Healthcare Strategy Alert: The Power of Big Data

Beyond marketing application, big data and predictive analytics offer tremendous potential for improving diagnosis and outcomes and better matching interventions to patients.

“We know that many interventions that are used routinely – whether they be drugs, devices, surgeries, doctor visits, disease management programs – simply don’t work for certain individuals,” says Colin Hill, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, GNS Healthcare.…


Boston Business Journal: GNS Healthcare raises $10M for big data

GNS Healthcare Inc. has raised a $10 million Series B funding round led by existing investor Cambia Health Solutions, based in Portland Oregon. New investors, California’s Heritage Provider Network and Mitsui & Co also joined the round. The announcement follows the Cambridge company’s expansion to a second office in Austin, Texas, and a plan to grow head count to 80 from 50 by year’s end, CEO Colin Hill said.

Cambridge-based GNS Healthcare provides data analytics to biotechnology companies including Biogen …


High expectations for big data among healthcare execs, but hurdles remain

Healthcare executives have high expectations for the potential of big data, with a talent shortage and lack of resources being the biggest barriers to use, according to a new survey from the Society of Actuaries.

In the survey, three numbers stand out:

  • 87 percent say they perceive data as impactful on future business
  • 84 percent say they have had difficulty finding staff skilled in optimizing big data
  • 45 percent plan to hire more skilled staff within the next year

Of the …

More Panel: Hospitals Are Just Starting to Build Health IT Foundations

Health care providers are just beginning to figure out how big data can deliver better care at lower costs, according to Iya Khalil, EVP and co-founder of GNS Healthcare, and other speakers at The Economist’s Health Care Forum in Boston.

Talk of using large-scale data analysis to develop customized treatment plans is premature since most health care providers are still edging toward joining the big-data movement, said Charlie Schick, IBM’s director of big data, healthcare and life sciences, during a …


GNS Predictions Driving New Aetna Metabolic Syndrome Risk-Reduction Program

Aetna announced a new metabolic syndrome risk-reduction program, which builds off Aetna and GNS Healthcare’s successful creation of predictive models that identify at-risk individuals with a high degree of accuracy. The program, being implemented with Newtopia, aims to reduce a person’s Metabolic Syndrome risk factors, particularly abdominal size, through online food logging, activity tracking, behavior management, and one-on-one sessions with a personal coach.

Read the full release here.…


Turning on the Lights with Healthcare Data

I recently had the privilege to sit down with healthcare visionary Don Berwick as part of my duties as co-chair of the Strata Rx healthcare and big data conference being held here in Boston next week.

Berwick, who founded the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and recently served as head of CMS, is best known for the idea of the “Triple Aim,” which says our society needs better care, better health, and lower cost. This goal may seem obvious, but we’re …


GenomeWeb: Inova, GNS Collaborate on Models for Predicting Preterm Birth Risk

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Inova Translational Medicine Institute and GNS Healthcare today announced a deal to develop and commercialize computer models based on GNS’ technology.

The models will be built using GNS’ Reverse Engineering and Forward Simulation data analysis platform, next-generation sequencing, and electronic medical record data that can predict preterm live birth risk, Inova and GNS said.

The models and corresponding software will be licensed to academic researchers, health systems, pharmaceutical firms and biotech companies. According to …


FierceBiotechIT: Big Data analysis outfit GNS teams with Inova on predicting preterm birth

Could crunching data from genomes and electronic health records prevent some of the thousands of U.S. infant deaths from preterm births? GNS Healthcare, a Big Data analytics firm, and Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) have embarked on a new project to create computer models that predict risk of preterm birth. So maybe.

Cambridge, MA-based GNS Healthcare says that the models would be shared with academics, healthcare groups and biopharma organizations to improve diagnostics and treatments of preterm birth. This …


The Scientist: Predicting Preterm Birth

Though it affects one out of every nine babies born in the United States, scientists know surprisingly little about what causes preterm birth. To address the issue, two organizations are hedging their bets on big data and genomics, partnering to develop computer models that can predict the risk that a woman’s child will be born before reaching 37 weeks of gestation.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based big data firm GNS Healthcare is collaborating with the Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) at Inova …


Washington Business Journal: Inova, GNS to develop software predicting premature births

Inova Health System has struck a deal with a Boston-area technology firm to develop software that could predict premature births, the most aggressive step yet toward commercialization of its genomics research.

Under the terms of the partnership, the Inova Translational Medicine Institute will allow GNS Healthcare Inc. access to its database of nearly 2,400 patients’ complete gene maps compiled by researchers since 2011, which includes about 800 families of a mother, father and a newborn baby each.

Then, together, …

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