Researchers at Columbia University will use IBM's InfoSphere Streams analytics software to detect complications from brain injuries.
has announced that researchers from Columbia
University will use IBM InfoSphere Streams
streaming analytics software to
detect complications for patients with brain injuries or strokes.
software mathematically sifts data to spot trends and predict business
outcomes. IBM is a major investor in this
area, shelling out $11
billion in 19 acquisitions over the last five years
researchers will use the analytics software to spot symptoms that the naked eye
is unable to detect up to 48 hours earlier than today's techniques, IBM
announced the project with Columbia
at the Information on Demand 2010 and Business Analytics Forum in Las
Vegas on Oct. 26.
about creating a machine that will monitor the patient extremely closely in a
tireless way and looking for any change or problem continuously," Nagui
Halim, director and research scientist for IBM
Streaming Analytics, told eWEEK.
the software and the lab results, researchers will get "the full
picture" on the patient's condition, Halim said.
software could eventually detect heart attacks and minimize damage to the
heart, according to Halim. Often by the time doctors detect brain injuries,
it's too late.
can look at the relationship between different parameters, and these are the
things you really need analytic tools to uncover because you can't just
visualize this stuff in your head," J. Michael Schmidt, director of
neuromonitoring and informatics for Columbia University Medical Center's Neurological
Intensive Care Unit (NICU), told eWEEK.
morning we're faced with over 200 variables," Schmidt continued. "The
human brain can only process two variables at any one time. We really do need
computational help to understand all the relatedness in our data."
allows researchers to process EEG feeds, blood oxygen levels, and blood
pressure and temperature readings, according to IBM.
The software data will be used along with lab test results and patient reports
of symptoms to discover hidden patterns.
processes structured and unstructured streaming data sources, including voice
and video and real-time feeds from the market, medical equipment and
believe they'll be able to spot complications from a stroke or brain aneurysm
or conditions such as cerebral ischemia, in which the brain is starved
of sufficient oxygenated blood. Researchers will search for hidden data in
the test results of cerebral spasm patients or those suffering from cerebral
ischemia, Schmidt told eWEEK.
After the software spots patterns, researchers will take data to a
neurological intensive care unit to inform doctors of data patterns and combine
them with medical data.
organizations using IBM's analytics software
include the Mayo Clinic, Hertz, Shell Oil, the Memphis Police Department and Nevada's
Clark County Family Services Department