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Dr. Rebecca Jacobson

Vice President of Analytics, UPMC Enterprises

Entrepreneurship

The New Patient

Rebecca Jacobson joined UPMC Enterprises in June 2017 as vice president of analytics to lead the organization’s efforts around natural language processing (NLP), a technology that’s key to many projects that are harnessing large amounts of health data.

Jacobson, who spent 16 years as a professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Pittsburgh, was well suited to transition from academics to an organization focused on innovation and commercialization. She is a co-founder of Nexi Inc., a Pittsburgh company that uses NLP and other analytics to produce insights across very large networks of clinical data. She remains a scientific advisor to the company, which licenses clinical NLP technology produced in Jacobson’s lab at Pitt.

For more than 10 years, she also was project director of the TIES Cancer Research Network, an NIH-funded program at Pitt that supports data sharing of NLP-processed notes, structured data, and images across a network of six academic health centers: Pitt/UPMC, University of Pennsylvania, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Georgia Regents University, Thomas Jefferson University Medical Center, and Stonybrook Health.

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