Mathew Palakal

School of Informatics and Computing, Allegient awarded $844K grant for geriatric caregiving project

May 17, 2012

The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and Indianapolis-based IT consulting firm, Allegient LLC, have been awarded an $843,730 grant from the National Institute of Health and the National Institute on Aging, to develop new tools for collecting, analyzing and capturing knowledge from senior caregiving literature.

The project will ultimately work toward the advancement of automatic knowledge acquisition from unstructured data – an area of growth and increased focus for Allegient.

Significant growth of the country’s senior population is expected to challenge the capacity of this segment of the U.S. health system in the near future. Concurrently, alternative strategies to support seniors living independently will be critical in controlling these demands on the system as well as the enormous cost-pressure realized by increasing numbers of seniors requiring care.

“The School of Informatics and Computing’ text mining laboratory will add key research to the development of the automated knowledge acquisition system,” said Mathew Palakal, Ph.D., and associate dean for graduate studies and research. “This technology will mine large, text-based literature databases, giving senior care facilities and providers access to the most current geriatric health research — information that could dramatically influence care decisions made by seniors and their families.”

“This automated knowledge technology directly addresses the challenges of senior care by helping geriatric care managers and other health professionals provide the best caregiving advice,” said Eric Tinsley, the project’s principle investigator and vice president of service delivery for Allegient. “This technology dramatically improves the efficiency, completeness, consistency, and quality of the knowledge available for care planning.”

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