IT heavy-hitters form alliance with Illumina and Montgomery College

Global security and aerospace giants, Lockheed Martin, have formed a new healthcare technology alliance with Cisco, Cloudera, Illumina, Intel and Montgomery College.

With American health care moving into a critical transitional phase, IT expertise is paramount. Patient data is going digital, there’s a tsunami of genomic data on its way, and a great opportunity to apply big data solutions to improve public health. The members of the Lockheed Martin Healthcare Technology Alliance are going to be collaborating explicitly on addressing those issues by developing new technology solutions.

“Federal health IT is a dynamic and growing sector,” said Horace Blackman, vice president of Health & Life Sciences at Lockheed Martin. “Through collaboration between health IT industry and academic partners, this team will develop and refine technologies that will help guide decisions for care, diagnosis and treatment of disease while protecting critical health information.”

It’s these kinds of partnerships that are going to help solve some of the challenges that are holding back healthcare systems around the world right now. Producing data certainly doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore. Integrating that data, and really putting it to work, is. Lockheed Martin and Illumina have been working together since January this year on genomic integration solutions, hopefully the addition of more partners will help bring even more to fruition. 

“We are so pleased to be a part of this forward-thinking alliance; joining industry and academic research is the best way to spark innovation,” said Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, president of Montgomery College. “Together, we can do great things.”


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