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

BOSTON, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 

News 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

Full Story:             
Partners HealthCare and EMC Corporation (NYSE:  EMC) 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 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

EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks used are the property of their respective owners.

This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) component and product quality and availability; (vi) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.'s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (ix) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (x) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xiv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xv) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

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