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OSU: Big data helping improve diagnoses, treatment

October 10, 2018 / ktvz

Patients are now being more precisely diagnosed and treated, thanks to an Oregon State University researcher’s work in translational data science. A key to that science is ontologies: systematic descriptions of knowledge that allow for integration and analysis of lots of data, in this case medical data. In a paper published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, Melissa Haendel of OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute describes ontologies and how computers use them to enhance physicians’ decision making. “Huge amounts of high-throughput data, including those obtained through genomic, proteomic and metabolomic analyses, are now being used in clinical analyses,” Haendel said. “