Wednesday, February 12, 2014

(Last Updated February 4, 2014)

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Note about locations: Tuesday and Wednesday – all sessions, and the morning and afternoon breaks, are at the NMSU Mega Classroom in the building southwest of the Access Innovations building; breakfast and lunch are served at Access Innovations’ offices.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM BREAKFAST
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Case Study: Proven Technology in a New Market: the Data Harmony Suite of Products — A Game Changer in the Medical Claims Compliance Space
John Kuranz and Kathryn Brown, Access Integrity, IntegraCoder, Medical Claims Compliance

In 2014 the following challenges will face all medical providers and payers:

  • ICD-10 implementation
  • Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements
  • Revised form 1500 from Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS)
  • 2014 changes to Current Procedure Technology (CPT)
  • Billing changes for Non-Physician Practitioner (NPP)
  • New edits for Correct Coding Initiatives (CCI)

The approaching tsunami in the medical compliance industry has resulted in a perfect fit for Data Harmony’s semantically enriched, rule-based concept extractor software solution. Our first order of business was to investigate at what point in the medical transaction process Data Harmony’s suite of time-tested software products would be the best fit and what would be the most cost effective results. Research indicated that our technology would be a game changer in the following areas:

  • Reduce the risk of compliance audit
  • Expedite claim submission
  • Accelerate cash flow… fewer denials and rejections
  • Improve coder productivity
  • Allow real-time analysis of electronic medical records (EMR)

The technology transferred from electronic publishing to medical claims compliance has instituted a disruptive innovation within a new industry. The rule-based approach provides very high accuracy and consistent, productive, efficient, and cost-effective EMR analysis throughout the medical billing and transaction sphere.

John Kuranz brings more than 30 years of experience in electronic publishing and internet applications in research and content creation to the Access Integrity team. Most recently, Kuranz spent three years as managing director of Dallas, Texas-based Chemical Information Services, a B2B subscription-based chemical database firm. Prior to joining Access Integrity, Kuranz was executive vice president of global business strategy at Herndon, Va.-based Apex CoVantage, an outsourcing company with more than 3,500 employees worldwide. In this role, Kuranz was instrumental in positioning the company as a leader in providing knowledge-based solutions to the information and publishing industry. Kuranz has a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from Texas A&M University and did his MBA studies at Northern Illinois University. Kuranz and his wife, Karen, reside in Santa Fe, N.M.

Kathryn (Kathy) Brown is an editor and taxonomist with Access Innovations. In addition to taxonomy and thesaurus creation and maintenance, her job responsibilities include indexing, rule building, and creating and maintaining databases. She has diplomas in nursing and in paralegal studies. A former nurse and paralegal, Kathy brings her medical and legal knowledge to healthcare-related and legal projects. Her outside interests include poker and mandolin playing.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Presentation: Leveraging Semantic Fingerprinting for Building Author Networks
Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations, Inc.

With the rise of ORCID and other universal databases of researchers and institutions, it is increasingly crucial for publishers to sort out their own data containing named entities. This talk details Access Innovations’ approach to author disambiguation, which includes a taxonomy-based solution in addition to algorithmic processes. The presentation includes a case study.

A project manager at Access Innovations, Bob Kasenchak provides oversight and support of editorial projects at the company. His job responsibilities cover thesaurus creation, rule building, customer interaction, and conformance of projects with client specifications. Bob has led taxonomy development and other projects for JSTOR, McGraw-Hill, Wolters Kluwer, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Engineering Research Education (ERE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. Bob attended St. John’s College, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, completing his master’s degree in theoretical studies and doctoral work in music theory. He lists his interests as tea, music, pipes, design, philosophy, and literature. He is married and has one cat.

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Case Study: Building the ASCE Thesaurus
Xi Van Fleet, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Xi Van Fleet will share her experience on how to effectively use the ASCE content in the Civil Engineering Database and free online resources to build robust rules for machine-aided indexing.

Xi holds an MLS from The Catholic University of America in DC and has been working for over 20 years with metadata as a cataloger, indexer and database manager with different organizations. For the past 13 years, Xi has been with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), managing the Civil Engineering Database.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM BREAK
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Case Study: Data Harmony Custom Features as Implemented for Triumph Learning
Kirk Sanders, Access Innovations, Inc.

Educational publisher Triumph Learning required taxonomies for precise alignment of standards-based instruction materials in a new content management system (CMS). Access Innovations designed mapping strategies to connect diverse vocabulary branches, using codes, identifiers, and natural language anchor points. Access Innovations captured a teaching standard’s complex structure and cross-linked it with the client’s teacher- and student-specific skills. Data Harmony programmers created a new export indicating the ‘full path’ of each preferred term, making it possible for Triumph Learning’s CMS implementation team to build flexible navigation and mapping options. The math and English taxonomies contain seven thousand high-quality terms for in-depth content tagging.

