WANdisco secures life-saving US partnership

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SHEFFIELD-based software firm WANdisco has secured a partnership with a US hospital which will help to save lives.

WANdisco has agreed its first Big Data deployment through the Hortonworks channel partnership with the University of California’s Irvine Health (UCI Health).

As a result of the partnership, UCI Health will be able digitally to collate, store and analyse all data relating to its patients’ conditions in real time, allowing staff to reduce the number of deaths.

Charles Boicey, informatics solutions architect, UCI Health, said: “WANdisco is helping us make a real shift in the medical profession. Rather than just helping people when they are sick, we are now able to identify what can be done to keep people well. The number of people who die from medical errors in the US alone is the equivalent of a major passenger plane dropping out of the sky every three days - being able to cut preventable deaths of this sort is of critical importance for the medical community. We’ve not found any other technology that could provide us with the uptime we need to offer this level of care - it’s like having a nurse and doctor in every hospital room around the clock.”

David Richards, WANdisco’s executive chairman and CEO, said: “We are delighted to help UCI Health implement its forward-thinking big data strategies, which we believe represent the future of the sector. ..UCI Health is just one hospital in the UC medical system but their lead opens up a whole new opportunity for us across the healthcare sector. While initially our technology will be deployed on a relatively small scale, we look forward to working closely with UCI and developing our relationship over the coming months.”