The Medical Export Group (MEG)

Company The Medical Export Group (MEG)
Data maturity Gatherer
Industry Healthcare

Extracting product characteristics from text

MEG is a pharmaceutical wholesale organization that supports governments, NGOs, and aid organizations in responding to medical emergencies and improving access to quality health care. They do this by providing medicine and medical and laboratory equipment, including installation and training. 

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The challenge

MEG’s ambition was to speed up the sales process (customer request to final quote) by making their extensive product inventory more organized and transparent. The sales process could take up to 2 weeks due to the size and product preferences of the request, whereas MEG would like to give the customer a relevant offer right away. An obstacle to this was that product features (such as drug type, quantity, price) were in one variable, namely the product description. This got in the way of item findability and readability. 

What we did

We embarked on a Natural Language Processing (NLP) project exploring whether product properties could be extracted from the product description. If possible, the product properties would then be added to the dataset, which would improve product findability. 

The result

We delivered a script that extracts various product properties from the product description. The results were then added to the existing data set, which in combination with the database’s search filters significantly increased the findability of articles. Also, during the project interesting connections were found within the datasets that proved to be of great value outside the project. Also, documentation on the development of the NLP model, the choices made and reasoning within it, and valuable next steps were defined. 

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