Multiple Parties Engaged: Aurora Health Care and UPMC Adopt Cloud-based Collaboration Solution to Accelerate Clinical Research & Development; Industry Consortium PACeR Plans to Leverage Oracle Health Sciences Network to Connect Its Participants
DIA 2012, Philadelphia – June 25, 2012
Oracle today announced availability of Oracle Health Sciences Network, a portfolio of integrated, cloud-based applications that enable healthcare providers and research institutions to collaborate more efficiently with life sciences organizations using de-identified healthcare information.
The solution is the result of Oracle’s close collaboration with Aurora Health Care and UPMC, which are the founding participants in Oracle Health Sciences Network.
The first two applications of Oracle Health Sciences Network, Oracle Health Sciences Protocol Validator and Oracle Health Sciences Patient Recruiter, together enable clinical investigators to rapidly identify patient cohorts, determine protocol feasibility and recruit consented patients for clinical studies based on clinical and genomic characteristics.
Oracle Health Sciences Network enables healthcare systems to actively participate in clinical research and development with life sciences companies to help provide their patients with the most advanced treatments, accelerate translational research, and bring better, safer, more targeted therapies to market more rapidly.
In developing this solution, Oracle worked closely with leading healthcare providers and life sciences companies to create a network that furthers scientific inquiry while safeguarding patient privacy.
Oracle Health Sciences Network is built on a secure, HIPAA-certified cloud to help ensure patient privacy and information security.
As the first healthcare system to work with Oracle on this initiative, Aurora Health Care played a particularly significant role in the creation of Oracle Health Sciences Network. In addition to contributing considerable expertise and resources, the organization provided consented, de-identified electronic medical records throughout the development cycle.
In addition, Oracle is also working with the Partnership to Advance Clinical Electronic Research (PACeR), a New York-based consortium of healthcare providers, academic research institutions, pharmaceutical companies and technology providers, to leverage Oracle Health Sciences Network to accelerate the realization of PACeR’s vision through technology-enabled collaboration.
PACeR will work closely with participating medical centers to assess current data capabilities and leverage technological opportunities, such as Oracle Health Sciences Network, to identify new approaches for cohort identification, protocol modeling and the collection and use of clinical information to accelerate evidence-based medical research. Oracle is an original member of PACeR.
“To accelerate delivery of safer, more effective and personalized treatments, organizations across the healthcare value chain are increasingly seeking new ways to work together,” said Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “Oracle Health Sciences Network creates a secure bridge that helps all stakeholders, including bio-pharma companies, health systems, and regulators, collaborate securely to raise the effectiveness and efficiency of our health system.”
“At Aurora Health Care our goal is to help people live well,” said Randall Lambrecht, PhD, senior vice president of research, Aurora Health Care. “We started our biobank four years ago with the objective of making de-identified data and DNA samples available to qualified researchers around the world. Combined with Oracle Health Sciences Network, these innovations could conceivably reduce the time to complete medical research to a year or less and revolutionize new drug development.”
“Healthcare is on the verge of an information-based transformation to a system that delivers highly personalized, evidence-based care. UPMC is investing to lead this transformation and to drive scientific advances into medical practice more quickly,” said Dr. Steve Shapiro, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, UPMC. “Achieving this goal of science-driven, accountable care will require innovative partnerships between scientific and clinical leaders and new platforms like the Oracle Health Sciences Network.”
“Oracle Health Sciences Network brings an important component to PACeR’s multi-faceted approach to improve the speed, quality and efficacy of clinical studies,” said, David A. Krusch, MD, Chief Medical Information Officer, University of Rochester Medical Center, and Chairman of PACeR’s Project Leadership Committee. “Oracle’s expertise will greatly benefit our multi-stakeholder collaboration and help us realize our vision of enabling secure, real-time access to de-identified patient data across the healthcare and life sciences ecosystem.”
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About Aurora Health Care
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million individuals a year throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
The Partnership to Advance Clinical electronic Research (PACeR) is a broad-based non-profit collaboration that is led by the Healthcare Association of New York and comprised of New York State hospitals, healthcare providers, patients, and pharmaceutical and technology companies working together to improve patient care delivery and outcomes by designing an economically sustainable electronic clinical research data network.
UPMC is a $10 billion global health enterprise with more than 55,000 employees headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and is transforming health care by integrating more than 20 hospitals, 400 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, a health insurance services division, and international and commercial services. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC is redefining health care by using innovative science, technology, and medicine to invent new models of accountable, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care. For more information on how UPMC is taking medicine from where it is to where it needs to be, go to UPMC.com.