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Partners HealthCare and EMC Unite to Solve Health Care’s Toughest Challenges Using Big Data

Developing The Partners Data Lake to Support Research Initiatives and Enable Collaboration

Boston, MA – WEBWIRE

Story Highlights

  • Partners HealthCare and EMC collaborate to develop The Partners Data Lake, an agile data and analytics platform
  • The Partners Data Lake will allow researcher and clinicians to explore and develop insight to improve diagnostics, treatment and the lives of patients
  • The Partners Data Lake will support research and clinical activities across the Partners system, breaking down physical barriers for collaboration

Partners HealthCare and EMC Corporation today announced collaborative efforts to improve the delivery of Healthcare and the lives of patients by developing an agile data and analytics platform, The Partners Data Lake. The objective of The Partners Data Lake is to speed clinically relevant research developed across the Partners HealthCare system into the clinical setting. Insights derived from The Partners Data Lake will also be used to inform medical science to help make research more efficient, improving the diagnosis and treatment of disease and ultimately making health care more cost effective. Leveraging the advanced medical diagnostics capabilities throughout the Partners HealthCare system, large amounts of data generated through separate research activities will now be brought together within The Partners Data Lake to enable the medical community to explore and develop new insights into human disease to improve diagnostics, treatment and the lives of patients.

The advent of personalized medicine and advancements in technology have changed the medical field. Treatments are accelerated thanks to personalized medicine and the advancing rate of medical research. At the same time, medical research has shifted towards a collaborative approach as technology advancements eliminate physical boundaries. Now, physicians can collaborate with researchers to develop the best methods of care and personalized treatments regardless of their location.

Partners plans to expand its enterprise research IS capabilities with the development of a unique new research analytics platform. The Partners Data Lake will be built with products from across the EMC Federation of strategically aligned businesses, including EMC Information Infrastructure, VMware, Pivotal and RSA. The new Partners Data Lake will support research and clinical activities across the Partners system that includes the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and their community hospitals. Development and implementation of the Partners Data Lake will begin immediately.

Executive Quotes:

Dr. Shawn Murphy, Corporate Director of Research IS and Computing, Partners HealthCare
“Realizing the vision of Big Science that is delivered from our extensive research and clinical development efforts, from basic research to cancer genomics, requires new technology collaboration. The Partners Data Lake offers us the chance to lead the world in novel treatments and diagnostics. Partners HealthCare is in a unique position to combine the use of technology and research to revolutionize the delivery of healthcare to benefit patients. Our ability to lead innovation will be greatly enhanced though our collaboration with EMC by having valuable data available for our researchers to perform analysis and develop applications more dynamically than ever before.”

David Dimond the CTO of Global Healthcare, EMC Corporation
“We believe the EMC Federation will help Partners lead the way in healthcare research and collaboration. Our strength in information technology and data science will enable Partners’ vision of bringing innovative solutions to healthcare providers and patients. Information technology is being transformed by the powerful trends of mobile, cloud computing, Big Data and social networking. The goal is to develop a new healthcare platform that will accelerate research utilizing the growing volumes of medical data.”

About Partners HealthCare

Partners HealthCare is an integrated health care system, founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, that offers patients a continuum of coordinated and high-quality care. In addition to its two academic medical centers, the Partners system includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home health and long-term care services, and other health care entities. Partners HealthCare is committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. Partners is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organizations and is a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization. Further information can be found by visiting

About EMC

EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way. Additional information about EMC can be found at


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