The MLP websitehas two purposes. For those in the Healthcare field who need timely access to patient information from narrative documents, it provides a system based on Natural Language Processing (NLP) for them to test and possibly adapt or extend for their particular needs. For others, with an interest in language per se and how the vast data of language can be organized for computer processing, the MLP site opens for public examination and use the results of 30-40 years of research and development in NLP, performed primarily at New York University under the aegis of the Linguistic String Project (LSP).
What is the MLP?The MLP — Medical Language Processor — is a system that transforms free-text clinical documents into an XML structured representation of the information in the documents. Document sentences are parsed, further processed to eliminate ambiguities, and mapped into medically labeled structures, called Information Format Units (IFUs). The IFUs are enriched by the addition of medical knowledge tags drawn from the Structured Health Markup Language (SHML). In this form they become Health Information Units (HIUs), the basic unit of description in the final representation. Processed documents are installed in a clinician-oriented viewer to provide users selective access to textual information needed for patient care, or they can be used in other applications.
The MLP medical language processor includes:
And a set of XML tools for browsing and display.