Given the fact that up to 80 percent of clinical data is stored in unstructured text, healthcare organizations need to harness the power of text analytics. But, surprisingly, less than five percent of health systems use it due to resource limitations and the complexity of text analytics. But given the industry’s necessity to use text analytics to create precise patient registries, enhance their understanding of high-risk patient populations, and improve outcomes, this executive report explains why systems must start using it—and explains how to get started. Health systems can start using text analytics to improve outcomes by focusing on four key components:
- Optimize text search (display, medical terminologies, and context).
- Enhance context and extract values with an NLP pipeline.
- Always validate the algorithm.
- Focus on interoperability and integration using a Late-Binding approach.