The Directorate of Government Medical Centers at the Ministry of Health has launched a powerful, new resource, Kineret Data Lake, that includes ~6.5M medical EMR records, all united in a single research platform.
Kineret provides comprehensive access, through an easy-to-use interface, to clinical data and medical records from the last 20 years from Israel’s Government medical centers, for startups, Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Bio-med companies, as well as academic researchers
A Meetup event presenting Kineret, the National Medical Data Lake, is taking place on May 15th at the AWS offices in Azrieli Sarona building in Tel Aviv, organized by the Directorate of Government Medical Centers at the Ministry of Health. The Meetup will focus on how startups and researchers can use the platform to accelerate their pre-clinical and clinical trials.
In the last 3 years, the Directorate of Government Medical Centers has developed Kineret – an innovative digital project that contains clinical information of 6.5 million patients from 6 hospitals in Israel. The information includes diagnoses, procedures, laboratory tests, sensitivities, and medications as well as unstructured information including videos, photos, audio, and more.
The information has gone through a de-identification process and is organized in an OMOP model – an international and intuitive standard model used by researchers all over the world for retrieving information.
Information-based research and initiatives are at the forefront of medical innovation. Making smart use of data from medical centers together with research entrepreneurs and industrial companies has the potential to advance the healthcare system, achieve scientific breakthroughs, promote quality of care, and improve service to patients.
This is exactly the reason Kineret was developed!
Not only Kineret provides access to extensive medical information but it also assists with removing bureaucratic barriers and providing deep knowledge of the hospital’s medical records.
The developers and researchers at Kineret have invested a lot of time and resources without compromise and currently are the only ones in Israel that can provide easy access via OMOP to such a meaningful amount of data.
In addition, Kineret‘s main pride is due to the fact that they can provide the data at a very fast pace since infrastructure for a secure cloud-based research workbench was already created.
“We are excited to work with Kineret, professional and excellent service, after understanding the study requirement, they took care of all the regulation and bureaucracy issues, and manage to provide us with unique and accurate data,” said Abed Nassir, Co-Founder & CEO of Dormotech medical. “Getting access to broad, high-quality information in a short time, allowed us to start research earlier than planned”.
The data platform is constantly growing using medical information from several medical centers. Thus far the following medical centers have joined: Shamir (Assaf Harofeh), North (Poriya), Galilee Medical Center, Bnai Zion, Barzilai, and Hillel Yaffe.
“Kineret project is an important breakthrough in enabling ease collaboration with the industry to bring innovation to our medical centers”, said Ohad Hochman MD MHA, CEO of Bnei-Zion Medical Center & Head of Kineret advisory board “Overcoming the limitations of data access and regulation is a big success of this project and create a new era for the governmental medical centers and for the healthcare industry”.
At the Kineret project, solutions have been implemented using uniform extraction processes, while optimizing information quality, anonymizing the information, and using the international OHDSI standard. In addition, the infrastructure is built using a secure cloud-based environment while clearing the regulatory barriers and Hospital IT dependences.
The information available includes: procedures, diagnoses, medications, lab test results, vital signs & risk factors, sensitivities, allergies, and more – as well as unstructured information including videos, photos, audio, and more
Market research and expert estimates indicate that medical information research is set to grow at an average annual rate of 45% – reaching USD 45.2B as early as 2026. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted and intensified the growing demand for information. The 25 government hospitals include 11 general hospitals and 14 psychiatric and geriatric hospitals across Israel, providing services to various populations. The Kineret data lake provides a structured data lake using an international standard model while allowing for unimpeded access to the information.
The business model will include payment for access to the optimized, anonymized information, and for use of the cloud-based research rooms. Additionally, the Kineret project offers such support services as access to clinical content specialists; assistance in regulatory submissions; the possibility of operating a beta site at hospitals; and more. The target audience includes startups, digital health, and pharma companies, as well as academic researchers.
Kineret follows the guidelines and regulations of the Ministry of Health in providing access to medical information for researchers and entrepreneurs using the guidelines of the Helsinki Committee.
For further information: https://kineret.health.gov.il/en/contact
For Kineret Support: Kineret AT moh.gov.il
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