199 years ago, Florence Nightingale, an English social reformer and statistician who founded the profession of modern nursing, was born on May 12, 1890 in Florence, Italy. Yes, Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy! Each year around the world, we celebrate the week before Florence Nightingale's birthday as National Nurses Week and pay tribute to the countless nurses who play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices around the United States and the world.
According to the American Nursing Association, nurses make up the biggest health care occupation in the United States. There are more than 4 million registered nurses in the country. Nurses play a vital role in communicating between doctors, patients and their families as well as caring for patients, administering medicine and supervising staff.
Nurses also play a critical role in bringing clinical expertise to the health technology industry. Talix is lucky to have a Registered Nurse on our team, Michael Patton, who serves as Talix's Senior Director of Medical Informatics. Michael, who has been with Talix for 14 years, leads “all things clinical” for our clients. With his team of medical doctors, Michael works closely with Talix’s research and development team to validate the relationships between clinical conditions, medications, symptoms, laboratory procedures and treatments. His clinical expertise has been instrumental in growing Talix’s taxonomy—the most comprehensive digital map in healthcare today—which forms the foundation of our renowned Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning technology. As a result, Talix has been able to offer more efficient and accurate coding to health plans and providers that has led to reduced costs, stronger financial performance, better care planning and improved patient outcomes.
Talix salutes Nurse Michael Patton and all of the other nurses across the country and the world. Your passion for patient health is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do!