NIH Informatics Expert To Link Medical Advances with Computers and Language

ALBUQUERQUE - Language just might be the future of medicine. More specifically, language can be used to fuel hyper-speed computer programming that "thinks" like a physician for diagnoses, prognoses, patient monitoring, medical health-record sharing, research and more.

Dr. Stuart J. Nelson, with the National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine, offers two days of Informatics presentations to UNM's Health Sciences Center in April:

Tuesday, April 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Vocabulary Development and Maintenance: The Example of MeSH; and Practical Considerations in Interoperability: The Unified Medical Language System, in the Cancer Research and Treatment Center, room 240; and

Wednesday, April 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. - Testing the Assertions, Presentations of Problems and Case Discussions, in the Basic Medical Sciences Building, room B85.

"The goal of Medical Informatics, an often misused term, is to convert clinical and research information to knowledge that is quickly and inexpensively accessible," Nelson states. "The ultimate goal is to reduce the ‘error' column in medicine, while improving the ‘success' column."

Dr. Nelson, who presented "The Nature of Medical Descriptions" and "The Proper Use of Man and Machines" this February, returns to the Health Sciences Center to further clarify the evolution and role of Medical Informatics in medicine.

"Part of the process is developing standardized medical language and vocabularies for cataloguing, indexing, clinical data recording and other inputs with which a computer can ‘think'," Nelson asserts. "Through informatics, there are incredible clinical and research opportunities ahead of us."

For more information about Dr. Nelson or his lectures, call 272-2548.

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