SemTech 2010 Speaks Out About Health 3.0 -- Open Healthcare Information Architecture

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The conference's three-day pharmaceutical and healthcare track will illuminate the ways semantic technology is being implemented to improve US healthcare and decrease costs. With the digitalization of health records, research, and knowledge databases, semantic technologies are poised to become an increasingly important facet of the healthcare system.

With semantic technologies providing the glue between different sources of information, there’s real promise that we will see integrated health records on a small scale in the near term, with significant progress towards a comprehensive solution.

The SemTech 2010 Conference has dedicated an entire track to focus on semantics in pharmaceutical and healthcare services. This track is scheduled for June 23 – 25, 2010 and will provide a forum where healthcare professionals can learn about the advances being made with semantic technologies to help organize, interpret, and efficiently utilize medical information from the research lab to integrated medical records, and from hospital operations, all the way through to international disaster and public health response. The Semtech Conference will take place June 21-25, 2010 at the San Francisco Hilton in Union Square.

Over the next several years, our nation’s healthcare system will become increasingly digitized and semantically organized in an effort to achieve an Open Healthcare Information Architecture, also known as Health 3.0. The digitization of the nation’s health records combined with the widespread utilization of semantic technologies will improve access, quality, and affordability of healthcare across the board.

“The holy grail is an integrated personal record that connects your medical and health history throughout your lifetime, even if that information exists in many different places,” Tony Shaw, SemTech program chairman said. “We’re not able to do that right now, but with semantic technologies providing the glue between different sources of information, there’s real promise that we will see integrated health records on a small scale in the near term, with significant progress towards a comprehensive solution over the next few years.”

During the SemTech 2010 Healthcare sessions, healthcare professionals will learn about current applications of semantics in the health delivery system in the US and Europe. Advantages include the potential overall cost reduction and increased effectiveness of the healthcare system created by linked data and informatics; the implementation of semantic analytics in ‘horizon scanning’--the systematic monitoring of potential future trends as a way to limit costs and increase effectiveness as demonstrated by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service; and the ways in which healthcare companies are using semantic technologies to comprehensively gather data, improve internal accounting and budgeting, and help eliminate error-prone manual processes.

With data pouring in from so many information sources, today’s healthcare industry struggles to efficiently and effectively process, interpret, represent, and access its data. SemTech 2010 will address these issues and offer solutions for the future. Healthcare professionals will learn about the advances being made in semantic technologies to face these challenges, such as the development of disease surveillance systems that can quickly detect and react to possible pandemics, thereby reducing cost, improving public health, and ultimately saving lives.

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SemTech is the preferred industry platform for exhibitors to announce product launches, publishing deals, and breaking news. Attendees will have the opportunity to view products and services from top industry developers. Current sponsors include: Ontotext, Oracle, Revelytix, Inc., Cambridge Semantics Inc., Atigeo, Franz Inc, TopQuadrant, Zepheira, Raytheon BBN, Saltlux, IBM/Ontoprise, IntelliDimension, Talis, Thomson Reuters (Calais), Semantifi, True Knowledge, Clark & Parsia LLC, and Orbis. To become a sponsor or exhibitor please contact Steve Bastasini at steve(at)semanticuniverse(dot)com or (415) 740-5528.

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SemTech is the world's largest conference on semantic technologies. It is the only event focused on the commercialization of semantic technologies, bringing the most recognized names, knowledge, leadership, and innovation in the semantic community together at one location. SemTech is owned and operated by Semantic Universe--the semantic community’s trusted information resource. For more information please visit,, email info(at)semanticuniverse(dot)com, or call (310) 337-2616.


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