Cloudera’s annual Data Impact Awards will be announced during a virtual celebration on November 18, 2020. If you’d like to join us and hear more about the winners, you can register here.
As always, we’re excited that the finalists represent a cross-section of industries. Personally, I’m thrilled to talk more about one of our healthcare finalists. Each of the finalists is being recognized for having a data-led culture, superior technology, a pioneering spirit, and the belief that things can be done differently and better. They make what is believed to be impossible yesterday, possible today.
The beauty of data is that there isn’t a sector or cause where data can’t be applied to make things better. We’re asking ourselves where data can best be used, how can we access it responsibly without violating privacy rights, and ultimately how do we derive insight from it that will improve outcomes? Data allows us to address critical issues and work toward solutions.
Keck Medicine of USC (Keck) has been nominated in the Data for Good category, which is awarded to organizations that tackle challenging issues affecting society and the planet, helping transform the future. Data has been used prominently this year to address the world’s leading issues, from contact tracing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 to re-examining data to tackle racial inequality and bias.
Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area. Encompassing academic excellence, world-class research, and state-of-the-art clinical care, Keck attracts internationally renowned experts who teach and practice at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Keck’s comprehensive data intelligence solution identifies patients susceptible to diseases for which early detection and proactive treatment lead to better clinical outcomes, and save more lives.
Focusing on these at-risk patients also helps outreach efforts for preventive screenings with better efficacy. The flexibility of the solution allows Keck/USC clinicians to review patient populations by clinic location, department, specialty, and physician. In turn, clinicians can evaluate, respond, and improve patient treatment against clinical guidelines.
Academic medical centers (AMCs) such as Keck face rising volumes of data—data that can be used to improve patient outcomes, strengthen communities, and support hard-pressed physicians. While many AMCs lack the ability to access this data in real-time, such a capability stands as a game-changer for those looking to take their operations to the next level. Paired with big data analytics, real-time streaming—the ability of systems to ingest and analyze information as it happens—has the potential to empower early interventions.
This kind of big data application could enable caregivers to get out ahead of a range of conditions including congestive heart failure, sepsis, and stroke, just to name a few.
I’d like to extend my best wishes to Keck. This entry represents the best in healthcare, and the judges face a difficult decision in choosing a winner this year in the Data for Good category.