SOURCE: Allegient, LLC

Allegient, LLC

May 17, 2012 09:00 ET

Allegient, Indiana University Awarded $844K Grant for Geriatric Caregiving Project

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - May 17, 2012) - Significant growth of the country's senior population is expected to challenge the capacity of the U.S. health system in the near future. Concurrently, the development of alternative strategies to support caregivers of senior citizens is a critical aspect of controlling the demand on the health system as well as the increased costs. Working in partnership with the Indiana University School of Informatics, Indianapolis-based IT consulting firm, Allegient LLC, is developing new tools for the collecting, analyzing and capturing of knowledge from senior caregiving literature. Funded by an $843,730 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging, the project will ultimately work toward the advancement of automatic knowledge acquisition from unstructured data -- an area of growth and increased focus for Allegient.

"Allegient's deep health industry experience and expertise in handling big data made us a logical fit to manage this endeavour," remarked Allegient President and CEO, Gregg Gallant. "We're thrilled to play a role in the improvement of health care delivery for seniors and their families."

"This automated knowledge technology directly addresses the challenges of senior care by helping geriatric care managers and other health professionals provide the best caregiving advice," stated Eric Tinsley, the project's principle investigator and vice president of service delivery for Allegient. "This technology dramatically improves the efficiency, completeness, consistency, and quality of the knowledge available for care planning."

Spearheaded by Mathew Palakal, Ph.D., the text mining laboratory at the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI will add key research to the development of the automated knowledge acquisition system. The technology will mine large, text-based literature databases, giving senior care facilities and providers access to the most current geriatric health research -- information with the potential to dramatically influence care decisions made by seniors and their families.

About Allegient
Allegient, LLC is a business information technology consulting firm based in Indianapolis, IN. Focused on translating business challenges into technology solutions, Allegient delivers proven results to clients by leveraging cutting-edge technologies and adhering to uniquely disciplined methodologies. As a Gold-Certified Microsoft Partner, Allegient has been the consultant of choice for many of Indiana's leading organizations, since 2001.

For more information regarding Allegient, LLC, please contact Jim Kerr, Vice President of Business Development, at jkerr@allegient.com.

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