publication date: Mar. 27, 2015

Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and UPMC Form Big Data Alliance

 

Three Pittsburgh institutions—Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center—are pooling their electronic medical records to form the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance.

The alliance is funded by UPMC and designed to support applied research and commercialization, along with basic foundational research in medicine and computer science. UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of UPMC, will lead the effort.

“We are unlocking the potential of data to tackle some of our nation’s biggest challenges: raising the quality and reducing the cost of health care. Not only will this effort benefit patients, but it also will accelerate Pittsburgh’s revitalization,” said UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff.

The alliance will include two research and development centers: the Center for Machine Learning and Health, led by founding director Eric Xing, a CMU professor in the Department of Machine Learning; and the Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data, led by Michael Becich, chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh. Scientists from all three institutions will participate in the work of each center.

“The complementary strengths of the alliance’s partner institutions will allow us to re-imagine health care for millions of people in our shared, data-driven world,” said Subra Suresh, president of CMU. “Through this collaboration, we will move more rapidly to immediate prevention and remediation, further accelerate the development of evidence-based medicine, and augment disease-centered models with patient-centered models of care.”

The new research centers will be funded over the next six years by UPMC and will benefit from several hundred million dollars in existing research grants at all three institution, according to … Continue reading 41-12 Pitt, Carnegie Mellon and UPMC Form Big Data Alliance

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