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February 06, 2017
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Arizona State University’s Jay Etchings “Wrote the Book” on Strategies in Biomedical Data Science

Two of our friends and customers at Arizona State University are pushing the frontiers of genomic data science.

Dr. Kenneth Buetow leads a team adopting a new type of healthcare predictive analytics by storing and processing genomics data in Hortonworks Data Platform and connecting it to a high-performance computing (HPC) environment. Dr. Buetow’s research aims to identify the genetic links to cancer and to isolate new ways of treating various forms of the disease.

Jay Etchings is ASU’s Director of Operations for Research Computing. He architected the distributed storage-compute environment that delivers the research data required by Dr. Buetow’s team for big data analytics in genomics.

Jay recently published a book, “Strategies in Biomedical Data Science,” that describes what medical researchers can accomplish when they have easy access to petabytes of genomics for big data in medicine.

Listen to Jay describe ASU’s Next Generation Cyber Capability for research computing and the value he gets from Hortonworks Support

I’m posting to make our community aware of Jay’s valuable contribution to the field and the pride that Hortonworks feels supporting that work through our technology and the enablement services we offer all of our customers.

Strategies in Biomedical Data Science is available for purchase online and all author proceeds from book sales go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Jay and Ken’s work at ASU is emblematic of the intellectual curiosity, the generosity and the type of breakthroughs we see across our customers using Hortonworks connected data platforms for Big Data analytics in healthcare.

In our ASU customer case study published in 2016, we described ASU’s work in detail. If this case study piques your interest or if you want to learn more about big data analytics in genomics, I encourage you to read Strategies in Biomedical Data Science for insight into topics such as:

  • How to efficiently gather data from disparate data sources
  • How to get the most out of the latest analytic resources and technical tool sets
  • How to intelligently examine bioinformatics as a service, including the untapped possibilities for medical and personal health devices

If you want to learn more about other Hortonworks customers transforming biomedicine and healthcare, read their stories here:

  • The Geisinger Health System uses HDP to offload EDW expenses and improve the patient experience
  • The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) uses HDP reporting to improve the efficiency of matching patients with organs they need for transplant
  • The Health Care Service Corporation is a Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance affiliate that uses data in HDP to stand by their members in sickness and in health
  • Mayo Clinic uses HDP to retrieve data from its electronic medical record (EMR) in real-time
  • Mercy combines clinical, billing and operations data for it’s “One Patient, One Record” initiative
  • ZirMed adopted HDP for healthcare information management and improved its usable storage by 5X

Congratulations to all of those, like Jay and Ken at Arizona State University, who are harnessing more and better data to defeat humanity’s most devastating illnesses.


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