Semantic Web SIG: Healthcare Semantics-Getting Personal



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    Healthcare Semantics: Getting Personal 


    The nation’s healthcare system currently is in critical condition. The new President Barak Obama is pushing information technology as a part of the solutions for making our healthcare system more effective and efficient. According to discussion in the Congress, President’s economic stimulus package is considering $20 billion for heath IT spending. That’s going to shape up optimism for traditional health IT as well as innovations in new technologies like semantic technology and NLP.

    On this event, we will be focusing on semantic applications in healthcare. Three speakers will cover the different areas along the healthcare ecosystem. 

    • Professor Ida Sim from UCSF will share cutting edge research of applying semantic technology and ontology in clinical trials.
    • Niraj Katwala, CTO of Heathline Networks, will talk about how taxonomy is making all the differences in building top consumer-focused web destination for health information.
    • Even healthcare payment is getting help from semantic technology. John Gilman will present his work at Blue Shield of California.


    If you are wondering where the opportunity is for semantics and NLP, come and join us to explore the frontiers of healthcare IT.


    Speaker Bios:

    Dr. Ida Sim, Professor, UCSF

    Dr. Sim is Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and Director, UCSF Center for Clinical and Translational Informatics ( She received her MD and her PhD in Medical Informatics from Stanford University. Dr. Sim’s research is on knowledge-based technologies for clinical research and evidence-based practice. Her Trial Bank Project is a leading effort on using ontologies to share information about human studies. The goal is to computerize the human studyome – the totality of all human studies worldwide – for large-scale computational analysis and reuse of human studies data. Dr. Sim is a recipient of United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

    Niraj Katwala, CTO Healthline Networks

    Niraj is an experienced software professional who brings 18 years of Internet and Healthcare industry experience to the Healthline executive team. Prior to Healthline, Niraj was a founding member and vice president of Engineering at Entigen Corporation, where he led the development of a search platform for bioinformatics databanks. From 1996 to 1999, Niraj managed critical new product initiatives in Charles Schwab’s Electronic Brokerage and Retail business units serving over 7 million users online. Prior to that, Niraj was a principal for Technology Solutions Company, a management consulting firm, where his clients were Fortune 500 healthcare and product organizations including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Benckiser International, Pepsi Cola Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. Niraj holds a masters and bachelors in Electrical Engineering from M.S.University, India. He is happily married with two children, and enjoys skiing, learning about world history, and coaching baseball and soccer.




    Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza

    Clinical trials and Semantics.  Professor Ida Sim, UCSF


    Taxonomy-powered consumer healthcare search engine. Niraj Katwala, CTO, Healthline.


    Semantic technology use case at insurance company.  John Gilman, Director, BlueShield of CA



    You do not need to pre-register.
    Members attend free; Non-Members $15.00