The University of Pittsburgh Medical Data Center,UPMC announced that it plans to expand its services by making a five year $100 million investment in data warehousing. This center would bring together and integrate clinical, genomic, financial, and administrative resources from about 200 different entities.
To collect, store, manage, and analyze the information maintained in the data warehouse, UPMC will use the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, a high-performance database platform; IBM's Cognos software for business intelligence and financial management; Informatica's data integration platform; and dbMotion's SOA-based interoperability platform that integrates patient records from healthcare organizations and health information exchanges. This system would help in managing all the business divisions of UPMC.
Officials at the Pittsburgh, Penn.-based integrated health enterprise said that this system would boost clinical and financial analytics. This in turn would complement the data available in a physician’s Electronic Health Record.
Lisa Khorey, VP of enterprise systems and data management at UPMC, said in an interview with InformationWeek Healthcare: “It's a lot of information. The typical clinician has more information coming at him than he has the cognitive capacity to really comprehend and react to and that's where the intelligence layer between the computer and the digital data and the human being has to be.”
Neil de Crescenzo, senior VP and general manager of Oracle Health Sciences, said, “ The initiative is important both for and UPMC because the enterprise healthcare analytics platform they're developing integrates data from clinical, genomics, financial, administrative, and operations across the organization. These are all areas that need to drive greater efficiency into their workflows as UPMC tackles the challenges of coping with the exponential growth in data”.
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