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Amazing piece on how big data is being used in hospitals, the impact for patients and Healthcare Entrepreneurs

The BBC’s Horizon, a long-running British documentary television series that covers science and philosophy, recently featured an amazing piece on how big data is being used in hospitals called Achieving Small Miracles from Big Data.

A tiny baby, born 15 weeks early, fights for every breath in her hostile new environment. In the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), she is tethered to nearby medical devices that continuously measure her heart rate, respiration and other vitals – generating minute-by-minute readings of her fragile condition.

The doctors who care for these babies are faced with extremely complex decisions about how to treat them, how to best monitor their condition and stave off infection. All too often, this potentially life-saving data is more than clinicians can absorb and analyze.

Enter Project Artemis, a collaborative initiative involving Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, the University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ont., and IBM Canada.

The goal of the project is to capture and analyze vast amounts of physiological data from premature babies and then present that information to physicians and nurses.

The project is led by Dr. Carolyn McGregor, a Canada  Research Chair in Health Informatics at UOIT who is using  IT to help clinicians detect life threatening infections days  sooner than is possible today

Further Reading

Carolyn McGregor Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics

Harness your data resources in healthcare

The ‘big data’ revolution in healthcare – McKinsey & Company


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