New Approach to Accessing Data

Intermountain Healthcare,, a Utah-based not-for-profit system, and MDClone, an Israeli Healthcare IT company, will share a new approach to accessing healthcare data, using analytics.

The two company’s collaborative efforts are going to help caregivers transform data into information they can readily use to help deliver the best care possible when caring for patients.

MDClone’s big data platform is called the MDClone Healthcare Data Sandbox. To provide information, the process will load Intermountain Healthcare’s data into MDClone’s Sandbox within the walls of Intermountain. The next step will be to evaluate the data by looking at the patients’ complete medical histories from start to finish in one place which will help the caregiver understand critical decision points in a patient’s care.

MDClone’s Sandbox includes unique safeguards to protect patient privacy and is able to produce synthetic data without the risk of exposing the patient’s identity. The system allows caregivers within Intermountain to ask and find the answer to important questions on demand.

To effectively utilize the data system, Intermountain and MDClone have identified several clinical priorities to improve patient care and reduce treatment costs. The focus for the first collaborative project will be to explore kidney disease and end-stage renal disease which can cost the average patient $250,000 a year or more.

This project will enable Intermountain to leverage MDClone’s ability to analyze medical records over the short or long term, and to identify groups of patients with all stages of kidney disease with the ultimate goal to treat and prevent their progression to end stage renal disease.

“We are proud to continue to foster digital health innovation in this exciting partnership with MDClone,” said Mike Phillips, MD, Managing Director of Intermountain Ventures. “Gathering good patient data is essential to our mission, but the key is to unlock the data in order to pull out the most meaningful information and apply it in ways that will bring value to the caregiver, health system, and most importantly to the patient.”

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