The Ontario Ministry of Health and Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities have selected Compute Ontario as the Implementation Lead of the recently announced PANdemic THreat Response (PANTHR) Platform. This new platform will hold secure health data in an advanced research computing (ARC) environment that will allow researchers to better support health system planning and responsiveness, including the immediate need to analyze the current COVID-19 outbreak.
The PANTHR platform will be a collaborative effort by leading public sector organizations to accelerate research conducted by Ontario’s research and innovation community on the COVID-19 crisis and to help inform better policy-making.
The PANTHR platform aims to break down existing barriers and allow researchers to help with the following:
- Increasing detection of COVID-19;
- Discovering risk factors for vulnerable populations;
- Predicting when and where outbreaks may happen;
- Evaluating how preventative and treatment measures are working; and
- Identifying where to allocate equipment and other resources
As the Implementation Lead of the platform, Compute Ontario will oversee the infrastructure design and execution, and will work closely with its partners, the Centre for Advanced Computing (CAC) at Queen’s University, who will host the secure infrastructure, Vector Institute, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), Ontario Health, Queen’s University, University of Toronto, its other consortia partners, among many others.
For the press release, please click here.