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Malaysian university partners with Hitachi Data Systems for brain injury research

AvantiKumar | Oct. 12, 2015
The partnership between UTP and HDS aims to enable the integration of key medical data for better clinical support and faster analysis.

HDS-UTP Signing 

Photo - Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Managing Director for Malaysia, Wee Kai Teck (on left) exchanges Research Collaboration Agreement documents for brain injury research with Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir. (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim (on right) in the presence of Malaysia's Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching (in centre), at a signing ceremony during the 2015 Workshop on Intelligent Signal and Imaging for Biometric Applications (WISIBA '15).


Storage solutions provider Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS) has signed a research collaboration agreement (RCA) with Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) to help improve clinical support for traumatic brain injuries.

Under the partnership, Hitachi Cloud Services Connection (HCSC) - an open healthcare cloud platform for analytics - will be used with UTP's biomedical image analysis and analytics.

The research will first look into traumatic brain injuries, integrating magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, blood panels and intensive care unit (ICU) data to deliver faster and better clinical support to help both patients and healthcare professionals, said the partners during the signing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur.

Commenting on the agreement, HDS' Malaysia managing director, Wee Kai Teck, said, "Today's announcement signals yet another step forward in medical research; connecting industry leading technology solutions with diagnostic imaging and data to improve analytics and information mapping for patients."

"Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS has been involved in the field of neurosciences for some time and has a wealth of patient data that we start to integrate immediately with the aim of giving us better insight for these types of injuries," added Mark Ablett, senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems.

The signing ceremony took place during the 2015 Workshop on Intelligent Signal and Imaging for Biometric Applications (WISIBA '15) at Le Meridien Hotel and was also attended by Malaysia's deputy minister of Higher Education, Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching and UTP's vice chancellor, Datuk Ir. (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim.

Another milestone

UTP vice chancellor, Datuk Ir. (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim said: "This project marks another milestone in the collaboration between Hitachi and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, which was started in 2011. Our Centre for Intelligent Signal & Imaging Research (CISIR) will work closely with HDS and clinical partners from Prince Court Medical Centre, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Malaya to develop this new application for traumatic brain injury patients. CISIR was appointed as 1 of 14 Higher Institution-Centre of Excellence in Malaysia by the Ministry of Higher Education and is one of our leading centres, undertaking transformation towards world-acclaimed research."

CISIR director, Prof Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohd Hani, said, "This research will be part of a global study in traumatic brain injury which is under the umbrella of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF). We are very pleased to be collaborating with HDS. The technology behind HCSC - Healthcare is a wonderful complement to our core competency in biomedical signal and image processing."


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