Creating new ways to share and analyze big data from cancer patients

Innovation Infrastructure

Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP)

The Digital Health and Discovery Platform (DHDP) is a pan-Canadian initiative that seeks to improve health outcomes for Canadians by deploying cutting-edge technologies that advance precision medicine.

Co-led by the Terry Fox Research Institute and Imagia, the DHDP will unite over 97 members, including artificial intelligence institutes, hospitals, researchers and industry partners across Canada. It will create a federated data ecosystem that allows members to share data, resources, technology and knowledge like never before.

Along with helping to fuel new discoveries, the DHDP will also train future scientists, mobilize Canada’s knowledge economy and help position Canada as a world leader in the safe use of cutting-edge technologies that accelerate the implementation of precision medicine for cancer and other diseases.

Funded through Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada's Strategic Innovation Fund - Stream 4 program, the DHDP will provide the technological and policy framework  for the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network to operate.

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The Canadian Distributed Infrastructure for Genomics platform (CanDIG)

The Canadian Distributed Infrastructure for Genomics platform (CanDIG) enables federated querying and analysis of -omics and health data while keeping that data local and under local control. It builds upon existing infrastructures to connect both health and research institutions across Canada. The platform relies heavily on standards and tooling brought together by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) and adheres to international data sharing standards.

Today, CanDIG is being used to make genomic and phenotypic data available for querying across Canada as part of data sharing initiatives across five pan-Canadian projects, including the Marathon of Hope Cancer Centres Network (MOHCCN).

Together with the MOHCCN, CanDIG wants to help close the gap between research in the lab and patient care in the clinic by providing a Canadian-developed, open-source solution that takes into account the multi-jurisdictional nature of Canadian privacy and security policies. CanDIG provides discovery and access to national-scale health genomics and associate clinical and phenotypic data. Participating researchers and clinicians can contribute to and quickly access a critical mass of -omics data across a national network. Data remains in control of the local institution, while still allowing for cross-network queries and analyses.

CanDIG gives medical and research communities the tools needed to use and analyze the ever-growing amount of -omics data available to them in order to improve our understanding and treatment of various conditions and diseases.

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