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FDA, NHLBI Look to Commercial Cloud Tech to Process Medical Data

cloudThe Food and Drug Administration and a National Institutes of Health-run facility have moved to adopt cloud computing technology as part of efforts to accelerate processing time for healthcare information, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jason Miller writes the FDA rolled out an infrastructure-as-a-service platform that works to help agency users process large amounts of data.

FDA Chief Information Officer Todd Simpson told audience at a health information technology forum hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association the agency’s IaaS is designed to run in Amazon Web Services‘ cloud environment and supports the Precision Medicine Initiative.

Miller reports the NIH’s National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute partnered with AWS and Microsoft to implement the companies’ government-focused cloud computing platforms at the facility.

NHLBI CIO Alastair Thomson has said his organization aims to reduce the time it takes to perform magnetic resonance imaging scans from an hour to about 20 minutes with commercial cloud technology, according to the station.

The FDA and NHI als support the Internet 2 public-private partnership that seeks to provide organizations access to high-speed network services and a protected IT testing environment, the report said.

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