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Better, quicker, shorter cancer care eyed by Intel thru Collaborative Cancer Cloud

August 21
6:19 PM 2015

Intel Health executive Eric Dishman has to fight his Kidney Cancer for 23 years before it was treated. Now, Intel launched a network that would make cancer treatment plans in just 1 day by 2020.

Oregon Health & Science University researcher Brian Druker, said "It took 23 years to develop a treatment for Eric. We should be able to do this in one day."

But universities don't have the adequate computing resources that would let them share data. Now, Intel came up with the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, which connects various universities in Boston and Austin Texas. It aims to expedite treatment plans to just one day by 2020. No more suffering for 23 years, like Eric.

During the Intel Developer Conference, the company announced a partnership with OHSU;s Knight Cancer Institute for the Collaborative Cancer Cloud. This is a precision medicine analytics platform that allows institutions to securely share genomic, clinical, and imaging data.

This will let experts find lifesaving discoveries. Large amounts of data can be distributed and analyzed by experts all over the world without jeopardizing the patients' privacy.

To make the cancer cloud work effectively, Intel will open-source its Trusted Execution Technology by 2016. The firmware will let computers exchange encrypted data to protect the patients' privacy. 

Druker said the Trusted Execution Technology will let healthcare centers have control of the patient data while clinics all over the world exchange information to conduct a genomic analysis. 

Dishman, in a blog post announcing the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, said that every year there are millions of people all over the world who discover they have cancer. Instead of undergoing chemotherapy, which basically gives more damage than good, those patients can be treated as individuals based on their personal genome sequencing.

This allows for a precision treatment plan hand-tailored for their disease. Imagine all of this done in just 24 hours.

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