UPMC, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University on Monday announced the formation of the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance to “revolutionize health care and wellness” by using data to detect potential outbreaks as well as create health care innovations that will spawn spinoff companies….
Paul Alexander Clark, founder and CEO of Curate.Health, a Tennessee-based data analytics and mobile health company, said that UPMC, Pitt and CMU will need to be patient with the new partnership. It might take a decade or more for the technologies created to take root and effect change.
“This is not a new concept in the business world. … There’s a lot of data out there,” and there are larger health data-sharing alliances, too, said Mr. Clark, a Pitt graduate. Hospital chains, multistate health insurers and universities have launched their own data warehouses in recent years.
“The important [thing] here is what you do with that data in order to drive value,” Mr. Clark said. “The major difference-maker here is the computer science and machine learning capabilities of CMU and Pitt. … Application of [machine] learning to a specific health care population is the biggest leap — more significant than simply the ‘big data’ part.”
From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 16, 2015