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ZyDoc Expands NIH SBIR NLP Grant for EHR Usability Research Study to Other Facilities

Islandia, NY February 8, 2013 – ZyDoc, an Islandia, NY-based medical informatics company, has been awarded Phase I SBIR grant funding by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health for a study involving ZyDoc’s NLP-powered MediSapien™ knowledge management platform.  James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman of ZyDoc is the Principal Investigator (P.I.) for the project, entitled “Applying NLP to Free Text as an EHR Data Capture Method to Improve EHR Usability.” The study compares the documentation quality, efficiency, and user satisfaction resulting from a method of EHR data capture involving MediSapien NLP (natural language processing) with results from standard methods. ZyDoc was among only 16% of NLM grant applicants to be awarded funding in 2011. The $150,000 project is funded entirely from the grant and is a potential precursor to Phase II funding.

ZyDoc has received IRB approval from a prominent New York-area teaching hospital for the research study, and additional test sites are now being sought. Researchers at Columbia University will be participating in the study, which also measures the accuracy of ICD-10 coding generated by MediSapien NLP. Facilities interested in participating in the study, including public or private hospitals and physician groups, are invited to contact James Maisel at

MediSapien was launched at the HIMSS Annual Conference in February 2012 expanding the ZyDoc family of documentation and knowledge management solutions featuring NLP-powered generation of structured codes from unstructured text.  Those codes are formulated in industry standard HL7 CDA Level III R2 messages suitable for insertion in any ONC-certified EHR. MediSapien solutions are primarily marketed through its channel partner network, which includes EHRs, Billing and RCM providers, Analytics companies, and MTSOs. For EHR Channel Partners, MediSapien offers a value-added service to provide objective third-party usability evaluations. For clinician end-users, MediSapien can be utilized in conjunction with existing or planned EHR installations, and can facilitate compliance with Meaningful Use mandates.

“This is an exciting time for ZyDoc and MediSapien” explains Maisel. “While we prove out our solutions in the marketplace in 2013, the grant allows ZyDoc to scientifically measure the usability, efficiency and accuracy of MediSapien.  In the study, doctors will complete typical medical encounters with dictation vs. EHR data entry with keyboard and mouse.  The text will be inserted into the EHR along with the structured coded data extracted by MediSapien. The resultant EHR documentation will be analyzed by document experts and graded for accuracy and other parameters. The SBIR-funded study is a potential precursor to Phase II-funding.”

A research collaborator on the study, David Kaufman, PhD, formerly a research scientist at Columbia University and now at the University of Arizona, offers this perspective, “Although EHRs are promising tools for improving healthcare, it is widely known that the user experience is frequently suboptimal resulting in dissatisfaction and low rates of adoption. This is partly due to the fact that clinicians spend many hours interacting with unwieldy systems documenting patient records. MediSapien is a promising instrument that may serve to reduce the cognitive burden on clinicians and enable EHRs to be instruments of clinical communication and tools that can greatly enhance patient care.”

About ZyDoc and MediSapien

Based in Islandia, New York, ZyDoc is a national leading-edge medical knowledge management company founded in 1993 to develop medical informatics solutions. Under the leadership of James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman, the company has developed award-winning documentation and knowledge management solutions.  The e-transcription infrastructure and speech recognition solutions are now complemented by the disruptive enabling MediSapien NLP technology. The ZyDoc suite of tools can be assembled into seamless flexible solutions for documentation and knowledge management needs. Each award-winning, easy to use module offers the best-in-class performance and is designed to be seamless integrated in a scalable, interoperable, HIPAA secure customizable solution.   Cloud based ZyDoc solutions are always accessible and robust and offer enhanced capabilities for medical knowledge workers.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R43LM011165. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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ZyDoc Empowers Channel Partners with MediSapien: An NLP-Powered Medical Knowledge Management Platform Incorporating Disruptive/Enabling Technology

LAS VEGAS – February 20, 2012 – James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman of ZyDoc Medical Transcription, LLC, an award-winning New York-based medical transcription technology and informatics firm, is pleased to introduce the MediSapien Medical Knowledge Management Platform at the HIMSS12 annual conference in Las Vegas, February 20-24, Booth #13421. The company’s new MediSapien™ business will be distinguished from ZyDoc Transcription to focus on NLP-powered industry solutions sold through channel partners, including EHRs, Billing and RCM, Analytics, and MTSOs. At HIMSS, MediSapien will demonstrate how unstructured text can be automatically coded and inserted into an ONC-certified EHR.

MediSapien™ is an enterprise-class web-based platform for service partners to convert unstructured text into fully coded structured data. MediSapien accepts dictation or text from transcription vendors, legacy data and EHRs. The fully coded structured output, including ICD-10, is suitable for insertion into EHRs and facilitates interoperability. MediSapien also performs computer-assisted coding (CAC) for revenue cycle management companies and data mining optimized for health data analytics partners. The MediSapien platform supports independent application developers.

“ZyDoc will be exhibiting at HIMSS12 under the MediSapien brand name,” explains Maisel. “Conference attendees can visit Booth #13421 to view the disruptive but enabling MediSapien™ Medical Knowledge Management Platform technology for channel partners. The platform, which couples NLP with multiple patent-pending processes, represents a paradigm shift by leveraging the power of unstructured text to populate EHRs with structured coded data that facilitates Meaningful Use, and multiple secondary uses. It will enable the approximately 40% of physicians who have not adopted EHR to make a seamless transition using dictation.

“From the outset,” adds Maisel, “MediSapien has been designed to facilitate interoperability. Although a primary goal of the HITECH act is data exchange across boundaries, its achievement has been slow because it presents major challenges. MediSapien lowers the barrier to interoperability by providing standardized data that can be shared at the data level between EHRs and through the Verizon Medical Data Exchange and other Health Information Exchanges.”

To illustrate how MediSapien can be integrated with an ONC-certified EHR, and how the MediSapien platform enables the exchange of clinical documents between disparate EHRs in secure, industry-standard format, an EHR will be operational in the MediSapien booth at HIMSS.

According to Ashish Bhatt, VP Business Development, “MediSapien offers a strong value proposition for each of our primary channels. Channel partners and their clients, including EHRs, Billing and RCM, Analytics, and MTSOs, and end-users such as Health Care Providers can utilize the entire MediSapien platform infrastructure or select standalone functionalities such as speech recognition and computer-assisted coding. Channel partners also gain exclusive access to our partner network and new business development opportunities.”

MediSapien Channel Partners can schedule appointments by calling 800.546.-5633 x 718 to meet during HIMSS12 to learn how they can deliver speech recognition, computer-assisted coding, and structured data solutions to their clients using the Medical Knowledge Management Platform. Registration and information is also available at

About MediSapien and ZyDoc

Based in Hauppauge, New York, ZyDoc is a leading-edge medical knowledge management company that was founded in 1993 to develop medical informatics technologies. Under the leadership of James M. Maisel, M.D., Chairman, the company has developed award-winning e-transcription infrastructure and speech recognition solutions. ZyDoc will now focus on transcription services. MediSapien will operate as a new technology business in 2012 specifically to assist ZyDoc clients and MediSapien Channel Partners including EHRs, MTSOs, Billing/RCM, Analytics, and Health Care Providers in meeting the new standards and data requirements that are transforming the health care industry.

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