The amount of health related data grows daily. A doctor alone cannot analyse that amount of information, therefore the computing systems have become an integrated part of the medical practice. Computers are analysing the health and gene data of the patients, at the same time taking into consideration the information gathered by the patient at home, which helps to direct the doctor’s attention to the details most relevant to the patient at the given moment. This is called the personalised medicine.
In order to create such systems, one has to be thoroughly acquainted with the existing health data and opportunities to create links among them. In addition, special skills are needed to work with the enormous data volumes, or even knowledge of biology to analyse gene data. The discipline connecting this knowledge is called bioinformatics. The team working in STACC links together various specialist of bioinformatics: developers, data collectors, health service providers and scientists.
The benefit of working with STACC is that no entity in Estonia has conducted the analysis of health data at such scale. We have analysed all of the epicrises of Digital Health records over two years and the medical treatment invoices of Estonian Health Insurance Fund in a span of 2.5 years. Carrying out such capacious analyses requires special means. Smart algorithms are needed in order to detect relevant information and connections, also to visualise the latter.
STACC possesses the necessary infrastructure to securely work with and analyse the data of such capacity. A line of totally new tools have been created for the analysis. For example, we have built a tool anonymise the data, structuring tool of initial data, tools for the application of different models (e.g. to detect exceptional cases, like identifying the exact type of heart attack), visualisation tools.
STACC hosts a qualified team to analyse the data of such capacity.