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Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research

Innovative Methods: New Applications

Identifying High Risk Pregnancies through Natural Language Processing

In collaboration with Johns Hopkins Health Care, the Johns Hopkins Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology, and the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, CPHIT is working to identify patients who qualify for the Partners with Moms program.  The goal is to identify patients who are at high risk for premature birth and low birth weight.  Applying natural language processing and other computer science techniques, we are using physician notes and other unstructured parts of an Electronic Health Record (EHR) to identify high risk markers and flags.  This project and the techniques used will help us learn how different parts of an EHR can be used to identify populations for care management programs.

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Read more about the project here.