Discussing the extreme wide variety of date/time formats used by individuals and systems, even inside one single institution. Also touches on a lesser known topic of different types of whitespace occasionally used in dates to prevent line wrapping from breaking up a date value.… Read More Report Anonymization: Date formats and whitespaces
In the past few short years, remarkable progress has been made to demonstrate the potential power of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in healthcare. Despite the potential of AI in healthcare, very few of these algorithms make it to the bedside. This so-called “implementation gap” prevents AI algorithms from having a real world impact on patient… Read More Solving for infrastructure through the cloud: An Ontario Hospital’s Journey Towards The Deployment of Artificial Intelligence
The 2007 Framework for Collaborative Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Planning states that “the status quo approach to planning has the potential to create both financial and political risks, to limit each jurisdiction’s ability to develop effective sustainable health delivery systems and the health [workforce] to support those systems.” Traditionally, Canadian healthcare organizations have not spent… Read More Better Health: How Data is Enabling Workforce Planning at THP
Hospitals lag decades behind other industries in the adoption of analytics into operational decision-making1 The impact of big data and analytics continues to be realized in healthcare but still has a long way to go. Brilliant minds continue to use optimization, machine learning, and other analytic methods to solve operational problems in the hospital, however,… Read More How to use user-centered design for hospital analytics
Explores different approaches for converting Rich Text Format (RTF) radiology reports to plain text for the purposes of anonymization, natural language processing (NLP) and more.… Read More Report Anonymization: Rich Text Format (RTF)
This post compares off the shelf DICOM anonymization tools like DicomCleaner, CTP, PyDicom/died and more for a project with 480,000 chest X-ray images. The discussion includes the requirements for the right tool, and a pro/con style analysis of each tool included in this comparison.… Read More A comparison of DICOM anonymization tools
I would like to welcome all readers to our humble new blog. We are always working on cool and interesting projects, we can’t wait to share some of what we discover, create or even stumble upon in the process. Please note the GitHub link above, where we will, occasionally, provide open-source code as well. Stay… Read More Welcome to our blog!