Even though they’re so small and vulnerable, premature babies generate more data than most current hospital IT infrastructures can decipher. That’s why a cloud-based, big data effort in Canada is being applied to help make sense out of streaming physiological data and give those babies a better chance to survive the numerous health threats they face so early in life.

The effort, called Project Artemis (named after the Greek goddess of childbearing), is led by Carolyn McGregor, Ph.D., the Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Artemis initially was deployed in 2013 as a research partnership between UOIT, IBM Canada and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. It has since expanded across the globe and is supported by the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, among other organizations. The group behind the effort recently announced a $3 million project to develop a commercial version of the system that can be used as a software-as-a-service application.

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