Sutter, Geisinger, and IBM Team on Analytics Initiative | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Sutter, Geisinger, and IBM Teaming up on Analytics Initiative

October 9, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

Sutter Health, IBM Research, and Geisinger Health System received $2 million in a joint research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop big data analytics that can help detect heart failure years sooner than what is currently possible.  

The three-year collaboration between the Sacramento-based Sutter Health, the Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System, and the Yorktown Heights, N.Y.-based IBM Research, will have researchers at the institutions aim to develop practical and cost-effective early-detection methods for application in primary care practices with an electronic health record (EHR) system. The overall goal is to develop a deeper understanding of how to use data within an EHR to detect heart failure earlier.

“Heart failure will remain among our nation’s most deadly and costly diseases unless we discover new methods to detect the illness much earlier,” Walter “Buzz” Stewart, Ph.D., MPH, chief research and development officer for Sutter Health and principal investigator for the project, said in a statement. “Sophisticated analysis of EHR data could reveal the unique presentation of these symptoms at earlier stages and allow doctors and patients to work together sooner to do something about it. Through this research we could transform how heart failure is managed in the future.”

The work is an add-on to research the three parties began in 2009, leading to a series of findings were were published in medical journals and at conferences.  That can be found here:

In addition, the researchers say they hope to uncover practical ways health systems can integrate analytics into primary care. This, the institutions say, will help providers use evidence-based insights to give patients more tailored treatment options.

Analytics initaitives like this one are continually popping up at various healthcare organizations across the country. The New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) recently announced it is building an advanced analytics platform to improve patient care and operational efficiency,

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

KLAS Research: Small Hospitals’ Buying Decisions Impacting EMR Market Share

A new KLAS Research report tracks shifts in electronic medical record (EMR) vendor market share among acute care hospitals, and finds that smaller hospitals are seeking technology solutions that meet their needs and limited budgets, and these contracts are making a mark on the EMR market.

Survey: Majority of Providers Predict Success for New Generic Drug Company, Project Rx

Back in January, four health systems, in consultation with the VA, announced a collaboration to develop a new, not-for-profit generic drug company. A survey has found that 90 percent of providers say they would become customers of the new venture.

Personalized Medicine Awareness Low Among U.S. Adults, Survey Finds

Genetics and personalized medicine are not top of mind for the general public in the U.S., according to a recent survey from GenomeWeb and the Personalized Medicine Coalition.

Industry Organizations Praise Senate Passage of VA Mission Act

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed, by a vote of 92-5, a major Veterans Affairs (VA) reform bill that includes health IT-related provisions to improve health data exchange between VA healthcare providers and community care providers.

NIH Issues Funding Announcement for All of Us Genomic Research Program

The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “All of Us” Research Program has issued a funding announcement for genome centers to generate genotype and whole genome sequence data from participants’ biosamples.

MGMA: Physician Compensation Data Illustrates Nationwide PCP Shortage

Primary care physicians’ compensation rose by more than 10 percent over the past five years, representing an increase which is nearly double that of specialty physicians’ compensation over the same period, according to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).