Moffitt Cancer Center is using Cisco Pulse video analytics to search and tag videos by speaker or topic to aid cancer research.
Moffitt Cancer Center,
in Tampa, Fla., is using the Cisco Pulse video analytics platform to
search through videos using keywords to enable more efficient cancer research
Pulse uses voice recognition to
search through videos using keyword tagging. Users can browse libraries of
videos by speaker or topic.
The system presents tags
automatically and identifies experts and content. "The system is automated
so it will learn via speech recognition who's presenting," John Maass,
manager of conferencing technology systems and
support, Moffitt Cancer Center, told eWEEK.
It automatically generates two to five speakers and learns
them," added David Stringfellow, systems architect
for Moffitt Cancer Center. "They're identified in all new
Arrows show each point in the video
that a keyword appears, so viewers can go right to the information they need.
With doctors balancing time spent on
research as well as treating patients, the video searching makes their time
more efficient, Maass explained.
Researchers can sort through 18,000
minutes of video to find the information they need, according to Cisco.
Moffitt is using Pulse along with
Cisco's Digital Media Suite, which are applications for Webcasting, video
sharing, digital signage and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV).
Among the cancer center's 4,500
employees, 95 percent are using Pulse, according to Cisco.
The researchers use Pulse to capture
lectures and presentations on video and search them by topics such as a
particular disease, a type of drug therapy or a gene, said Stringfellow.
"We're doing groundbreaking
work as we're planning discoveries and techniques to fight this disease,"
Moffitt has also deployed Pulse
internally to employees so it can be used during the organization's monthly
staff meetings. It plans to roll out Pulse video analytics in an external
portal by November to patients and their families as well as staff, said Maass.
Unlike with YouTube, where most videos
are a few minutes long, videos in health care, education and business are about
an hour long, Didier Moretti, vice president and general manager of Ciscos
Media Experience and Analytics business, told eWEEK.
Using Pulse, researchers can search
for a keyword such as oncology and find the relevant five-minute segment within
an hour-long video, said Moretti.
Pulse has a voice imprint feature
that allows it to recognize specific speakers, he said.
Prior to Pulse, Moffitt had a video
portal 10 or 15 years ago that lacked the search capabilities of the current
platform, said Maass. "If you knew the title or date, you could look
through fairly easily with poor quality and hopefully watch what you're looking
for," Maass recalled. "It wasn't very searchable."
Now users can log in to Pulse in a
secure connection and find content specific to Moffitt, said Maass.
Pulse searches Websites and document
libraries to build a vocabulary list of terms, according to Stringfellow.
We went through hundreds of thousands of pages to get spoken
keywords," he said.
"It builds what it thinks is
your vocabulary list," added Stringfellow. "We took that and narrowed
In addition, Pulse eliminates the
need for researchers to look through pages and pages of electronic newsletters,
Moffitt is also testing Pulse for
live diagnostics with ultrasound along with the Cisco TelePresence video
conferencing platform. TelePresence is used for virtual telehealth sessions
as well as court depositions, said Stringfellow.
"We have affiliates and global
partners record telehealth sessions, then it goes into a repository for
transcoding and analytics sessions," Stringfellow explained. "Docs
can research what was spoken about during the course of treatment."