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October 6, 2020

John Snow Labs Announces State-of-the-Art Automated Adverse Drug Event Recognition and Classification at the Inaugural NLP Summit

LEWES, Del., Oct. 6, 2020 — John Snow Labs, developer of the Spark NLP library, and host of the NLP Summit, today announced the release of its new named entity recognition (NER) model and classifier for Adverse Drug Events (ADE). The announcement takes place on the first day of the company’s inaugural NLP Summit, a free community event focused on applied NLP, being held online from October 6-16.

While the ADE NER model will help extract ADE and drug entities from a given text, the new ADE Classifier is trained on various ADE datasets, including academic texts, social media, and clinical notes. By combining ADE NER and Classifier, John Snow Labs is releasing a new pre-trained clinical pipeline for ADE tasks to save users from building pipelines from scratch. Pretrained pipelines are already fitted using certain annotators and transformers according to various use cases.

According to The Journal of Medical Internet Research, adverse events (AE) in health care entail substantial burdens to health care systems, institutions, and patients, but remain a persistent problem. Negative consequences include extended hospital stays, higher readmission rates, costs, and mortality. Electronic health records (EHR) and natural language processing (NLP) solutions, such as Spark NLP for Healthcare, have made it possible to more effectively and accurately detect prevalent adverse events.

* Giorgi, John, et al. “End-to-end Named Entity Recognition and Relation Extraction using Pre-trained Language Models.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1912.13415 (2019).

“The enhancements to Spark NLP for Healthcare not only improve the ability to detect adverse drug events, but help prevent the likelihood of future events, thus improving overall care” said David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs. “These models are pre-trained with Clinical Biobert embeddings, the most powerful contextual language model in the clinical domain today, making it an easy-to-use, best-in-class solution for healthcare NLP projects.”

To learn more about ADE NER and Classifier, visit:

For free registration to the NLP Summit, visit: Additionally, as a commitment to spreading knowledge and putting AI to work for good, John Snow Labs is providing free access to datasets, NLP software, and its Healthcare AI platform for data scientists working on COVID-19 projects.

About John Snow Labs

John Snow Labs is an award-winning AI and NLP company, accelerating progress in data science by providing state-of-the-art models, data and platforms. Founded in 2015, it helps healthcare and life science companies build, deploy, and operate AI products and services. John Snow Labs is the winner of the 2018 AI Solution Provider of the Year award, the 2019 AI Platform of the Year award, the 2019 International Data Science Foundation Technology award, the 2020 AI Excellence Award, and the 2020 Healthcare Analytics Provider of the Year award.

John Snow Labs is the developer of Spark NLP – the world’s most widely used NLP library in the enterprise – and is the world’s leading provider of state-of-the-art clinical NLP software, powering some of the world’s largest healthcare & pharma companies. John Snow Labs is a global team of specialists, of which 33% hold a Ph.D. or M.D. and 75% hold at least a Master’s degree in disciplines covering data science, medicine, software engineering, pharmacy, DevOps and SecOps.

Source: John Snow Labs