The future of health care is in the data.

The Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance represents an unprecedented collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

The health care field generates an enormous amount of data every day. There is a need, and opportunity, to mine this data and provide it to the medical researchers and practitioners who can put it to work in real life, to benefit real people. Many organizations can fulfill part of this process, but none of them are equipped to begin with raw data, develop an idea and move that idea directly into a practice setting.

That’s why the Alliance is so unique. The University of Pittsburgh brings expertise in medical research, Carnegie Mellon University in world-class computer science and machine learning. UPMC brings deep data, the clinical setting and a track record of successful commercialization.

The solutions we develop will be focused on preventing the onset of disease, improving diagnosis and enhancing quality of care. Imagine a time when data gathered from routine medical appointments can predict when an individual is headed for the emergency room. Consider a future where doctors use genetic data to develop truly personalized cancer treatment programs.

Further, there is the potential to lower health care costs, one of the greatest challenges facing our nation. And the Alliance will also drive economic growth in Pittsburgh, attracting hundreds of companies and entrepreneurs, and generating thousands of jobs, from around the world.