Amazon launches patient data-mining service to assist docs

LUCAS MEARIAN | November 30, 2018

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Amazon this week announced its latest data analytics product, one aimed at scouring unstructured data within electronic medical records (EMRs) to offer up insights that physicians can use to better treat patients.Amazon's new Comprehend Medical AWS cloud service is a natural-language processing engine that purports to be able to read physician notes, patient prescriptions, audio interview transcripts, and pathology and radiology reports – and use machine learning algorithms to spit out relevant medical information to healthcare providers. Amazon's Comprehend Medical software service is one of 13 new machine learning software products the company announced on Tuesday.From unstructured records, or records that aren't in a structured database format, Comprehend Medical can extract patient medical conditions, anatomy, medications, protected health information (PHI), tests, treatments and procedures and then put them in an easy-to-read, spreadsheet-like format, according to Amazon.

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