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Artemis Cloud Is In Production!

IT Services is proud to work in support of renowned researcher Dr. Carolyn McGregor of the Faculty of Business and Information Technology.  Here is the background behind the recent successful implementation her Artemis technology in the cloud environment.

What is Artemis Cloud?

Artemis Cloud is the next phase in a highly successful, award winning research project to make use of high frequency, high fidelity physiological big data in neonatal intensive care environments.  Artemis health informatics techniques have been previously deployed in local hospital settings; Artemis Cloud extends this technology to a cloud model, enabling utilization by multiple Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), independent of size or location. 

Artemis captures streaming data from multiple NICU monitors in multiple hospitals in real time – data such as electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate (HR), respiratory rate (RR), and oxygen saturation. Physiological data is streamed at high frequencies, continually and around the clock.  Artemis captures very large datasets - this is a true Big Data application - which are analyzed both in near-real time (as received) and retrospectively for continual development of predictive diagnostic algorithms.  Artemis enables patient monitoring, using those diagnostic algorithms to correlate data to identify the onset of medical conditions that may be life-threatening, and thereby allows timely intervention and treatment.

Artemis Cloud is currently deployed at McMaster Children’s Hospital and South Lake Regional Healthcare, and uses the analytic engine at the Centre for Advanced Computing at Queens University.

This project is part of the Health Ecosphere Innovation Pipeline multi-partner collaboration funded by the Government of Ontario.

"Information Technology Services have played a vital role as I demonstrate how Artemis can be available as a Health Analytics as a Service in the cloud to healthcare facilities in Ontario, Canada and Internationally. The depth of expertise in deploying and supporting operational systems has been key to ensuring that these Artemis Cloud deployments are reliable and stable so we can show the benefits of this new form of use of Big Data for AI at the beside. My recent ORION Leadership Award in Higher Education is a testament to their dedication to ensuring the success of research at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology."

Dr. Carolyn McGregor
Professor - Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Information Technology Services Role

IT Services was engaged in 2017 to implement the end-to-end platform, establish the support model and provide ongoing support in production. 

The team needed to diligently and creatively deal with challenges in:

  • Network connectivity – from aging hospital infrastructure through Orion to the Centre for Advanced Computing;
  • Troubleshooting at-source data capture approaches, to deal with conflicts between data capture technologies and to ensure compatibility of the networking solution with other health care monitoring technology;
  • Security and privacy issues – protecting the identity of monitored patients, and collaborating with health care professionals to create a multi-tiered consent model by which consenters can designate specific usage of the data;
  • Performance analysis and troubleshooting in the face of sheer volume – e.g. equivalent to 47K tweets/second.

A major challenge throughout the project was integrating to products and services of a large number of partners, including McMaster Children’s Hospital, South Lake Regional Healthcare, IBM, the Centre for Advanced Computing at Queens, ORION, Hamilton Health Sciences, True Process and GE Carescape.

The core IT Services team on this project is Ian Doyle - IT Research Solutions Leader, Aaron Gates - Senior IT Administrator and Brett Anderson - Software Delivery Technologist.  Given the wide variety of issues, another dozen members from the IT Services team were involved in one way or another over the course of the project.

Where are we now and where are we going?

"I am proud of what our team has accomplished. They stepped up to a role that IT Services had not previously taken on. They faced many setbacks – issues with technical incompatibility, trialing alternative technologies, vendor management, issue management, non-traditional procurement, etc. Along the way, they provided professional IT structure to the underlying infrastructure, licensing and documentation. A key outcome was demonstrating to the university that IT Support for Research has value far beyond just technical skill – we can take off the researcher’s plate a number of roles and processes that at best distract researchers from their work, and at worst would not be done at all."

Paul Bignell
Executive Director – Information Technology Services

This project has exceeded its original objective of streaming data from 50 beds in one hospital -- instead Artemis Cloud has enabled streaming from 66 beds in two hospitals, and has integrated two entirely different at-source data capture architectures.

By delivering a large volume of anonymized data to a high-performance computing environment, this project has advanced the effectiveness of the research into predictive algorithms, all with the end goal of saving infants’ lives.

This is one project in a long-term program that will support a variety of medical studies with a large and growing base of data.  Healthcare institutions from around the world are working with Dr. McGregor to examine possible deployments, and exploration of further applications has begun with the Canadian space agency and Canadian law enforcement agencies.

For UOIT Information Technology Services, Artemis Cloud represents a highly visible, highly successful first foray into formal IT support for research.

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