The future of Big Data health analytics in space
Dr. Carolyn McGregor’s research impact reaches a new frontier
December 6, 2016
From iPhones to the Internet, our digital culture and digital world is immersed in a sea of information. But how are we doing as a society when it comes to making sense of all of the collective data around us?
Dr. Carolyn McGregor, Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics, at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology searches for answers to the enormous challenge of gaining valuable insight from Big Data. Dr. McGregor’s pioneering research has developed advanced models of data interpretation through predictive analytics.
Her initial research project–Artemis–is a Big Data analytics platform capable of assessing multiple streams of physiological data from multiple patients to provide information for multiple health conditions. This research has been applied in neonatal intensive care units with partnering hospitals around the world.
Artemis cloud analytics will help physicians make sense of the constant stream of vital organ data collected from critically ill premature babies, making subtle changes in a patient's condition more recognizable. With physicians having the information they need to intervene more quickly, there is great hope for reducing mortality rates in premature babies here in Canada and around the world.
Space: The next Artemis frontier
Dr. McGregor is advancing research that demonstrates how the International Space Station can apply the Artemis platform to monitor astronauts’ and cosmonauts’ vital signs while in space. Her research partners include the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).
In early December, she presented her latest research findings before an international audience at the 16th Conference on Space Biology and Medicine in Moscow, Russia. Her joint research with the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems aims to re-engineer health analytics for astronauts and cosmonauts to run Artemis in real-time. Last year she collaborated with Russia’s Luna 2015 experiment–an eight-day simulated lunar mission involving a female-only crew. The ultimate goal of the research is to see if Artemis can run on the International Space Station and be readied for use on other spacecraft in the future.
- Dr. Carolyn McGregor collaborates with Russian simulated moon mission
- Follow Dr. Carolyn McGregor on Twitter
- Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics home page (background information on Artemis and data mining)
- Russia Institute of Biomedical Problems
- Russian Federal Space Agency
- RT International online news story (shows Luna-2015 lab)
Selected recent UOIT news stories
- UOIT applying cloud-based Big Data analytics to improve patient care (partnership with Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Southlake Regional Health Centre, IBM Canada and York University
- UOIT-based health informatics research pushing new frontiers in critical care
- UOIT professor named 2015 Advance Global Australian Award winner
- Dr. Carolyn McGregor participates in U.S. podcast on Big Data
- Big Data: Inside the Algorithm
- UOIT's Dr. Carolyn McGregor profiled in new Science Museum exhibit in Britain
- UOIT researchers help support the transition to paperless health information system at Ontario Shores
- UOIT professor receives Australia’s highest honour
- UOIT-led Artemis Project captures national Ingenious Award
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