January 15, 2020

Around the nation: Mayo data platform eyes drug discovery

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    The Clinic's data analytics platform will set up cloud containers with de-identified patient data that providers, payers, and drugmakers outside of Mayo can access via an application, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Minnesota, and South Carolina.

    • Colorado: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named Charles Ritz as its new president in Colorado. Ritz has previously served as Humana's regional VP for the west region. He succeeds Jeff Sepich, who retired last year (Werley, Denver Business Journal, 1/13).

    • Minnesota: Mayo Clinic's data analytics platform, called Mayo Clinic Platform, on Tuesday announced that its first project will target drug discovery. For the project, researchers will set up cloud containers with de-identified patient data that providers, payers, and drugmakers outside of Mayo can access via an application. John Halamka, president of Mayo Clinic Platform, said health systems can spend a year or longer getting a partnership going absent these standardized tools and process (Kim Cohen, Modern Healthcare, 1/14).

    • South Carolina: Mamie Rader, a school nurse at Gordon G. Garrett Academy of Technology, helped save a student's life. The student was complaining of fatigue and a leg cramp that kept him from sleeping the night before and said he was thirsty and had to frequently use the restroom. With this information, Rader called the student's mother and advised she take the student to the ED. It turned out the student's blood sugar was so high that the hospital staff couldn't measure it, Rader said (WCSC, 1/9).

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