Kirk Sanders is an editorial services project manager, with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Oberlin College. He has private industry and government sector experience in ensuring information quality. A technical editor since the mid-1990s, Kirk was on the first SGML tagging crew assigned by Access Innovations to large-scale document conversion, a major focus of the company’s effort at the time. Encoding text in complex markup began with projects for Kimberly-Clark and continued with coordination responsibilities for Kluwer Law International and HighWire Press. He taught himself HTML with CSS to create early versions of the website. More recent information projects often center around controlled vocabularies such as taxonomies. Off-duty, Kirk is a cook with a talent for classic American dishes.

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Presentation: Using Lucene for Search within XIS
Allexander Lyons, Access Innovations, Inc.

XIS will now search its docsets using a Lucene index rather than a random access file for searching. Lucene search is faster and more reliable and uses fewer files to keep track of indexes than random access files. Allex will discuss this function and describe the benefits users of the Data Harmony XIS module will enjoy.

Allexander Lyons joins the Access Innovations team after spending eight years as a programmer for Kirtland Air Force Base. He is the lead programmer for Data Harmony’s Microsoft SharePoint integration project and has written programs for the American Institute of Physics’ author disambiguation project and Access Innovations’ latest venture, Access Integrity, which applies Data Harmony indexing technology to electronic medical records. Allex graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Marshall University. In his free time, Allex enjoys writing, composing, and producing music for his record label, Jenova Records.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM LUNCH
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Presentation: Sneak Peek at Ontology Master
Bob Kasenchak, Access Innovations, Inc.

The ontology is a cousin of the thesaurus: a controlled vocabulary with a rich network of terms and relationships. Like a thesaurus, an ontology can be leveraged for document classification and other implementations. Interest in ontologies is on the rise, and Access Innovations is currently developing a product designed specifically to build and manage ontological networks. In this talk, Bob Kasenchak will briefly outline the difference between a thesaurus and an ontology — and give a sneak peak of our new software application, which we’ve dubbed “Ontology Master.”

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Presentation: Leveraging Records Management with Documentum, Author Submit, and MAIstro
Marjorie M.K. Hlava and Leland Yates, Access Innovations, Inc.

A current Data Harmony client needed to build a semantic enrichment engine for the capture of documents as they are uploaded to the Documentum system. Using a combination of Author Submit and MAIstro with the client’s thesaurus, the tech team implemented a semantically rich environment for the authors to deposit and index their documents during the deposit stream to the Documentum software. They also implemented the search end of the system so that the documents are much more findable. Following the lead of the IEEE Documentum installation, the documents are indexed by their authors at the time of upload, so that time is saved and authors’ expertise is captured. This case study outlines the workflow and emphasizes the system’s versatility.

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM Presentation: Inline Tagging and Dictionary Connection
Gena San Nicolas, Access Innovations, Inc.

The Data Harmony Inline Tagging feature uses M.A.I. to produce tagged subject terms within the body of content for XML and other repositories using ‘tag-aware’ search engines. Learn how this feature leverages your subject metadata to add value to your data collection.

Gena M. San Nicolas, an editor and taxonomist at Access Innovations, holds a master’s degree in biology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2005 from the University of New Mexico, and a professional master’s of science degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Her experience in the healthcare world as a patient services specialist has been invaluable for Access Innovations’ healthcare-related projects. Gena’s professional affiliations include the American Medical Writers Association and the Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society.

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM Presentation: Taxonomy Bread and Circuses
Jay Ven Eman, Access Innovations, Inc.

Why are taxonomies so hot? Why are they needed? What problems do they solve? What opportunities do they open for you? There are many myths, misunderstandings, and misrepresentations about taxonomies. Taxonomies need to be thoroughly understood before you can assess their value for your organization. While obtaining or building one does not have to be an expensive proposition, cost can quickly escalate while usefulness can decline or be misdirected. An understanding must come first, followed by an analysis of your situation, and then an implementation plan. So much for the easy part! After the implementation plan comes the implementation. Do you have the right tools? Do you have the available expertise? Do you have the time? What about applying your new taxonomy to your content? Your taxonomy is only as useful as its applicability to labeling or indexing or categorizing your content. Indexing is typically the largest cost component, and will make or break your project.

Jay Ven Eman, Ph.D., joined Access Innovations in December 1978. He holds a B.A. in finance from the University of Washington in Seattle, an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico, and a doctorate in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He uses his dissertation topic of long range planning and organizational effectiveness in hospitals to good advantage at Access Innovations. As Chief Executive Officer, he has contributed to every aspect of the business. At Access Innovations, he guides the sales, marketing, and strategic planning departments. Formerly, he was in charge of Access Innovations’ database production services, with responsibility for the design and conversion of large, legacy databases for a variety of government and private organizations. He writes, conducts workshops, consults, and helps build large scale, complex, information rich databases. A past president of ASIDIC, Jay is a popular speaker and has given many presentations, workshops and seminars on ontologies, topic maps, database development, legacy file conversions, SGML, HTML, XML, and related topics.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM WRAP-UP
Margie Hlava, Access Innovations, Inc.
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