MD Anderson goes big on analytics

By Bernie Monegain
10:35 AM
Initiative aimed at reducing cancer deaths, driving care innovation

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will roll out new technology to enable personalized treatment aimed at improving outcomes.

The center announced Jan. 31 that it would deploy Oracle Health Sciences applications and Oracle technology as the foundation for an organization-wide analytics initiative.

The platform will also support the center's Moon Shots Program, an initiative whose aim is to dramatically accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances that reduce cancer deaths.

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"As we focus on the next-generation of treatments – including our Moon Shots Program – we require a powerful analytical infrastructure that can yield new insight from the unprecedented volume of data available today," said John Frenzel, MD, chief medical information officer, MD Anderson, in a news release.

Frenzel added that Oracle's applications and technology stack would help provide “one of the robust foundations that we need to accelerate deployment, and ultimately, discovery of life-saving treatments."

Oracle applications and technology will power the enterprise analytics initiative, one of the program's platforms. The new platform will bring together clinical, genomic, financial, administrative and operational information from internal and external sources to yield insights that drive care innovation and optimize operational efficiency.

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MD Anderson will deploy a wide range of solutions, including Oracle Enterprise Healthcare Analytics. The center, which sees data growth of 30 percent to 40 percent annually, is also deploying Oracle Database and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition.

"Leveraging data and information to drive more effective resource utilization, improve operational efficiency, and level patient volumes across the days of the week is becoming increasingly more important," said Craig Owen, director of clinical analytics and informatics at MD Anderson, in the news release. The new Oracle platform would make it possible for MD Anderson  to improve delivery of actionable information that would, in turn, help improve processes, Owen said.