ODSC East 2020

Applying State-of-the-art Natural Language Processing for Personalized Healthcare



Accelerating progress in personalized healthcare requires learning the causal relationships between diseases, genes, treatments, medications, labs, and other clinical information – at scale over a large population and time range. More than half of the clinically relevant data in oncology is only found in free-text pathology reports, radiology reports, sequencing reports, and progress notes.

Extracting and normalizing these facts from these clinical documents requires training oncology-specific models that can accurately extract these specific facts from a variety of documents. This talk describes results and lessons learned, from a real-world project doing this at scale.

About the speaker


David Talby is a CTO at John Snow Labs, helping fast-growing companies apply big data and data science techniques to solve real-world problems in healthcare, life science, and related fields. David has extensive experience in building and operating web-scale data science and business platforms, as well as building world-class, Agile, distributed teams.

Previously, he was with Microsoft’s Bing Group, where he led business operations for Bing Shopping in the US and Europe and worked at Amazon both in Seattle and the UK, where he built and ran distributed teams that helped scale Amazon’s financial systems. David holds a Ph.D. in computer science and master’s degrees in both computer science and business administration.