From the moment that a patient steps into their doctor’s surgery, they expect to be treated as an individual; for their healthcare to be as personalised as their internet shopping, banking or travel experience. Consumer-focused cloud platforms have transformed our daily lives and, as consumers, we are more vocal, more empowered and more aware of how we should be treated than ever before.
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Despite the healthcare industry being slow to adopt cloud technology, there is a growing acceptance that as people move from being passive recipients to active, informed consumers in all other walks of life, there is a need and demand for healthcare to follow suit and provide a personalised experience to patients.
In the cloud era, we find ourselves on the brink of a transformative shift in medicine, one driven by the explosion of data and the need to disrupt the ‘business as usual’ methods of conducting biomedical research with an innovative big data approach. Data is the foundation of cutting-edge research and is key to delivering innovations that can change how we practice medicine.
In the cloud era, we find ourselves on the brink of a transformative shift in medicine
No matter where you look in healthcare, research or business, three common themes emerge: collaboration is the solution to solving problems and translating innovation into practice, information governance is central to all uses of data, and consumerisation – building for population scale while offering personalised choice – is key to the success of scaling data-driven innovation.
Balancing collaboration and information governance in the data world is not easy, and this is where the value of cloud computing in healthcare can really be seen. By applying the information approaches that have transformed other industries and building audit, reproducibility and collaboration technologies in to make it relevant and scalable for healthcare, precision medicine and biomedical research, Aridhia has created an open, flexible and secure cloud platform that can accelerate data-driven projects and power the drive towards personalised medicine.
Take for example the CHART-ADAPT project, led by the University of Glasgow. This collaborative project is enabling Neuro-ICU clinical teams to swiftly analyse anonymised, high-frequency, real-time data in patients with traumatic brain injuries using AnalytiXagility – Aridhia’s cloud-based platform. It is only by working in collaboration with Aridhia and Philips Healthcare that the university team have been able to realise their ambition of rapidly analysing critical data via a bedside app on an individual patient level, quickly enabling personalised treatment decisions to be made, all while working within the strict bounds of information governance requirements.
Balancing collaboration and information governance in the data world is not easy
Such collaborations can have a real impact on patient care, but this is only achievable if collaborative research teams take advantage of the benefits that cloud technologies offer.
Data by itself is not enough; it is our ability to communicate and collaborate around that data to create new knowledge and enable a personalised approach that is key to transforming healthcare. And while it is a widely accepted concept that innovation requires collaboration, the healthcare world has been relatively slow to embrace the transformation required to benefit from it.
there are already Europe-wide projects underway which are leveraging healthcare’s big data to answer research questions
Research projects such as CHART-ADAPT have a common goal, but also a common need – that of a cloud-based platform in which to bring both expertise and data together. Such close multidisciplinary collaboration around data would have been unthinkable only a few years ago, but as cloud technologies advance, we now have the opportunity to transform biomedical research into a team sport where a range of skills and experience can be brought to bear on complex challenges.
Funding programmes such as the Innovative Medicines Initiative and Horizon 2020 have picked up on the need to promote and enable multidisciplinary collaboration, and there are already Europe-wide projects underway which are leveraging healthcare’s big data to answer research questions.
One such project that Aridhia is currently involved in is ADVOCATE, a Horizon 2020 funded programme. An excellent example of multinational collaboration around oral healthcare data, ADVOCATE relies on the ability to share data and coordinate knowledge and expertise across multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research teams, no matter what their skillset or where they might be. By delivering an innovative approach to data management, analytics and patient engagement, AnalytiXagility is helping this collaboration shift the focus of European oral healthcare from a reactive to a preventative and personalised model.
Although such projects are currently in the minority, embracing collaboration in the cloud is beginning to resonate across the healthcare industry as modern medicine increasingly becomes an information science, and data analysis becomes progressively more challenging, but more crucial.
As the volume and complexity of healthcare data grows, the advanced data analysis of vast amounts of genetic, clinical and patient data at the intersection of science and healthcare will become a mainstream enabler of therapy and drug development, clinical decision making, and predicative, preventative healthcare delivery. To get to that point, the healthcare industry needs a specialised cloud platform that addresses its particular needs.
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For several years Aridhia has been involved in collaborative projects which bring together disciplines such as IT, pharmaceuticals, biotech, genomics and public health. What is clear in each project is that new clinical and patient experiences will be enabled by innovative data-driven applications that interact and serve the patient, researcher or clinician in the context of who they are, where they are and what they are doing in the moment, creating a personalised experience across the entire healthcare lifecycle.
The goal of secure, collaborative, cloud-based research platforms such as AnalytiXagility is to create an environment in which each expert can focus on their own discipline and rely on the platform to do the rest.