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M*Modal Names Chief Medical Informatics Officer

Published on September 28, 2016

Leader of the rapidly growing clinical informatics division of M*Modal, Dr. El Saadawi, M.D., Ph.D., MS, appointed CMIO

FRANKLIN, TENN. – Sept. 28,  2016 – M*Modal, a leading provider of clinical documentation and Speech Understanding™ solutions, today announced the appointment of Dr. Gilan El Saadawi, M.D., Ph.D., MS, to Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO).

In collaboration with leading healthcare provider organizations, El Saadawi works closely with M*Modal’s team of Natural Language Understanding (NLU) engineers, physician and nurse informaticists, CDI and coding professionals, platform architects and application designers, to develop applications that bring clinical knowledge and insights in real-time to caregivers as they are documenting patient encounters.

“M*Modal’s unique speech and language understanding technology offers innovative solutions to close the loop in clinical documentation by understanding both structured and unstructured information,” said El Saadawi. “We are at a unique spot in this industry. We are assisting over 200k physicians day to day in documenting patient care with the M*Modal Fluency platform – with computer assisted physician documentation live in several hundred sites. We have the opportunity to offer real informatics solutions from a physician’s perspective, to optimize clinician’s workflow and patient care,” she said.

Since joining M*Modal, Dr. El Saadawi’s mission has been to move natural language processing and clinical informatics out of the realm of academia and into pragmatic practice for actual healthcare users. Today, over 100M patient encounters are documented using M*Modal’s Fluency and are all automatically interpreted and analyzed for opportunities to ensure the highest quality of documentation and patient care.

“With her guidance, M*Modal has transformed traditional NLP, which is typically used for retrospective analysis of data for research and reporting, into a NLU technology that scales broadly across a number of applications,” said Detlef Koll, M*Modal CTO. “Gilan’s experience as a practicing pathologist combined with a comprehensive background in research and academia, clinical ontologies and clinical inference make her uniquely qualified to bring technology into the everyday realities of healthcare practice,” said Koll.

Gilan’s background includes an M.D. and Ph.D. 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.

About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service providers in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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Mich Michaud