Super Computer Harnessing Data to Prevent Disease

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July 18 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg's Olivia Sterns reports on how Mount Sinai Hospital's super computer is harnessing data to track and prevent disease. She speaks with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg)

Hairy deep beneath mount sinai at oh there is a supercomputer that is -- buried deep beneath non-sinai hospital, there is a computer.

Olivia, what exactly is minerva?

The idea is to collect a vast amount of data.

We are not talking about symptoms or what drugs you are on, but patient details down to the molecular level, full dna sequences.

The goal is to better track and prevent disease and to better tailor medicines.

The way this technology works, it is fascinating.

They are using advanced mathematics, applying algorithms for forecasting the weather and market behavior.

The scientist take the data.

They are looking at their screens.

They are better to identify trends and predict risk.

One of the scientist i spoke to told me this was an information revolution.

With a smart computer, we can begin to collect all of the electronic health information and we can begin to learn about our patient population.

We can identify the at-risk population and intervene.

I realized this may sound a bit theoretical.

I will give you an example.

Let's take ibd's. it is a disease that doctors defined by symptoms or clinical data.

Excess fatigue or you get a reading of high blood sugar.

With this new information, doctors are discovering that there are hundreds of genes involved in diabetes.

When they can spot a trend and they can better predict risk and intervene.

Olivia, they are throwing big data at disease and it sounds a lot like what we just heard from the national cancer institute.

This is just what the mci said they have done.

I have reduced a largest database ever of cancer related gene variations.

They have 6 billion data points.

Same goal to better understand drug response and tailor treatment.

Minerva is unique and it is in mount sinai.

They decided to handle all of this data in-house.

It is an unusual investment for private hospital.

It can process 30 terabytes of ram.

It would take about 31,000 of the latest versions of the ipad2 process that much data.

Olivia, and thank you.

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