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OSU Center for Health Sciences to study health patterns for better treatment

A classroom full of medical students at OSU Tulsa's College of Health and Sciences. (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) - The future of health care could change right in Green Country. OSU's Center of Health Sciences has a new way to study illness that could end up saving someone’s life one day. The school opened a new facility, Tuesday, that will study data from 63 million patients from across the country.

2016 is a new year for these medical students at OSU Center for Health Sciences. College president and dean Kaesy Shrum said it’s also a new year for new life-saving studies.

“Teaching our medical students as a part of their curriculum to be able to analyze data and to study and to think in innovative ways is something that we now have the ability to do,” said Shrum.

The university just launched its new Center for Predictive Medicine. It’s an electronic database that has clinical information of people nationwide. Shrum said the details will be used in the classroom to study health patterns—ultimately finding better, faster ways to treat people during their next visit to the doctors.

“If you see these things in your patient you need to screen them earlier or you need to start talking about this possible disease state so that we can prevent illness and prevent chronic diseases by identifying them early. And this data gives us the ability to do that,” said Shrum.

Shrum said the HIPPA compliant patient information has been collected from the last 16 years. Details range from people with diabetes to drug studies, even cardiovascular complications. It’s the first predictive center of its kind to hit the region. Students, studying to be future health care professionals, may find the next cure for disease through their research.

“This really gives us an opportunity to have a huge impact on the delivery of healthcare and health outcomes in Oklahoma and the United States,” said Shrum.

The center was donated by alum Neal Patterson—founder or Cerner Corp.

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