Written by Heather Shapiro, Gavin Bauman, and Andrew Reitano
Original artical appears HERE

Microsoft joined the Englander Institute of Precision Medicine (IPM) at Weill Cornell Medicine for a weeklong hackfest to develop a chatbot that supports both text and voice interactions with the Precision Medicine Knowledgebase (PMKB) for clinical cancer variants and interpretations.

The knowledge base currently supports 163 genes and 518 variants with 404 clinical interpretations. Pathologists and researchers are tasked with accessing this information by clicking through the given portal; however, in an attempt to make the knowledge base more mobile, we created a bot using the Microsoft Bot Framework that connects to several channels including Microsoft Teams, Skype, Slack, and WebChat. As a result, clinicians can access this data in many different ways and make life-changing clinical decisions at a faster rate. Through the use of natural language processing (NLP) within LUIS, we were able access this data and display it for the user more quickly.

The medical school launched the PMKB Bot into production in April 2017.

“The Microsoft team had the opportunity to attend some of our meetings, demo the bot to our pathologists at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian. Overall feedback was very positive, resulting in launching this publicly on our next release cycle in the coming weeks.”

— Alexandros Sigaras, Research Associate in Computational Biomedicine, Weill Cornell Medicine