Helen Chen

University of Waterloo
Project Title: Cloud‐based data analytic platform for real‐world evidence generation
Project Partner: Plinio Morita
Industry Partner: Roche Canada
Platform: Cloud Analytics & Large Memory System

Cybersecurity Health

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the gold standard for supportive clinical evidence, however RCTs rarely describe the effectiveness of an intervention in real life practice. As such, regulators, payers, and health‐care providers are turning towards real world data (RWD) to understand how well an intervention performs in clinical practice. The best source of RWD is source data – that is, data that are collected at the interface of the patient and the health care system, as well patient monitoring and self‐reported data captured directly within the patients’ home environment.

Unfortunately, these data are stored in different and distinct systems that are not well integrated and in formats that do not allow for rapid analytic capabilities. The University of Waterloo in partnership with Roche Canada, are therefore proposing to develop the “CARE” (Clinical Analytics for Real‐World Evidence) platform. The “CARE” platform will be a holistic cloud‐based data analytic solution featuring a large central repository for consolidating data obtained from disparate data systems (including data from electronic medical records, lab data, physician transcriptions, and patient monitoring devices and self‐reported surveys).

The “CARE” platform will serve as a central hub for researchers that includes integrated and sophisticated data analytics, access control, security and study management tools in order to curate data for research and clinical purposes. This project begins the initial steps to address relevant research objectives in lung cancer by providing the tool and infrastructure required to process and analyze the enormous amount of scattered oncology data within an institution and across multiple institutions. Ultimately, this work will make it possible to mine currently siloed and/or unstructured data across the system and produce data‐driven insights in order to deliver the right care to the right patient at the right time through scientific innovation and research excellence.