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Friday, February 8, 2013

Recent Examples of Infrastructure (Databases and Analytics) Engagements in Healthcare (IBM, Truven, Oracle, ATG)

For those of you who enjoyed our reports on informatics platform development in the UK (use the search feature on the blog to look for posts referencing 'NOCRI'), we're going to be focusing again on enterprise platforms which support service delivery and research with a global lens in the coming months. To whet your appetite for upcoming posts here's a selection of projects we've come across in the last week:
 From HealthDataManagement.comTruven Health Analytics has introduced a new suite of products for statewide health information exchanges, called HIE Advantage Analytics
The suite is designed to enable public health officials to access and analyze operational and clinical statistical data in a state’s HIE. The West Virginia Health Information Network is an early adopter.
HIE Advantage uses near real-time clinical data from providers, claims data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and data from other sources that are stored in state HIE repositories. The goal is to monitor community health status while improving outcomes, according to Truven Health, previously the health care business of Thomson Reuters.
Reports analyze prevalence, process of care and outcome metrics for specific diseases, as well as rates of screening and preventive care to identify communities at higher risk for poor health status. More information is available here.
From Investors.comThe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Selects Oracle Applications and Technology as Part of Platform to Help Transform Cancer Care
·         MD Anderson, one of the world's most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, has selected Oracle Health Sciences applications and Oracle technology as the foundation for an organization-wide analytics initiative designed to enable a new generation of personalized cancer treatment that improves outcomes. The platform will also support the center's renowned Moon Shots Program, an unprecedented effort to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.
·         Oracle applications and technology will power the enterprise analytics initiative, one of the program's platforms. The new platform will bring together clinical, genomic, financial, administrative and operational information from internal and external sources to yield insights that drive care innovation and optimize operational efficiency.
·         To achieve its goals, the center, ranked first for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey for seven of the last nine years, will deploy a wide range of Oracle solutions, including Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics and Oracle Translational Research Center
·         MD Anderson, which sees data growth of 30 percent to 40 percent annually, is also deploying Oracle Database and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.

From Executive Biz IBM to Provide Int’l Medical Research Facility with IT Infrastructure, Application Support
IBM and the Dmitry Rogachev Clinical Center have entered into a contract of agreement to deploy PureFlex integrated systems in the Clinic’s facilities to bolster IT support, according to an IBM statement.
“By 2015, we expect to increase the volume of clinical tests five times and to be able to cover 5,000 primary patients generating over a petabyte of medical data,” said Igor Pyatnitsa, head of operations at the Russian Federal Scientific-Clinical Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology.
“This is valuable data which we must effectively store and manage for medical and legal reasons. IBM’s PureFlex systems help us to do this effectively while controlling costs and ensuring the highest levels of data security,” he added.
The agreement is an extension of an existing contract for the IBM PureSystems roll out.
The center focuses on finding treatment for blood disorders, cancer, immune system diseases, and other diseases. It is a part of the Russian Ministry of Health and a chief collaborator on more than 400 projects, 100 clinical trials and 20,000 medical tests per year.
This will be the first time PureFlex will be used in Russia. PureFlex technology will assist the center with installing fast systems and critical medical applications.
It will also help in organizing their extensive medical data repository through an automatic locator using existing applications. The hospital hopes that this will lead to better collaboration and field research.
Andrey Filatov, Director, IBM Systems and Technology Group for IBM in Russia and the CIS said the PureFlex Systems is meant to provide a platform for Russian healthcare and medical research development.
The offering is tuned for cloud computing and can consolidate more than 100 databases on a single system and helps to rapidly deploy medical applications.

From Executive BizAllied Technology Designing, Analyzing Army Medical Research Projects [Databases, Analytics]
Maryland-based information technology and engineering provider Allied Technology Group has won a five-year contract to help a U.S. Army medical research facility in Silver Spring design, analyze and report on projects.
ATG says its statisticians and public health analysts work with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research ("the largest and most diverse biomedical research laboratory in the Department of Defense") to include and exclude criteria, select study subjects, develop analytic databases and analyze statistics.
The company will provide the institute a team of epidemiologists, biostatisticians and administrative personnel for analysis, collecting and entering data, managing databases and programming computers.
Since 2007, ATG says staff members have authored and co-authored articles for 30 peer-reviewed publications and 34 scientific presentations on their work at the institute.

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