Toshiba, Johns Hopkins launch project to harness big data's power

Electronics company Toshiba has collaborated with Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University to establish the Toshiba Center for Big Data in Healthcare at the Science + Technology Park on the university's medical campus.

The partnership between the two organizations seeks to blend Toshiba's image analysis and data mining expertise with Johns Hopkins' clinical research and big data analysis techniques to harness the potential of big data to develop new technologies to better monitor and drive individual, personalized care.

Research at the center will focus on using big data to analyze a patient's condition and then compare it with treatment plans and outcomes of other patients with similar conditions, anatomy, physiology, pathology and medical history.

The main project at the Center is a joint effort with Johns Hopkins radiology oncology department to study treatments and outcomes in patients with head, neck and/or lung cancer.

"Toshiba recognizes the ability of big data to monitor individual health, and in the future, to support day-to-day clinical decision making," said Rich Mather, PhD, director of clinical programs of Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA. "With our collaboration at Johns Hopkins, we hope to create a new paradigm in medicine that transforms healthcare into a more efficient, cost-effective and data-driven enterprise that will help to improve patient outcomes."

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