Dr. Gilan El Saadawi joined M*Modal in June 2012. As M*Modal’s Chief Medical Informatics Officer, she is responsible for our clinical informatics strategy, including the development and subsequent integration of clinical information models and Natural Language Understanding (NLU) into M*Modal’s clinical documentation platform.
Gilan’s experience as a practicing pathologist combined with a comprehensive background in research and academia make her uniquely qualified to bring technology into the everyday realities of health care practice. Gilan’s background includes an MD and PhD in Pathology from Ain Shams University in Egypt, as well as a Master’s Degree in Medical Informatics from the University of Pittsburgh. Her time spent as managing consultant for CAP (College of American Pathologists) in addition to her role as assistant professor and Director of Medical Vocabulary Services at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC firmly established her credibility with the academic and scientific community.
However, Gilan’s goal since joining M*Modal has been to move the science of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and clinical informatics out of the realm of the academic and into pragmatic practice for actual health care users. With her guidance, M*Modal has transformed traditional NLP, which is typically used for retrospective analysis of data for research and reporting, into a technology that scales broadly across a number of applications. Gilan’s passion is to transform clinical documentation into the tool that helps healthcare personnel along the documentation lifecycle, whether it is a doctor, a CDI specialist, a coder, or a case manager.
Gilan works closely with a team of NLP engineers, physician and nurse informaticists, CDI and coding professionals, platform architects, and application designers, often in collaboration with our health care provider customers, to develop real-world tools for day-to-day use by health care professionals.