Bryant announced that the project with OHSU has resulted in the creation of what's being called the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a platform that ensures the secure sharing of information. A key enabling technology for the platform is Discovery Peak, an analytics software system developed internally by Intel over the past three years. One way the platform works is by enabling organizations to send data via the cloud in a secure virtual machine that, once the data reaches its destination, essentially disappears, leaving no trace. The Collaborative Cancer Cloud is being used by the Oregon institution now, but in the first quarter of 2016, Intel expects two more health care centers—one in Boston, another in Austin, Texas—will join, enabling all three to share information and speed up cancer research. Bryant said she also expects that this platform can be used to aid research into other diseases. It also will be open source, which will make it easier for organizations to participate and developers to create solutions for it.
With such collaboration, not only does research get easier, but so does the idea of personalized treatments, she and Druker said. Dishman, the Intel Fellow, is a cancer survivor and said that it took 23 years before he was cured, thanks to a personalized treatment plan that was based on a genomic analysis.
Currently developing such a personalized treatment plan can be difficult and time-consuming, involving the gathering of huge amounts of medical and imaging data and mailing documents among doctors and researchers. With a platform such as the Collaborative Cancer Cloud and more powerful, connected systems, something that took 23 years to accomplish for Dishman will be able to be done in a day by 2020, Druker said.
Bryant said the technology used in the Collaborative Cancer Cloud—including Discovery Peak—can be applied to other industries that require secure analytics, such as retail, financial services and agriculture, and in both private and public clouds.
Bryant and Davis also announced another technology—Streaming SQL—that will help organizations more quickly process and analyze data and create real-time intelligence from it. And, like Discovery Peak, Intel is releasing Streaming SQL to the open-source community.