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UNC Health Care, IBM Develop Data Warehouse

May 27, 2009
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Chapel Hill, N.C.-based

University of North Carolina Health Care

(UNCHC) is teaming up with

IBM

(Armonk, N.Y.) to accelerate the development of disease treatments with the deployment of the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health.

Using the warehouse, researchers will be able to analyze large amounts of patient data and uncover trends much more quickly, according to the company. The system can also support queries relating to diagnosis and treatment of patients, which can lead to more intelligent decisions and improved patient care, it says.

Built on IBM software and hardware, the warehouse focuses on diabetes disease management and performance measurement. It is designed to reduce the entire workflow of preparatory research, through regulatory approval, to obtaining a data set, from months to weeks, according to the company.

The warehouse uses a secure web portal to provide access to anatomized cohort query selection, diabetes and inpatient data marts, business intelligence reports and analytics applications, and supporting clinical translation research. It is built on the IBM Health Integration Framework and utilizes InfoSphere and WebSphere software, running on System Z mainframe and P-Series computers.

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