Sessions at Strata 2012 about Unstructured Data and Healthcare on Thursday 1st March

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  • Mining Unstructured Data: Practical Applications

    by Anna Divoli and Alyona Medelyan

    The challenge of unstructured data is a top priority for organizations that are looking for ways to search, sort, analyze and extract knowledge from masses of documents they store and create daily. Text mining uses knowledge-driven algorithms to make sense of documents in a similar way a person would do by reading them. Lately, text mining and analytics tools became available via APIs, meaning that organizations can take immediate advantage these tools. We discuss three examples of how such APIs were utilized to solve key business challenges.

    Most organizations dream of paperless office, but still generate and receive millions of print documents. Digitizing these documents and intelligently sharing them is a universal enterprise challenge. Major scanning providers offer solutions that analyze scanned and OCR’d documents and then store detected information in document management systems. This works well with pre-defined forms, but human interaction is required when scanning unstructured text. We describe a prototype build for the legal vertical that scans stacks of paper documents and on the fly categorizes and generates meaningful metadata.

    In the area of forensics, intelligence and security, manual monitoring of masses of unstructured data is not feasible. The ability of automatically identify people’s names, addresses, credit card and bank account numbers and other entities is the key. We will briefly describe a case study of how a major international financial institution is taking advantage of text mining APIs in order to comply with a recent legislation act.

    In healthcare, although Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been increasingly becoming available over the past two decades, patient confidentiality and privacy concerns have been acting as obstacles from utilizing the incredibly valuable information they contain to further medical research. Several approaches have been reported in assigning unique encrypted identifiers to patients’ ID but each comes with drawbacks. For a number of medical studies consistent uniform ID mapping is not necessary and automated text sanitization can serve as a solution. We will demonstrate how sanitization has practical use in a medical study.

    At 1:30pm to 2:10pm, Thursday 1st March

    In Mission City B1, Santa Clara Convention Center

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