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QPID (Queriable Patient Inference Dossier) Informatics

The QPID (Queriable Patient Inference Dossier) Informatics group includes physicians and computer scientists who are developing a novel platform capable of extracting useful patterns of electronic health record data from clinical data repositories.

QPID (Queriable Patient Inference Dossier) is a health intelligence platform incorporating an EHR (electronic health record) search engine, a scalable library of HIPAA-compliant search queries, and a programming system for application and query development. In February 2013, group members launched a company that uses the platform to retrieve and integrate EHR data into clinical practice.

Using QPID, we have developed and deployed a suite of department-specific applications that substantially improve the integration of EHR information into clinical and administrative work, leading to improved efficiency, safety, and workflow.

This programmable, ontology driven search engine can be used to extract detailed information from a single patient's record or be run against an entire care unit census. Unique to QPID is the ability to search EHRs by clinical concepts and automate complex structured queries whose results can then be integrated into a web browser or other software application. This platform has immense potential with regards to data mining for clinical, research, and administrative uses and has already been implemented within multiple departments at Mass General.

Unique features of QPID:

  1. Ability for users to specify any arbitrary topic of interest and operationalize automatically the retrieval of information related to the topic.
  2. Automation of search by schedule, census, cohort, or individual patient.
  3. Innovative "no click" navigation of the EHR, which improves the utility of the information.

Projects

QPID GI

The Department of Gastroenterology uses a unique QPID alert system to prescreen high-risk patients scheduled for conscious sedation.

QPID Anesthesia

The Department of Anesthesia has incoporated QPID as a tool to prescreen and manage patients with diabetes in the operating room.

QPID ED

The Emergency Departments at both Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital utilize a custom built QPID application to rapidly gather and organize salient patient information resulting in better informed healthcare decisions.

QPID Palliative Care

Using published criteria, custom built QPID search queries identify inpatients who might be appropriate referrals for Palliative Care. This has reduced the burden on the small palliative care team, improved patient care, and helped MGH meet pay-for-performance screening targets.

QPID MRI Safety

QPID searches have been developed to prescreen patients scheduled for MRI and alerts healthcare providers to possible contraindications improving safety and limiting workflow disruptions.

QPID Contrast Related Adverse Events Module

A multivariable logistic regression-based prediction score for assessing the risk of contrast media induced nephropathy (CMIN) has been developed based on QPID functionality.  This module will be incorporated into the Radiology Order Entry (ROE) system within the next year with the hope of reducing the rate of CMIN throughout the health care enterprise.

QPID Radiology

Contextual information regarding indications for imaging exams is often lacking. Using QPID, patient specific abstracts can now be generated which are tailored towards a radiologist's needs to improve the quality of interpretation and speed interpretation time.

QPID group members

Back row, left to right: Stefaan Heyvaert, Neeraj Joshi, Gaurav Singal, Abraham Lin, Sarita Nair. Front Row, left to right: Garry Choy, Arun Krishnaraj, Mike Zalis, Mitch Harris, Jim McGaffigan.

Michael E. Zalis, MD
Associate professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, QPID Informatics

Mitchell A. Harris, PhD
Chief architect and chief technology officer, QPID Informatics

Stefaan Heyvaert, MA
Software Engineer

Abraham Lin, AB
Software engineer

Jim McGaffigan, MBA
QPID Business Operations Manager

Sarita Nair, MS
Software engineer

Neeraj Joshi, MS
Software engineer

Gaurav Singal, MD
Resident Physician, MGH
Clincial Developer, QPID Informatics

Garry Choy, MD, MSc
Instructor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Clinical developer, QPID Informatics

Arun Krishnaraj, MD, MPH
Instructor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School
Clinical developer, QPID Informatics fellow

 

Open positions

Position: Developer with Emphasis on Systems Management
Responsibilities:

Academic research group based at MGH seeks software engineer to assist in implementation of a rich internet, medically oriented search application with a web based front end and database-linked backend. Duties will include general application development work and will include some system administration, including hardware, virtual environment and db management duties. Applicants will work with existing team of developers and managers and will report to chief technology officer of the group.

Qualifications:
Experience managing and configuring virtual environments, databases, and web applications.

  • Java, Perl, Javascript programming
  • Unix system administration (shell scripts, SQL database programming and administration)
  • Apache and Tomcat web server administration
  • Subversion version control, Ant build management
  • Hibernate, Spring, AJAX/RIA experience a plus.


Position: Developer with Emphasis on Natural Language Processing / Machine Learning

Responsibilities:

Academic research group based at MGH seeks software engineer to assist in development and implementation of a rich internet, medically oriented search application with a web based front end and database-linked backend. Duties will include application development, deployment and support, with emphasis on natural language processing and machine learning. Applicants will work with existing team of developers and managers and will report to chief technology officer of the group.

Qualifications:

  • Experience developing and implementing text NLP and machine learning techniques.
  • Java, Perl, Javascript programming
  • Unix system administration (shell scripts, SQL database programming and administration)
  • Apache and Tomcat web server administration
  • Subversion version control, Ant build management
  • Hibernate, Spring, AJAX/RIA experience a plus.
Position: Developer with Emphasis on Systems Management

Responsibilities:
Academic research group based at MGH seeks software engineer
to assist in implementation of a rich internet, medically oriented  
search application with a web based front end and database-linked
backend. Duties will include general application development work and will include some system administration, including hardware, virtual environment and db management duties. Applicants will work with existing team of developers and managers and will report to chief technology officer of the group.

Qualifications:
Experience managing and configuring virtual environments, databases, and web applications.
Java, Perl, Javascript programming
Unix system administration (shell scripts,
SQL database programming and administration
Apache and Tomcat web server administration
Subversion version control, Ant build management

Hibernate, Spring, AJAX/RIA experience a plus.
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Position: Developer with Emphasis on Natural Language Processing / Machine Learning
Responsibilities:
Academic research group based at MGH seeks software engineer
to assist in development and implementation of a rich internet, medically oriented search application with a web based front end and database-linked backend. Duties will include application development, deployment and support, with emphasis on natural language processing and machine learning. Applicants will work with existing team of developers and managers and will report to chief technology officer of the group.

Qualifications:
Experience developing and implementing text NLP and machine learning techniques.
Java, Perl, Javascript programming
Unix system administration (shell scripts,
SQL database programming and administration
Apache and Tomcat web server administration
Subversion version control, Ant build management

Hibernate, Spring, AJAX/RIA experience a plus.

Michael Zalis, MD

25 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-726-0583
Email: mzalis@partners.org