Unifying data and ML for enhanced patient communications
Leveraging Azure Databricks as a foundation for the AI Labs and Operational Pipelines, Arden Street Labs, in conjunction with Austin Health’s clinical and IT teams brought the Azure Innovation Program to life. It aims to facilitate the rapid deployment of models, pipelines and code to production for better patient communications and wellbeing.
Azure Databricks utilizes Delta Lake to provide a robust data solution for huge data merges, reducing complexity when integrating with the broader electronic medical record (EMR) system for data reporting, patient contact and data flow.
Within Azure Databricks, AI Labs and experiments provided a separate ML workspace that standardized data development for data scientists to retrain models and rapidly evaluate new ideas co-designed with the medical teams. Shared workspaces and collaborative notebooks further facilitated this, improving data team productivity and accelerating time-to-insight. Role-based access controls integrated with Azure Active Directory and network security controls ensured the safety and confidentiality of patient data.
By doing so, Austin Health was able to translate and deploy a proof of concept to a fully supported digital health operation that allowed it to quickly adapt amid a rapidly changing environment.
Jeff Feldman, CTO of Arden Street Labs, said, “The nearly dozen solutions we have developed are all built on Azure Databricks as a core foundation. This has allowed us to leverage a rapid lab to operations deployment pattern, whilst maintaining data security and computational scalability.”
With the infrastructure in place to support their digital efforts, frontline healthcare workers could then dedicate their attention on caring for patients, while keeping at-home patients safe.