The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center launched a new application today to make it easier for doctors and researchers in its Cancer Consortium to search its database for patterns that will help with cancer treatment.
The tool, called Argos, is built on the Hutch Integrated Data Repository and Archive, which includes thousands of medical records, databases and tissue inventories maintained by Fred Hutch and its partners UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Right now, Argos provides analytics tools for brain, gastrointestinal, head and neck and thoracic cancer tumors, but is slated to expand to all cancers later.
It’s designed to help researchers and clinicians find patterns in cancer development, progression and treatment response in a secure application. Future updates to the application could allow access to up to 300,000 records, and are supposed to include more information like tumor genetic and molecular data.
Only researchers in the Cancer Consortium have access to the data through Argos, and access is controlled based on a user’s responsibilities in order to maximize security of patient data.
The tool was developed in conjunction with LabKey Software, a Seattle-based company that spun out of Fred Hutch in 2005. In addition to building Argos, the company works with a number of other groups at Fred Hutch and researchers around the world.