Current Projects

The Health CI Division has partnered with various healthcare and public health organizations to build and deploy a system to support a project that focuses on helping reduce heart attacks and strokes in the San Diego area, with the goal that San Diego be the first “heart attack and stroke free zone” in the nation. The system was deployed in January 2015. This project received funding through the Health Care Innovation grant that was funded by CMS. 

SDSC’s Health Cyberinfrastructure Division is participating in a multi-million dollar project with the City of Hope, a comprehensive cancer care center, along with UC Irvine and other universities and health organizations, to create a cyberinfrastructure to aid research by developing a secure, cloud-based data management platform. The Health CI Division is assisting the City of Hope’s consolidation of its California Teachers Study (CTS) data, including datasets and accompanying documentation. The work entails the design, build, and implementation of a dedicated cloud-based data management platform within the division’s Sherlock Cloud infrastructure.

The FISMA-compliant Data Engine serves as a cyberinfrastructure platform for investigating Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse. By applying sophisticated analytics to CMS claims data to identify patterns characteristic of overpayments and by providing enterprise-grade workflow and case management tools, it enables auditors to conduct a state-by-state review of the actions of individuals or entities furnishing medical products or services and claiming reimbursement through the Medicaid program. Additionally, the Data Engine hosts Medicaid data for all U.S. States and Territories as well as other reference data.

The Health Cyberinfrastructure Division is working with Clemson University to provide a collaborative platform to deliver data recovery and business continuity services. Serving as Clemson's secondary site to ensure business continuity, the Health CI Division has built and will maintain these services in its HIPAA-compliant environment.

The GeoDB project is funded by an NCI grant to develop a geo-database that facilitates the matching of geographic information system (GIS) data to GPS data, compares different spatial techniques for creating exposure variables, and assesses relationships across several data sets. In collaboration with the Qualcomm Institute, the Health CI Division created a HIPAA environment for related GIS projects. The Health CI Division built and deployed the geo-database in June 2014.

Sherlock Cloud is partnering with the UC Medical Centers to provide secure, managed HIPAA-compliant hosting for the UC Clinical Data Warehouse (UCCDW), an initiative to aggregate UC clinical data for research and quality improvement purposes. UCD, UCI, UCLA, UCSF, and UCSD are involved, with UCSF leading the project.

The UCOP Risk Services, in collaboration with UC Medical Centers, has identified the need for a consolidated reporting system, including data from different sources and vendors, to better manage the organization’s liability program. In support of this, UCOP and its partners are collaborating with SDSC Health CI Division to build and deploy a secure, HIPAA-compliant Hadoop based Data Management System (DMS) within Sherlock Cloud.

The University of California (UC) system operates in an inherently risky environment. By strategically managing risk, the UC can reduce the chance of loss, create greater financial stability and protect resources so it can support the university's mission. As part of this strategic approach to managing risk, the UC provides a Risk Management platform through which UC employees can access and analyze information related to their specific area. The Risk Management platform leverages an Enterprise Risk Management Information System (ERMIS) to deliver Key Performance Indicator dashboards, tools, and other enterprise risk related information.

The Health CI Division built and deployed the HIPAA-compliant infrastructure for the ERMIS system in four (4) months. The project initially required migrating 65+ servers/virtual machines from an open system to a multi-environment, multi-zone platform, upgrading the OS and applications, and securely integrating a suite of ERM applications supported on IBM COTS products with databases/systems on various UC campuses.  The Health CI Division now provides full systems management of ERMIS and supports UCOP and IBM developers.

The Health CI Division at the San Diego Supercomputer Center supports UCSF Medical Center in its disaster recovery efforts, as it serves as a secondary site to ensure business continuity should San Francisco experience a disaster. It provides the UCSF Medical Center with a fully managed replication and disaster recovery service for its clinical applications. This service includes networking, compute, and storage resources within the HIPAA-compliant environment, and uses VM-based replication.

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