During this years Pure Accelerate, I hosted and moderated a customer panel discussion titled, Finding the Value in Data at the Velocity of Care. This panel included Ben Nathan, CIO David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Leo Bodden, VP and CTO New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Kevin Shimamoto, VP and CIO Valley Children’s Hospital.

The full video can be found here.

A New World of Exponential Data Growth

We largely discussed the new world of exponential data growth in relation to the healthcare industry and overall patient care. It is apparent that data is an asset to all medical organizations and while much of the healthcare landscape is disjointed, everything connects back to technology infrastructure. There are common challenges of leveraging and integrating data beyond the floor and these issues can lead to medical errors. However, as an industry, we need to overcome these challenges together. As more organizations begin to aggregate all sorts of data and leverage existing data to support more patients within a virtual hospital, everyone agreed that we expect to see an explosion of data over time.  

Ben Nathan of the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA mimicked the feelings of many healthcare professionals by expressing his belief that when thinking about data and patient care, it is imperative that we think about the long term continuum, including the potential of unlocking data in research and education. The potential in these areas will aid in the pursuit of incredible patient care, which is at the forefront for customers like Nathan. When data of large medical organizations is unlocked, researchers are able to aggregate and strategize at an institutional level, and bring in data sets like never before. With the ability to bring in products and compute resources like Pure, data can translate to even better patient care.

Kevin Shimamoto of Valley Children’s Hospital functions in area with a vast agricultural workforce. In the central valley, they face issues caused by the agricultural chemicals in the air. As a result, asthma arises in many children. By unlocking the data, Shimamoto’s team has the ability to operate on an evidence-based medicine model that can be directly applied to patient care and solve geo-health problems like this. Every geographical area and organization deals with different struggles, however at Valley Children’s Hospital, Shimamoto is using Pure technology to ultimately create better care for children. The data analytics make sure that they can help take care of these kids in an evidential way.

Leo Bodden of New York-Presbyterian Hospital discussed Shadow IT teams within his complex organization that includes the medical school and their own respective leadership, as well as the hospital. When building teams, it is crucial to sit with individuals and perpetuate understanding on how to make things faster, better, and stronger. It is sometimes challenging to transition people to a new system or organization, but a number of major initiatives are necessary inside an organization to insure that data is governed. The goal for Bodden is that gene sequences for every patient are available as part of clinical care, which will then sequence to their records and provide additional research opportunities. Through a data platform such as Pure, orgs can analyze the data in a multivariable way, and have huge impacts in complex diseases like diabetes or autism. As a result of the shift from traditional to data-centric architecture, the user can normalize data and get what they need without writing countless reports.

In the end, data has to be useful and secure in order to benefit the healthcare industry. Not everyone realizes how important and valuable existing data is, and once it is unlocked, the opportunities are endless. There is not a lack of controversy, specifically surrounding the future of AI. Nathan says he is, “cautiously optimistic” about the potential of AI in healthcare, however, he sees the budding possibilities for amazing outcomes and discovery with the help of AI. AI surely makes more sense in specific areas such as radiology, which could assist in finding a better diagnosis on first look. Instead of thinking of AI as a replacement for people, we can see it as a helpful tool to leverage data and help the existing practices and people improve treatment for patients. According to Bodden, AI is a partnership that will allow medical professionals to better utilize their time to help save lives.

I want to thank our incredible customers Ben Nathan, Leo Bodden, and Kevin Shimamoto for their participation and expertise! The future of data in Healthcare is bright, and Pure is at the forefront of it all.