Google Cloud to power ATLAS, an open source healthcare research platform

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Google Cloud announced a partnership with Odysseus Data services to launch ATLAS on GCP. ATLAS is an open-source application built and maintained by The Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) program.

The OHDSI program helps with finding inferences in health data using large scale analytics.

ATLAS is intended to provide a unified interface to standardized patient-level data converted to the OMOP Common Data Model (CDM) and conduct observational research.

It allows researchers to define patient cohorts, select analytical designs, set parameters, and execute analytical methods against data. ATLAS open source healthcare research partners with Google Cloud

Odysseus, in partnership with Google Cloud, provides users with the infrastructure for these open source tools. 

GCP stores the data, aid with the management of databases and provide autoscaling.

Using Google Cloud with OHDSI tools allows users to shift their focus from implementations to insights in a cost-effective manner.

In late November last year, Google had announced its Google Cloud healthcare interoperability program.

The program is designed to help healthcare organizations:

  • Understand their current interoperability maturity levels
  • Map out a stepwise journey to enable interoperability
  • Navigate changes and increase their readiness for the new Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rules

This new partnership with Odysseus data services adds new capabilities to the Google Cloud platform in the healthcare space.

Google Cloud already supports other open-source data platforms such as Terra, developed by Verily and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Also, Google Cloud has partnered with the National Institutes of health.

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Sudz Niel Kar
I am a technologist with years of experience with Apple and wearOS products, have a BS in Computer Science and an MBA specializing in emerging tech, and owned the popular site AppleToolBox. In my day job, I advise Fortune 500 companies with their digital transformation strategies and also consult with numerous digital health startups in an advisory capacity. I'm VERY interested in exploring the digital health and fitness-tech evolution and keeping a close eye on patents, FDA approvals, strategic partnerships, and developments happening in the wearables and digital health sector. When I'm not writing or presenting, I run with my Apple Watch Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Watch and closely monitor my HRV and other recovery metrics.


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