“Sentinel Initiative”: Data-Mining Side Effects on the Internet


Researchers at the University of Virginia and West Virginia University are fine-tuning the “Sentinel Initiative”; algorithms that find patterns of drug side effects by monitoring comments in online chat rooms and on websites. The approach has found side effects, the researchers say, months or years ahead of FDA warnings.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].