Use Case : Healthcare

UC IRVINE HEALTH How big data is saving lives


Data produced by equipment such as heart monitors, ventilators and wearable devices comes in many different forms including images, video and audio and are produced in virtually infinite volume. In the past it has been difficult for EMR systems to handle that kind of structured and unstructured data. This meant physicians were often unable to access the latest data about their patients.

In a medical emergency, data must be available in real-time for immediate retrieval and analysis. Health care professionals must know what just changed in the context of the patient’s entire medical history. Lack of data access and data timelines can truly be a matter of life and death.

WANdisco works with the hospital to digitally collate, store and analyze all data relating to its patients’ conditions in real time. This eliminates unacceptable downtime in a hospital environment where a patient’s condition can change drastically in minutes. UCI can now process accurate pattern-set recognitions, use algorithms to monitor patient recovery for non-linear complications and build predictive-modelling systems to minimize deaths caused by medical error.
  • The level of care offered to patients has improved with hospital staff alerted as soon as vital signs cross a key threshold, enabling them to focus attention on patients who need it most. It has also helped ease the burden on doctors and nurses whose heavy patient load prevent round-the-clock observation.
  • When patients leave the hospital environment, care is now proactive instead of reactive. Real-time access to data from home monitoring devices makes it possible to predict the likelihood of hospital readmission after discharge for serious conditions such as heart failure and pneumonia so that outpatient care can be provided.
  • The ability to quickly analyze massive amounts of clinical data in combination with the patient's genetic information makes it possible to determine the best medication at the right dosage for an individual patient for virtually any disease.
  • Now, massive amounts of all types of patient data can be anonymized and accessed from a single source, giving medical researchers faster access to greater volumes of data than previously possible.
  • All types of data can be stored, retrieved and analyzed at incredibly low cost in comparison to traditional data warehouse solutions.

”WANdisco is enabling us to make a real shift in medical care. Rather than just helping people when they are sick, we are now able to identify what can be done to keep people well. We haven’t found any other technology that can provide us with the 100% uptime and performance we need to offer this level of care and save lives.“

Charles Boicey Informatics Solutions Architect

About UC Irvine Health

UC Irvine Health comprises the clinical, medical education and research enterprises of the University of California, Irvine. More than 3,600 trauma patients are treated annually, more than half of all traumas in Orange County. UC Irvine Medical Center is a 412-bed acute care hospital providing tertiary and quaternary care, ambulatory and specialty medical clinics, behavioral health and rehabilitation.