Streamlining Healthcare and Research: The Story of Elasticsearch at UCLA Health

As today's healthcare institutions generate more data as a result of the modernization of health record systems, they need a way to search through electronic health records (EHR) and find meaningful insights. UCLA Health has chosen Elasticsearch as its tool of choice to index, search, and produce more thorough, actionable results for clinicians and researchers.

Vivek, Shehzad, and Paul will share how they created a tool using AngularJS, HTML5, Microsoft .NET and NEST libraries with Elasticsearch to index and search through pathology cases, including clinical notes, lab results, and text, in order to retrieve historic patient cases to help with the diagnosis of difficult-to-diagnose cases.

Vivek Katakwar

Vivek Katakwar is currently an Analytics Application Developer at UCLA Health. He has been with UCLA Health for over three years and has 17 years of experience creating solutions for Fortune 500, mid-sized, and large companies across multiple industries, including banking, insurance and law business management, and healthcare. He is passionate about using the latest technologies to solve business problems.

Prior to UCLA Health, Vivek worked in the insurance and banking industry designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining variety of software applications.

Shehzad Sheikh

Shehzad has over 15 years of experience of managing, architecting, designing, developing, implementing and maintaining variety of software applications for the Fortune 500, mid-sized companies and startups. He is currently serving as a Manager of Analytic Solutions at UCLA Health for last four years with a vastly diversified skilled team working in a variety of healthcare areas, EHR, and applications with a strong focus on delivering custom enterprise solutions, integration, and real-time analytics.

Previously, Shehzad worked at AIG (American International Group) managing large scale and high volume applications pertaining to real-time broker dealer systems, integrated with clearing firms. He has also worked at major telecommunication and insurance companies in various technical capacities.

Paul Tung

Paul Tung is currently a solutions architect at UCLA Health. He has been with UCLA Health for over 11 years and has over 24 years of experience creating solutions for startups, mid-sized, and large companies across multiple industries, including telecommunications, financial, and healthcare. He is passionate about using technology and data to solve business problems.

Prior to UCLA Health, Paul did consulting in the telecommunications industry and worked for start-ups in the financial and banking industries, wearing many hats from business systems analyst to developer to systems architect and many more.