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May 09, 2017
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Carolinas Healthcare: Using Big Data to Drive Point of Care Decision in Oncology

Carolinas HealthCare System is one of the leading healthcare organizations in the Southeast and one of the most comprehensive, not-for-profit systems in the country. Our more than 900 care locations include:

  • Academic medical centers
  • Hospitals
  • Freestanding emergency departments
  • Healthcare pavilions
  • Physician practices
  • Outpatient surgical centers
  • Laboratories
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Pharmacies
  • Imaging centers

Our system includes more than 7,600 licensed beds, employs nearly 60,000 people and accounts for almost 12 million patient interactions each year. We’re also home to the Levine Cancer Institute, which provides access to top-ranked physician expertise, groundbreaking clinical trials, and the latest cancer treatments.

Next month, at the San Jose DataWorks Summit (June 13-15), I’m co-presenting:

Microsoft HDInsight as a Big Data and Interoperability Platform to Drive Point of Care Decisions in Oncology at Levine Cancer Institute

Please join me, Victoria Morris, Systems Engineer, and Lance Richey, Enterprise Data Architect, both at Carolinas Healthcare System, on Wednesday, June 14th, at 3pm.

Learn how a small team of 3-4 technology and subject matter experts developed an Azure HDInsight solution. The solution captures genomics data for solid tumors, summary data from third party and various internal sources, and does genomic Clinical Trial matching. This was done strictly using the Azure cloud and interactions with cloud-based Office 365 SharePoint web applications utilizing only batch scripting, Hive, and Sqoop. HD Insights is the data munging layer and SharePoint is the user access layer.

The process was stood up in a 6-8 week period, while doing our day jobs. The business benefit is to enable providers, at the point of care, to suggest clinical trials for oncology patients based on genomic matches (Molecular Tumor Board). This has increased participation rates in clinical trials with the goal to improve the survival rates and quality of life for patients. The success of this project has spread to capturing local home grown registries in data silos to share with other like-minded providers within Levine Cancer Institute.

Lance and I are just a few of the outstanding speakers Hortonworks has lined up for the Enterprise Adoption Track this year. You can see the full agenda here.

Be sure to register for the DataWorks Summit to catch this presentation and many others!

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