Boston’s Partners HealthCare and EMC Corp. have announced collaborative efforts to "improve the delivery of healthcare and the lives of patients" by developing an agile data and analytics platform.

Called the Partners Data Lake, the companies say the objective of the platform is to speed clinically relevant research developed across the Partners HealthCare system into the clinical setting.

"Leveraging the advanced medical diagnostics capabilities throughout the Partners HealthCare system, large amounts of data generated through separate research activities will now be brought together within the Partners Data Lake to enable the medical community to explore and develop new insights into human disease to improve diagnostics, treatment and the lives of patients," according to a joint statement.

The Partners Data Lake will be built with products from across the EMC federation of businesses, including EMC Information Infrastructure, VMware, Pivotal and RSA. The new platform will support research and clinical activities across the Partners system that includes the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and their community hospitals. Development and implementation of the Partners Data Lake will begin immediately, the companies said.

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