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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance (PHDA) to tackle some of healthcare’s deepest data challenges.

John G. Baresky

AWS and PHDA will work together based on a machine learning research sponsorship that Amazon provides. The program’s aim is to help accelerate advancements in healthcare that are data-heavy initiatives including medical imaging, population health, precision medicine and oncology. A total of 8 studies are featured in the initiative.

PHDA was formed in 2015 and is a partnership consisting of:

  • University of Pittsburgh (PITT)
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

AWS and PHDA are clinical and technical superpowers

By combining the cloud and analytic resources of AWS with the clinical and technical intellect of PHDA, data-driven insights can be arrived at sooner. Healthcare is a data generating and data-dependent industry. Electronic health records (EHR), diagnostic data, patient outcomes data, imaging files and other healthcare information system resources are intricate, vast and not always compatible based on the specific functions and phases of patient care they are involved with.

UPMC continues to transform itself as a healthcare organization

Each of the organizations brings something unique and valuable to the venture. UPMC is a global leader in patient care and the advancement of medicine. The healthcare provider organization has a multidimensional business complete with hospitals, clinics, commercial health plan as well as a venture funding department known as UPMC Enterprises.

The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University embrace the far reaches of computing technology

Pitt and CMU are two well-known and highly respected universities. They and Westinghouse formed the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) in 1968. The organization has decades of experience in advanced computing sciences and progressed through generations of CRAY, D.E. Shaw Research (DESRES), HP, IBM, Intel, NVIDIA, SGI and other supercomputing hardware and software technologies.

Much to look forward to in healthcare innovation

The combination of academic, clinical and commercial enterprise resources the PHDA and AWS collaboration represents is significant. Through the study of real-world medical data conducted by esteemed clinicians and foremost computing minds using the latest in computing technology, advanced patient care and positive outcomes will be realized sooner.

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