LexisNexis Creates Real-World Data Network with Clinical Partners

Oct. 11, 2022
Truveta, PointClickCare, Ovation among the organizations participating in Gravitas Network to accelerate clinical research and precision medicine

Healthcare analytics company LexisNexis Risk Solutions has developed what it calls an interoperable real-world data hub powered by precise data-linking technology and de-identified datasets from its data partners.

The first cohort of companies joining the Gravitas Network feature datasets for precision medicine and health equity studies. When paired with data assets from LexisNexis Risk Solutions, the network enables more inclusive and advanced clinical research, ultimately improving health outcomes, the company said.

The network provides access to de-identified, clinically curated data that can be linked with precision, the company said, enabling researchers to uncover the insights they need to efficiently develop effective and safe treatments for the people who need them most.

The Gravitas Network includes a comprehensive, clinically validated patient-level social determinants of health (SDoH) dataset, a current and robust mortality dataset, and one of the largest multi-sourced, de-identified medical claims datasets in the U.S. The network is powered by the “Gravitas Token,” which LexisNexis describes as a “next-generation, HIPAA-compliant token that securely links de-identified datasets with increased accuracy.” While other tokens link data using probabilistic matching, the company noted, the Gravitas Token leverages a referential data layer to help ensure the right records are precisely matched and linked over time.

Organizations joining the Gravitas Network include:

• Truveta – An early adopter of the Gravitas Token, Truveta is a collective of 24 U.S. health systems representing 16 percent of clinical data in the U.S. Truveta is using the Gravitas Token to connect de-identified patient records linked across health systems with socioeconomic, mortality, and claims data to advance patient care and improve health equity.

• Ovation - A clinicogenomic data company, Ovation is developing one of the world’s first platforms for generating and delivering human genomic data at scale. Ovation has over one million geographically diverse consented biospecimens from over 425,000 unique patients, representing an extensive range of disease areas. The Gravitas Token enables Ovation to accurately link their de-identified genomic data to additional phenotypic data sources, so they can help life sciences organizations advance biomarker and target discovery development.  “By providing secure and highly accurate tokenization, the Gravitas Token enables Ovation to link our high-quality genomic data to deep phenotypic data from additional real-world data partners,” said Ed Stepanski, Ph.D., general manager, data at Ovation, in a statement. “Being a part of the Gravitas Network is an exciting opportunity to advance our vision to unlock the promise of precision medicine for patients across disease areas.”

Solis Mammography - For more than 35 years, Solis has been the largest independent breast imaging provider in the U.S. focused on detecting early-stage breast cancers through annual screenings. Linking longitudinal imaging data with complementary clinical and genomics data on the Gravitas Token for in-depth breast cancer research aligns with Solis Mammography’s mission of championing women’s long-term health and wellness.

• PointClickCare is a healthcare technology platform enabling meaningful collaboration and access to real‐time insights. With over 20 years of real-world data in long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC), the company helps life sciences organizations improve scientific research with its de-identified protected health information (PHI). In collaboration with Gravitas Network, its outcome-rich data sets will continue to assist clinical research in the areas of early warning, mitigation of disease spread, finding cures and evaluating treatment options for various conditions impacting vulnerable populations.

• The Institute for Health Metrics - IHM’s clinical data platform, a collaborative of community hospitals across the United States, is utilizing the breadth of the Gravitas Core and Network datasets to advance nationwide health equity initiatives and clinical research in communities often under-represented in medical literature.

“We see an enormous opportunity to leverage our core datasets and advanced linking technology to create more person-centric real-world data to advance clinical research and improve the future of healthcare,” said Jeff Diamond, president and general manager of the Health Care business of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, in a statement.

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