Big Data Projects in Canadian Health Care – The GEMINI Experience

The Conference Board of Canada, March 28, 2017
Recorded Webinar
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Big Data is making its way into all industries, and the Canadian health care system is no exception. The General Internal Medicine Inpatient (GEMINI) Project is a large undertaking, bringing together electronic patient data on all general medicine admission data from seven different hospitals.

The data gained will be invaluable in improving hospital care, especially for older complex patients. It has been found that 75% of individuals over the age of 75 have at least 2 chronic medical conditions, and their care accounts for 80% of overall health care costs. When hospitalized, these patients are often treated on general medicine wards, and general medicine inpatients account for between 30-50% of all admissions to hospitals through the emergency room. Of these patients, 1 in 5 will die or have an unexpected return to hospital within 30 days of discharge.

So what’s next for big data in health care? How could this information help to further improve our health system?

This webinar will feature Dr. Fahad Razak and Dr. Amol Verma from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Using GEMINI as a case study, Fahad and Amol will describe the technical and legislative challenges facing health care professionals when repurposing enormous amount of electronic data generated for secondary applications such as business analytics, quality improvement and research, and improving population health outcomes and health care system sustainability.

Webinar Highlights

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Big Data and the important role it plays in health care
  • The GEMINI Project – both its objectives and methodology
  • The goal of improving secondary use of clinical data
  • Addressing consent, privacy, and data sharing
  • Challenges in funding data infrastructure projects in health care

About Dr. Verma

Dr. Amol Verma is a Phillipson Scholar in the University of Toronto Department of Medicine Clinician-Scientist Training Program and physician in General Internal Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. He completed a Master's degree in Economic and Social History at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is conducting a research fellowship in Health Data Science and Leading Learning Health Systems. He is co-principal investigator of the GEMINI study, which is a data collection platform across health care organizations that is focused on using electronic clinical data in order to improve the quality of care for hospitalized general medicine patients.

About Dr. Razak

Dr. Fahad Razak is a Staff Internist and Scientist at the St. Michael’s Hospital and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, and Visiting Scientist at Harvard University. His research in low-income countries focuses on poverty alleviation. He is co-leading a randomized trial assessing the effect of financial inclusion on maternal–fetal health in Tamil Nadu, India. As part of this trial he is working the Government of Tamil Nadu to develop and analyze electronic health records that will capture information on approximately two million new mothers and infants annually. He is also co-leading a randomized trial of solar-based lighting as a substitute for kerosene-based lighting in regions of India with no access to electricity. Fahad’s research in high-income countries is focused on aging and illness. He is co-leading GEMINI - a data collection platform for Canadian general medical inpatients. Fahad completed a BASc in Engineering Science, MD, residency and fellowship training all at the University of Toronto. His graduate work in epidemiology was at McMaster, and Harvard University as a David E. Bell Fellow.

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