Portable Phenotyping System: A Portable Machine-Learning Approach to i2b2 Obesity Challenge Conference Paper uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Depressive Disorder, Major
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Primary Health Care


  • © 2018 IEEE. This paper presents a portable phenotyping system that is capable of integrating both rule-based and statistical machine learning based approaches. Our system utilizes UMLS to extract clinically relevant features from the unstructured text and then facilitates portability across different institutions and data systems by incorporating ODHSI's OMOP Common Data Model (CDM) to standardize necessary data elements. Our system can also store the key components of rule-based systems (e.g., regular expression matches) in the format of OMOP CDM, thus enabling the reuse, adaptation and extension of many existing rule-based clinical NLP systems. We experimented our system on the corpus from i2b2's Obesity Challenge as a pilot study. Our system facilitates portable phenotyping of obesity and its 15 comorbidities based on the unstructured patient discharge summaries, while achieving a performance that often ranked among the top 10 of the challenge participants. This standardization enables a consistent application of numerous rule-based and machine learning based classification techniques downstream.

publication date

  • July 16, 2018



  • Conference Paper


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/ICHI-W.2018.00032

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 86

end page

  • 87