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Collaborating with Data to Understand and Improve Health

The Ohio State University (OSU) James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, The University of California (UC), San Diego, and UC Irvine are collaborating with researchers and other organizations to use data to improve patient health outcomes, spur innovation, and speed medical diagnoses and cures.

UC San Diego and UC Irvine were recently awarded a $1.9 million grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to pursue the Health Data Exploration Project.

The network will connect companies that collect and store health data (through wearable devices, mobile devices, social media, and other means) with researchers who analyze health data trends. “The network will bring together these partners to strategize, coordinate, and experiment with using personal data to understand health,” Kevin Patrick, MD, MS, director of the health data exploration project and professor of family and preventive medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine said in a recent press release.

OSU’s James Cancer Hospital, part of the OSU Wexner Medical Center, has joined a similar research collaborative with the Moffitt Cancer Center to help speed the discovery of better cancer diagnoses and cures. As a part of the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network, OSU will collect blood and tissue samples and clinical records for researchers to study at the molecular level.

the new partnership will launch with over 100,000 consented patients who have agreed to donate their tissue and clinical data for research to understand cancer at the molecular level.  – See more at:

The data collected will help physicians determine the best course of treatment and increase the likelihood of efficient treatment, faster response times, and may minimize side effects, according to a press release.




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