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Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance Targets Big Health Data Exchange

By Kyle Murphy, PhD

- Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC have joined together to form the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance with the purpose of leverage health data to improve patient outcomes.

With funding from UPMC, Pitt and CMU will create centers focused on developing " new data-heavy health care innovations," beginning first with the creating a health IT infrastructure — an "innovation ecosystem" — capable of supporting head data exchange in the region.

"The complementary strengths of the alliance’s partner institutions will allow us to re-imagine health care for millions of people in our shared, data-driven world," CMU President Subra Suresh said in a public statement earlier this month. "Through this collaboration, we will move more rapidly to immediate prevention and remediation, further accelerate the development of evidence-based medicine, and augment disease-centered models with patient-centered models of care."

The center at CMU, the Center for Machine Learning and Health (CMLH), will be by Founding Director Eric Xing, PhD, Professor in the Department of Machine Learning. Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Pitt Michael Becich, MD, PhD, will head up the Center for Commercial Applications of Healthcare Data (CCA).

“Through this partnership, our brilliant scientists at Pitt and CMU will have unprecedented resources for turning their innovative ideas into products and services that can truly better the lives of patients and society,” Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher added. “The knowledge created here will result in the spin-off of many new companies and thousands of new jobs over the next decade.”

More details about the alliance are available here.

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