Provision of data from more than 1.2 million patients for medical research
In the Grand Ouest, organising hospital data for research purposes is structured on a regional scale.
With nearly 1.2 million patients (and 38 million documents), the Rennes University Hospital (CHU) started off as one of the first French hospital data warehouses. Based on the work of the LTSI (Signal and Image Processing Laboratory – Inserm Joint Research Unit – University of Rennes 1), it has developed ‘eHOP’, an initial powerful tool to use and process patient data.
To put it to use on the scale of Grand Ouest (five CHUs and the Ouest Cancer Institute), the CHU and the University of Rennes 1 submitted a project as part of the LabCom National Research Agency’s (ANR) call for tenders which was a program encouraging academic research workers to create partnerships with companies in the private sector. Labelled ‘ANR’ in June 2017, the LITIS project created a partnership with Enovacom for its expertise in data integration.
Its purpose is to create future versions of hospital mass data platforms which are used both in clinical data centres and in medical research. It favours projects aimed at integrative medicine in cardiology, paediatric resuscitation and oncology.
The eHop platform is up and running: CHUs in Angers, Brest, Nantes, Rennes, Tours, Poitiers, as well as the ICO in Nantes and Angers will all transfer data to it from some 6 million patients’ electronic records.
“Today, medical research can only be conceived in a multicentric way. Teams are already working in networks to share their experiences and get enough data to complete their studies. The structuring network of the Clinical Data Centre (which I coordinate with Professor Stindel from Brest University Hospital) will make it possible to share an organisational model, the best data usage practices, and of course innovative tools like eHOP which aim to speed up research.” Dr. Marc Cuggia, Head of the ‘Big healthcare data’ project team of the LTSI Laboratory (Interview by ID2Health, centre for technological innovation dedicated to healthcare development in Brittany)