Category Archives: Healthcare Industry

Posts about the healthcare industry.

Our experience on Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR) identification at TAC2017

MeaningCloud and LaBDA research group were present at the TAC 2017 conference held on November 13th – 14th at NIST headquarters in Washington. In the Text Analysis Conferences, research groups from all over the world were invited to develop software systems to tackle text analytics-related problems. This year, one task was devoted to the automatic identification of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) appearing in drug labels, including features defining the ADR, such as its severity or if it is characteristic of a drug class instead of just a given drug. There has been a specific subtask to link the identified ADRs with their corresponding MedDRA codes and lexical terms. More than 10 research teams have taken part in the project, all of them applying some kind of deep learning approach to the problem. Results show that it is possible to reach 85% accuracy when identifying ADRs.

We were delighted to present our text analytics-based system for ADRs identification on drug labels, which combines natural language processing and machine learning algorithms. The system has been built as a joint effort between MeaningCloud and LaBDA research group at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Identifying ADRs is a basic task for pharmacovigilance, and that is the reason why the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is involved in the funding and definition of the ADRs identification tasks in the framework of the Text Analysis Conferences. We have learned a lot these days (e.g., a BiLSTM deep neural network is the best choice for the purpose), and shared pleasant moments with our colleagues at Washington. We hope to be able to attend next year’s edition, which will focus on the extraction of drug-drug interactions (DDI), another interesting task aimed at detecting situations where the use of a combination of drugs may lead to an adverse effect.


MeaningCloud’s Artificial Intelligence at EyeforPharma

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Text-based Artificial Intelligence for the Pharma Industry

At MeaningCloud, we are proud to sponsor the Eye for Pharma Conference. Data, Evidence and Access Summit 2017. November 13-14th, 2017 – Philadelphia, US. MeaningCloud’s value proposition for the conference can be summarized as Text-Based Information with Artificial Intelligence.

Eye for Pharma is about demonstrating and communicating value, no matter which department you’re in. Whether it’s exploring innovative uses of real-world evidence (RWE) or creating new outcomes-based pricing models, only by embracing the power of data can you fully unlock the value of your drugs. It is a great opportunity for learning and networking.

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MeaningCloud Sponsors PharmaForce 2017

PharmaForce 2017

MeaningCloud sponsors PharmaForce 2017

At MeaningCloud, we are proud to sponsor the PharmaForce 2017 Conference. PharmaForce is an interactive conference for marketing and sales leaders from pharmaceutical companies to be held on September 18-20, 2017, in Austin, TX.

PharmaForce is the event for Pharma commercial innovators.

Who should attend:

  • Marketing:
    Consumer/HCP/Payer Marketing, Managed Markets, Marketing, Social Media Strategist, Commercial Marketing, Multichannel Marketing, Digital Marketing/Digital Strategy
  • Sales:
    Field Force/Sales Force Effectiveness, Sales Training & Development, Commercial/Sales Operations, Field/Regional/Account Manager, Market Access
  • Brand & Commercial Strategy:
    Commercial Innovation, Brand Management/Strategy, Brand Marketing, Disease, Drug, and Therapy Area Heads

Now in its 11th year, PharmaForce is the only life sciences event that addresses both marketing and sales strategies to achieve commercial success.

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Voice of the Patient Analysis in Forums

Voice of the Patient Analysis

In a previous post (Listening to the Voice of the Patient), we made an account of ongoing initiatives by public administration, hospitals and pharma companies intended to listen, understand and engage patients in the whole healthcare system. We also provided evidence that forums are a paramount source of information when talking about the Voice of the Patient Analysis.

As it was already shown, the Voice of the Patient (VoP) can be analyzed from multiple perspectives. In this post, we cover the point of view of the Pharma Industry.

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Listening to the Voice of the Patient

Voice of the Patient and Patient-Centered Health Care

National Library of Medicine

The modern definition of “patient centered health care” was stated in the National Library of Medicine’s MED-LINE subject heading (MeSH), introduced in 1995, which reads, “Design of patient care wherein institutional resources and personnel are organized around patients rather than around specialized departments.”

Following this design criterion, patients’ safety and well-being are the priority for all the agents involved in this industry: caregivers, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, health insurers, and government agencies. And, being the center of our health systems, listening and engaging patients becomes the cornerstone of any quality improvement initiative. That’s why the so called “Voice of the Patient” is getting an increasing attention by all the stakeholders involved.

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Real World Evidence Definition

Real World Evidence Definition

Real World Evidence is information on health care that is derived from multiple sources outside typical clinical research settings, including electronic health records (EHRs), claims and billing data, product and disease registries, and data gathered through personal devices and health applications.

The most quoted definition of Real World Data comes from the area of pharmacoeconomics. The ISPOR (International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research) defines Real World Data as:

“Data used for decision making that are not collected in conventional randomized controlled trials (RCTs)”

Other definitions of Real World Data, Real World Evidence and Evidence from Clinical Experience can be found in the following figure, taken from a working paper of the Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University (see References below).

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MeaningCloud Sponsors the Real World Evidence Forum 2017

Real World Evidence Forum

Real-World Evidence Forum

Real-World Evidence Forum Philadelphia, July 17-18

At MeaningCloud, we are proud to sponsor the Real World Evidence Forum. The RWE Forum, taking place on July 17-18, 2017 in Philadelphia, will bring together clinical health professionals to address:

  • How to operationalize the process of collecting real-world data.
  • How to utilize real-world evidence to demonstrate both the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of drugs.

Attendees will gain a better understanding of how electronic data sources are changing the way real-world data is being collected. This conference will offer attendees insight into how real-world evidence will help decrease costs, define innovative outcomes and minimize the number of patients exposed to potentially harmful medications.

Text Analytics and Real World Evidence

MeaningCloud, as a Text Analytics provider, has evolved a highly specialized offering for the Health and Pharma industries. We count among our clients some the largest companies in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Join us in Philadelphia. If you are interested in attending the Real World Evidence Forum next July 17-18, just drop us a line to info@meaningcloud.com. We have a surprise for you!

Stay tuned to access our presentation at the conference, that we will publish on this blog. In the meanwhile, if you are curious about how our technology works in the health area, just take a look at our Text Analytics Health Demo.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Real-World Evidence Forum!

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New health demo: tagging drug names, symptoms, diseases, and adverse drug reactions

Documents in the health domain show specific vocabulary and linguistic structure. If you take a look at clinical Records or Electronic Health Records (EHR), you will see that it is also made up of unstructured data (that is, free text). This free text contains weird names of drugs and diseases that are even difficult to read. For all these reasons, text analytics techniques must be adapted to the health domain.

We have put together a number of resources in a demo that shows how MeaningCloud can tag drug names, symptoms, diseases, procedures, and so on.

See the free demo: https://www.meaningcloud.com/demos/health-text-analytics-demo

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