Workshop: Mining clinical notes


Natural Language Processing (NLP) is an important part of artificial intelligence. It can help healthcare professionals make better decisions for patients. Our centre will host a workshop about NLP on March 10th in Tromsø.

E-health researchers (from left) Taridzo Chomutare and Maryam Tayefi Nasrabadi look forward to the exciting workshop about NLP, March 10th in Tromsø. Photo: Lene Lundberg
E-health researchers (from left) Taridzo Chomutare and Maryam Tayefi Nasrabadi look forward to the exciting workshop about NLP, March 10th in Tromsø. Photo: Lene Lundberg

Health workers use the electronic health record (EHR) every day in hospitals. For example, they document the well-being of patients, medications taken, lab results, how the person has responded to various treatments, and discharge notes.

In this electronic document, both structured and unstructured data is registered. This data is very useful for many purposes. It is therefore important that we learn more about the actual mining of health data.

Maryam Tayefi Nasrabadi and Taridzo Chomutare are scientists at the Norwegian Centre for E-health Research.

Now, they are busy with planning for the workshop they will arrange at Forskningsparken, LINKEN, on March 10th, 2020.

- It will be exciting and relevant for a range of people, especially for those who work in specialist healthcare services, says Maryam.

- We hope to see doctors, nurses, managers and students – and everyone else with an interest in the use of AI and NLP to improve treatment and prevention in healthcare, says Taridzo.

Besides giving new ways of important clinical decision support for clinicians, mined health data can also be used to improve quality of care and even lower costs in healthcare over the long run.

The workshop is free-of-charge and will last from 9-15. A light lunch will be served.

It will take place in LINKEN - Jiehkkivarri Auditorium, Siva Innovation Centre Tromsø.

In order to participate, you must register for the workshop here.

International speakers

The international speakers will offer their fresh insights on natural language processing.

Professor Hercules Dalianis has had a decades-long career in the interface between industry and university. He works in the area of clinical text mining, focused on processing electronic patient records in Swedish specifically in finding adverse drug events as well as healthcare associated infections.

Sumithra Velupillai, PhD, is a lecturer in Applied Health Informatics at King’s College in London.

Natalia Viani is a Postdoctoral research associate at King’s College, London.

Hanna Berg and Synnøve Bråten are MSc students from Stockholm University, Sweden.

Click on the attachment to see the programme (right side of this webpage).