Despite improvements in healthcare IT infrastructures, a gap remains in the ability of these systems to deliver knowledge and provide insight back to the researchers, clinicians and patients they are intended to support. EURECA, a new European project, aims to close this gap by building software solutions to improve interoperability among existing data systems, such as clinical trials and electronic health record systems.Oncology has been selected as the focus domain because of the incidence of cancers, the complexity of data collected and of the therapy options. As a partner XRCE will be using its natural language processing expertise and technologies to automatically extract and semantically tag relevant medical concepts and relations from the unstructured text in patient records, clinical guidelines and trials and medical scientific literature.
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