Johns Hopkins has a number of analytics efforts under way, including several focused on patient safety. For example, a partnership between Johns Hopkins and Microsoft is developing a solution to collect, integrate and analyze data from monitoring devices in the ICU. To be built on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, the goal is to help physicians spot potential problems in their patients’ medical care that could lead to injuries and complications.

There are many other big data projects under way to improve healthcare outcomes in such areas as radiation oncology, autoimmune diseases, interventional cardiology, cancer screening, prostate cancer and cystic fibrosis. Although some of these projects are in the exploration stage, Oncospace, a SQL database and set of clinical support tools designed to improve treatment planning and medical outcomes in radiation oncology, is already being used in direct patient care.

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