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October 28, 2010

Healthcare Technology and News: Columbia University Medical Center Uses IBM Analytics for Early Detection of Symptoms

The researchers at Columbia University Medical Center will be using IBM's streaming analytics technology in a new project. Using this technology, the researchers are expected to have the ability to detect the symptoms in brain injured patients much earlier than the traditional methods, and save innumerable lives.

IBM streaming analytics is developed at IBM Research Labs and it analyzes large volumes of data in motion. This may help physicians to uncover the patterns in symptom progression not visible to the naked eye and possibly spot the onset of the condition up to 48 hours earlier than current methods. Also, researchers can move the project to the neurological intensive care unit in the second phase.

“We are only at the beginning of what's possible with streaming analytics in healthcare such as for early intervention during heart attacks to minimize cardiac muscle damage or this innovative work to detect complications in stroke patients," said Nagui Halim, director and research scientist for IBM streaming analytics. "From healthcare organizations to telecommunications companies, IBM streaming analytics is helping people use information in ways they never thought possible.”

Offering medical professionals instant updates on a patient's condition, spotting trends and symptoms as they emerge, IBM's breakthrough streaming analytics software, IBM InfoSphere Streams, combines data from medical tests and equipment in the NICU with data from other sources such as databases and images and analyzes it in real time. To help improve business insights and decision making, IBM InfoSphere Streams enables continuous and real-time filtering, correlating and analysis of massive volumes of information-in-motion.

Recently, Nevada’s Clark County Family Services Department opted for IBM business analytics software. Helping the department closely monitor case worker compliance with state policies and legislation more easily, IBM analytics has streamlined data access and reporting processes for Clark County Department of Family Services. The department is now able to get rid of multiple spreadsheets and hand counting of information, working with IBM and PerformanceG2, Inc., an IBM Business Partner.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf
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