Improving Personalized Medicine with the Cloud
Health Data Compass is a data warehouse maintained by the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. CCPM is a partnership between the University of Colorado School of Medicine, UCHealth, and Children’s Hospital Colorado. CCPM mission is to bring breakthrough medical advances in the field of personalized medicine.
ON-PREMISES DATA WAREHOUSE WAS COSTLY AND NON-SCALABLE
CCPM helps physicians evaluate patients at the molecular level in orde rto predict their risk for disease and to develop personalized treatments based on their individual DNA.
This personalized approach requires data from thousands of patients,and includes genetic compositions and health histories. Researchers use these large-scale data sets to look for patterns that identify how and why people with particular genetic profiles acquire certain diseases and whether or not they could benefit from targeted treatments.
Securely and quickly integrating these large data sets in order to make the data usable and valuable is a considerable challenge. To address it, CCPM utilizes Health Data Compass, an enterprise health data warehouse. Health Data Compass integrates data from a variety of sources including patient clinical data, genomics data, insurance claims, public health data, and environmental data.
Initially, Health Data Compass implemented a traditional, on-premises enterprise data warehouse to store and analyze data. But this solution was too costly and could not scale to meet CCPM’s business needs. CCPM was spending too much time and money just to produce basic reports and dashboards to draw the simplest of correlations among its patient populations.
CCPM’s investment was not advancing the project to the point where it could deliver meaningful value and services to its key stakeholders. It was in need of a secure and scalable cloud solution that would reduce maintenance costs, increase efficiency, and provide the data and analytics platform and program to power its journey to translational and personalized medicine.
CCPM asked us to evaluate and recommend the cloud platform that would best meet the needs of the complex organization.