Million Veterans Program (MVP's) Vast Amount of Data

Colleagues, Please find link to article below in Federal Telemedicine News on the details related to implementing the emerging Million Veterans Program (MVP) personalized genomic medicine program ... ENJOY! Conrad ClyburnCommunity DevelopmentOSEHRA (Open Source EHR Agent), 858-3205(301) 404-9128 (cell)---------------------------------------------- Saturday, January 21, 2012MVP's Vast Amount of Data  The amount of data to be collected through the Veterans Administration’s “Million Veteran Program” (MVP) is enormous. The MVP program launched earlier this year with 15,000 veterans enrolled is on target to build the world’s largest database of health and genetic information according to the VA publication “VA Research Currents”.

A team at the Boston VA Healthcare System has designed an ambitious project called the “Genomic Information System for Integrated Science” (GenISIS) to maintain the data. Backed by huge clusters of servers housed in two locations, the system links de-identified patient DNA samples and health information with a multitude of VA and non-VA databases, and links to a call and mail center that manages MVP enrollment, appointments, and gathers information...

Genetically speaking, each person’s cells carry within them some 3.2 billion bits of data since many pairs of nucleotides or chemical bases are in the human genome. This figure represents tens of thousands of protein-coding genes, plus large amounts of other DNA. The scientists are trying to determine the precise role for just one stretch of DNA versus another stretch of DNA. There are countless possible variants that could affect health, and scientists have yet to learn about most of them.

According to Leonard D’Avolio, PhD, Associate Director for Biomedical Informatics at VA’s Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center and Manager of the MVP Project, “Each patient has hundreds if not thousands of relevant pieces of information such as current and past medical conditions, laboratory data, information on prescriptions, family histories, lifestyle issues, plus environmental exposures.” Read on at: