Clinical language processing (CLP) is the computerised process of examining multi-source medical documents and extracting specific text about specific medical states, conditions and processes. CLP provides the health professional with a means of rapidly scanning for key information in a large number of documents, such as pathology and radiology reports, and clinical notes, needed to optimise patient care and for undertaking research.
How is it new or innovative?
HLA’s CLP software, designed for the health professional, significantly extends the capability of current word-based analysis and classification systems, and includes ‘meaning’ into the tasks of retrieval, questioning, analysis, extraction, and classification of key identifiers within clinical documents. Other technologies use only words strung together (word strings). HLA technology uses semantics and context (i.e. the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence or text), to identify within medical documents, the specifically targeted medical condition and its meaning. HLA technology is based on significant needs analysis and workflow research over the past two years, with health professionals working clinical environments. HLA semantic engine technology has been created in response to this market intelligence in a highly focused, technology applied environment over the past 12 months. As a result, HLA’s product suite is novel intellectual property (IP) and is unlike any other clinical language processing product.