Creating new research opportunities.
Improving BTRIS performance has opened up new opportunities for NIH researchers, allowing them to access and analyze data that was previously unavailable.
While genomic data has always been available through other platforms, for the first time, researchers can access and report on both clinical and genomic data in BTRIS. When the NIH Clinical Center added this data, the size of the repository grew from 5 billion to 16 billion rows of data.
The ability to combine genomic data with the clinical data already held in BTRIS is giving researchers access to an enormous, rich data source providing new research opportunities.
Data that was once difficult to access will now be made available for analysis, helping uncover patterns of cause and effect and indicators of disease that were previously unknown. As a result, the organization is opening up exciting opportunities for advancing research and improving patient care.
For example, researchers can take a breast cancer study, look at the genomic data, and find the locations of any abnormalities on a particular chromosome across the entire population of participants. They can then combine those results with clinical data, to see what drugs participants were taking, where they were living, and other lifestyle indicators.
By bringing all of this information into one place and analyzing it in new ways, researchers can potentially reveal hidden patterns and relationships that could hold the key to finding new treatments or improving healthcare delivery.
Better real-world outcomes.
By making it quicker and easier for researchers to find the answers they need, BTRIS is helping to make a real difference to patients’ lives. The research conducted by the NIH has been a driving force behind decades of medical advances, and it continues to invest in new ways to cure disease and prevent illness. With quicker, more complete access to data, researchers can now identify new research questions, and find treatments faster. Ultimately, this will make a difference in the type of care people receive—helping them live longer, healthier lives.
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