Past Collaborations

Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science


Dr. Omolola Ogunyemi from Charles Drew University (CDU) helped investigate and select the common data model (Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership, OMOP) used by the SCANNER project. Dr. Ogunyemi also helped to expand OMOP to its current version in order to promote data sharing for the SCANNER studies.  She is the Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and an Associate Professor at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.  At the Center for Biomedical Informatics, she and her team conduct original research on the optimal use of health information technology in urban, medically underserved settings and develop novel computational and sociotechnical solutions for research problems involving underserved settings.  She currently leads a project with six South Los Angeles federally qualified health centers on using telemedicine to detect diabetic retinopathy in uninsured and underinsured patients who have limited access to specialty care. Part of this work involves having clinics assess their ability to meet clinical practice guidelines for diabetes care.  One of her previous undertakings at Brigham and Women’s Hospital involved data modeling and developing a computer-interpretable language for computable clinical practice guidelines as part of the Guideline Interchange Format (GLIF) project.


Resilient Network Systems

Jonathan Hare, Chairman and Founder, and David Hartzband, DSc, the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient Network Systems (RNS) provided the secure, scalable network that enabled SCANNER researchers to access clinical data repositories, as well as individual patient data. This network allows researchers to do cohort selection, analysis, and reporting for comparative effectiveness research. Along with the ecosystem of trust, identity, consent, compliance, and other services that they had already developed, the team from RNS reduced the SCANNER policy framework to an enforceable set of rules that imposes IRB, HIPAA, and other regulatory requirements as necessary. The network also integrated analysis and reporting services that is available to researchers from all SCANNER sites. The team from RNS developed a set of innovations in trust and identity that substantially reduced the friction in healthcare data liquidity and allows SCANNER participants to work in new and more effective ways.


University of California Irvine


Naveen Ashish, PhD, Associate Professor will developed data transformation tools which integrated data from institutional data warehouses.  These data might have had varying representations so needed to be tranformed into formats that could be used for studies in the SCANNER network.  The data transformation tools allow institutions to retain their existing data warehouse structures, therefore not requiring that they implement a specific data warehouse platform.