September, 11, 2020

Tools of the Trade: Why We Choose The Tools We Use

Why do we choose the tools we do? If I'm asked to hang a picture in my son’s room, I grab a hammer and a nail or hook. If I’m asked to write a program, then I grab a programming language (compiler) and toolset. Equally easy, no? The challenge is in choosing the right tool—programming language—for the job. A framing hammer would not work to install trim, for instance; a dryer would ruin fine linen. And so it goes. 

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June, 15, 2020

Unsupervised Learning at Protenus

Have you ever answered a CAPTCHA while trying to access a website? Well then it's likely that you are an integral part of training classifier algorithms. Not only do those CAPTCHAs prove you’re a human, they also serve as large repositories for labeled datasets. You are likely teaching the next generation of self-driving cars the difference between a pole and a pedestrian.

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June, 4, 2020

Conducting Customer Research for Healthcare Product Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Subject matter experts are the lifeblood of product development at Protenus. Although these experts exist throughout the industry — as founders, external consultants, colleagues, or friends in the industry — our best information comes from our own customers. The conversations we have with them play a key role in influencing our quarterly product planning process.

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May, 4, 2020

A Sorting Hat? The Protenus Classifier Is So Much More

At the heart of Protenus Compliance Analytics platform lies the Artificial Intelligence (AI) engine that monitors millions of accesses to patient data every day and determines how likely it is for each to warrant further investigation. This AI engine, or the “classifier" as it’s known in data science, is a relatively little nugget compared to all the different processes our clients’ data go through every day to produce cases which are narratives explaining why certain interactions have been flagged as suspicious. Just a fraction, less than 2%, of a day’s run is spent on classification, while the rest goes to pre-processing, data aggregation, feature calculation, and alert and case generation.

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April, 20, 2020

What’s a Cyborg Got to Do With It? Artificial Intelligence and Partnerships are the Core of Protenus

Artificial intelligence is an incredibly popular topic these days as it is becoming more prevalent in our daily lives: from letting an autonomous car determine if a person or a plastic bag is in front of it, to reading a chest radiograph to detect cancer or other disease, to determining if a dangerous leak is occurring on an oil or gas pipeline. 

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