University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has announced a five-year, $100 million investment to create a comprehensive data warehouse and analytics system, Becker's Hospital Review reports (Roney, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/15).
Details of Data Warehouse
The data warehouse will contain administrative, clinical, financial and genomic information from more than 200 entities across UPMC, UPMC Health Plan and other affiliated groups.
To collect, process and manage the data, UPMC is patterning with several technology firms, including:
- Informatica; and
Goals of Initiative
UPMC officials said the initiative will boost clinical and financial analytics, which is expected to advance personalized medicine, population health management and administrative efficiencies. Officials added that the data warehouse will compliment information physicians already have access to in patients' electronic health records.
For example, officials said the data analytics tools could allow physicians to identify patients at risk for kidney failure based on subtle changes in lab results or to predict the most effective treatment for breast cancer patients based on their genetic and clinical data.
Officials also noted that the initiative could help research clinicians compare and share a large volume of medical data, while reducing their reliance on systems that manually process information (Lewis, InformationWeek, 10/15).