A Natural Language Processing Approach to Acquire Accurate Health Provider Directory Information

Matthew Cook, Lixia Yao, Xiaoyan Wang

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Abstract

Introduction Accurate information in provider directories are vital in health care including health information exchange, health benefits exchange, quality reporting, and in the reimbursement and delivery of care. Maintaining provider directory data and keeping it up to date is challenging. The objective of this study is to determine the feasibility of using NLP techniques to combine disparate resources and acquire accurate information on health providers. Methods Publically available state licensure lists in Connecticut were obtained along with National Plan and Provider Enumeration System (NPPES) public use files. Connecticut licensure lists textual information of each health professional who is licensed to practice within the state. A NLP-based system was developed based on Healthcare Provider Taxonomy code, location, and name and address information to identify textual data within the state and federal records. Qualitative and quantitative evaluation were performed, and the recall and precision were calculated. Results We identified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, and dentists in the State of Connecticut. The recall and precision were 0.95 and 0.93 respectively. Using the system, we were able to accurately acquire 6,849 of the 7,177 records of health provider directory information. Conclusion The authors demonstrated that the NLP based approach was effective at acquiring health provider information. Furthermore, the NLP-based system can be re-Applied on the updated information further reducing processing burdens as data changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages76-77
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781538667774
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 16 2018
Event6th IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018 - New York, United States
Duration: Jun 4 2018Jun 7 2018

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Other6th IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Period6/4/186/7/18

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Natural Language Processing
Directories
Health
Licensure
Nurse Midwives
Nurse Practitioners
Insurance Benefits
Dentists
Health Personnel
Names
Delivery of Health Care
Natural language processing
Directory information

Keywords

  • health provider directory information
  • natural language processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Health Informatics

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Cook, M., Yao, L., & Wang, X. (2018). A Natural Language Processing Approach to Acquire Accurate Health Provider Directory Information. In Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018 (pp. 76-77). [8411813] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICHI-W.2018.00027

A Natural Language Processing Approach to Acquire Accurate Health Provider Directory Information. / Cook, Matthew; Yao, Lixia; Wang, Xiaoyan.

Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. p. 76-77 8411813.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Cook, M, Yao, L & Wang, X 2018, A Natural Language Processing Approach to Acquire Accurate Health Provider Directory Information. in Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018., 8411813, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 76-77, 6th IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018, New York, United States, 6/4/18. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICHI-W.2018.00027
Cook M, Yao L, Wang X. A Natural Language Processing Approach to Acquire Accurate Health Provider Directory Information. In Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2018. p. 76-77. 8411813 https://doi.org/10.1109/ICHI-W.2018.00027
Cook, Matthew ; Yao, Lixia ; Wang, Xiaoyan. / A Natural Language Processing Approach to Acquire Accurate Health Provider Directory Information. Proceedings - 2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics Workshops, ICHI-W 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2018. pp. 76-77
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