by visiting http://www.nethealth.com/ehrs-and-patient-doctor-interaction/ Net Health is the leader in software solutions for specialized outpatient care. Known for being experts in The Art of the Right Fit®, fully interoperable EHR solutions serve five medical specialty markets. Offering clients an end-to-end solution that includes practice management tools, clinical workflow documentation, revenue cycle management, and analytics, Net Health serves healthcare professionals in 3,700 urgent care, wound care, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, occupational medicine, employee health, and workplace medicine facilities. Net Health is committed to strengthening patient care, outcomes, and facility performance. Learn more at nethealth.com. Net Health is a Spectrum Equity portfolio company.


(PRLEAP.COM) August 25, 2016 - Net Health, the leader is EMR software solutions for specialized outpatient care, has published a new infographic on their website describing the storied history of electronic medical records. The infographic highlights important dates and advances in EMR technology.Many of us don't give EMRs the credit they deserve, viewing them as little more than a substitute for paper record keeping. However, EMRs have contributed greatly to the massive advances made in the documentation of healthcare today.The first instances of EMR use can be traced back to the late 1960s with the implementation of Dr. Lawrence Weed's problem-oriented medical record. Widely considered a breakthrough in medical recording, Dr. Weed's problem-oriented medical record enabled a highly organized approach to the clinical documentation problems physicians dealt with on a daily basis.By the late 1980s, low-cost PC's gave way to the widespread adoption of EMR technology in larger hospitals and medical facilities. Even though the new EMR technology didn't quite gain traction with smaller facilities and private practices, many practice management functions were slowly being transitioned to computers and electronic devices.The 1990s would prove to be a big decade for the advancement of EMRs. Technology was becoming an important component to medical facilities, but the age of the internet led to large-scale change for the healthcare industry. The internet made accessing health information online easier than ever, setting the stage for web-based EMRs.President Barack Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) marked a turning point for the use of EMR software in healthcare facilities. Under the terms of the act, healthcare facilities and providers could collect various incentives upon demonstration of "meaningful use" in their day-to-day practice.Today, electronic medical records are making medical facilities increasingly paperless. However, 70 percent of physicians have reported a level of frustration with their current system. As time passes, EMRs are becoming increasingly specialized for different areas of medical specialty and various service environments, allowing medical teams to easily streamline workflows, improve data entry and increase doctor – patient interaction.Learn more about how EMRs have evolved over time at visiting http://www.nethealth.com/a-history-of-electronic-medical-records-infographic/ Net Health is the leader in software solutions for specialized outpatient care. Known for being experts in The Art of the Right Fit®, our fully interoperable EHR solutions serve five specialty medical markets. Offering clients an end-to-end solution that includes practice management tools, clinical workflow documentation, revenue cycle management, and analytics, Net Health serves healthcare professionals in 3,700 urgent care, wound care, physical therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, occupational medicine, employee health, and workplace medicine facilities. Net Health is committed to strengthening patient care, outcomes, and facility performance. Learn more at nethealth.com. Net Health is a Spectrum Equity portfolio company.

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