Sumithra Velupillai (who is currently doing a postdoc at UC San Diego and University of Utah) and I participated at the AMIA 2014 – American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium, November, 15-19, Washington DC, USA. The Symposium attracted over 2000 participants mainly from USA, but also some from Europe and other parts of the world. It covers all areas of medical informatics. We were specifically interested in Natural Language Processing of health records.
Sumithra presented a poster co-authored with Danielle Mowery, Lee Christensen, Noemie Elhadad, Sameer Pradhan, Guergana Savova and Wendy W Chapman entitled Disease/Disorder Semantic Template Filling – Information Extraction Challenge in the ShARe/CLEF eHealth Evaluation Lab 2014. The poster was about the CLEFeHealth 2014 task 2 held at CLEF in Sheffield, U.K. where the task was to normalize and detect a number of semantic modifiers linked to disease/disorder mentions in clinical text.
I participated in a panel jointly with Aurélie Névéol (France), Guergana Savova (U.S.A. and Bulgaria) and Pierre Zweigenbaum (France) with the title Clinical Natural Language Processing in Languages Other Than English. We discussed how to perform NLP, use tools and create annotations in other languages than English. Only 10 per cent of all NLP publications in PubMed involve other languages than English.
Sumithra and I have the proceedings and we have also written a short report in Swedish from the symposium, please contact us if you want a copy.
Below are some photos