In collaboration with Johns Hopkins, Toshiba has established the Toshiba Center for Big Data in Healthcare at the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md to leverage big data in the study of disease. The Center will collaborate with the Johns Hopkins radiation oncology department to research treatment pathways and outcomes in head and neck and lung cancer patients.

Still under construction, the Science + Technology Park at Johns Hopkins aims to provide bioscience and medical device companies with up to 1.5 million square feet of office space and research facilities, including chemistry and biology labs, alongside access to one of the nation’s top research universities.

The Toshiba Center for Big Data in Healthcare will combine Johns Hopkins’ clinical research expertise with Toshiba’s image analysis and data mining tools to create new technologies to monitor individual health while driving individualized patient care. The parties will use big data to analyze a patient’s condition and compare it with the plans and outcomes of patients who share a similar anatomy, physiology, pathology, and history.

“From fitness and travel to marketing and retail, there are many applications in the public realm already using big data,” said Rich Mather, PhD, director, clinical programs, Toshiba Medical Research Institute USA, Inc. “Toshiba recognizes the ability of big data to monitor individual health, and in the future, to support day-to-day clinical decision making. With our collaboration at Johns Hopkins, we hope to create a new paradigm in medicine that transforms healthcare into a more efficient, cost-effective and data-driven enterprise that will help to improve patient outcomes.”

For more information, visit ToshibaAmerica Medical Systems.