Natural Language Processing


Description

Natural language processing is the use of software, algorithms and hardware to better interface with traditional human methods of communication. The study of NLP is closely intertwined with that of Artificial intelligence. NLP promises to bring technologies such as computer based natural language translation, error free speech to text translation software, and databases that only require a functioning understanding of the English language to interface. The end goal of NLP is to make computers function more smoothly with human beings and let human beings interact with machines with less effort and technical expertise.

Applications

NLP technologies are useful for people with little to no technical background. This includes many doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Specifically, NLP technologies are used to develop dictation software, easier to use databases, and more intuitive frontends for medical applications. NLP eliminates the need for an understanding of Boolean search terms to query databases efficiently, which translates into less training and personnel needed for medical facilities.
As more and more NLP technologies are implemented, the need for dedicated data entry and coding technicians is reduced, as the medical staff can quickly and easily edit patient records and other databases on their own, with extremely limited technical knowledge.

Web resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_language_processing

http://nlp.stanford.edu/

Citations:

http://www.aaai.org/AITopics/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/AITopics/NaturalLanguage

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/groups/nlp/

http://www.namahn.com/resources/documents/note-NL.pdf

Related:

Computerized Patient Record Systems
Controlled Medical Vocabularies