Public Health England, an executive agency of the Department of Health, is using a new Big Data storage system alongside high-performance computing to sequence infectious diseases.
Based on DataDirect Networks, the system enables faster and effective analysis of genome sequences, allowing PHE diagnostics and surveillance activities to aid in the fight against illness.
IT systems provider OCF implemented, configured and integrated the Big Data system for the organisation.
According to PHE, this allows it to support Prime Minister David Cameron’s 2012 100,000 Genome Project that aims to decode the DNA code of up to 100,000 patients.
The Big Data system supports the health organisation across its laboratories in England that receive thousands of biological samples each week from clients with unidentified pathogens needing identification urgently.
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