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Leveraging HPC Simulation to Revolutionize Patient Care



Given its proven effects on product development, operations, and the customer experience, it’s no surprise that simulation is now in widespread use in one of the most complex and critical industries of all – healthcare.

High performance computing (HPC) technologies are transforming IT across all industries, helping organizations operate more quickly, safely, and affordably. Cutting-edge capabilities such as HPC simulation have had a dramatic effect on workplace productivity, and a growing number of users are leveraging the power of advanced simulation software to drive better business outcomes and accelerate time to discovery.

Advancements in digital technology are especially crucial for life scienSimulatedHeartBlog.jpgces organizations, as they equip healthcare providers to rapidly diagnose patients and deliver more proactive and effective care. 3D modeling and simulation technologies have inspired major breakthroughs in medical research, such as the Living Heart Project. This collaborative effort by Dassault Systèmes’ employs leading cardiovascular researchers, educators, medical device developers, regulatory agencies, and practicing cardiologists to develop a highly realistic human heart model. These personalized, 3D virtual models are geared to help the medical community diagnose, treat, and prevent heart conditions as well as advance cardiovascular research initiatives.


The Living Heart Project is just one example of how HPC simulation is revolutionizing traditional IT approaches and driving major innovation in the life sciences, resulting in high-quality and personalized care.

Studies have shown that the use of simulation in the healthcare field can improve the real-life performance of clinicians, nurses, and surgeons. A realistic simulation of the human body can create a safe and flexible environment for healthcare professionals to learn new procedures and hone their skills before ever encountering a patient. Simulation will drive improvements to patient safety by allowing the medical community to gain more experience in implementing treatments for numerous medical conditions and in variety of critical situations, without placing real patients at risk. These technologies will also enable healthcare providers to virtually explore how individual patients might respond to a range of procedures and treatment plans. These capabilities will help to dramatically improve patient outcomes and allow healthcare to be personalized for every patient. 


Another goal of HPC simulation is to help eliminate the need for costly and risky clinical trials. Today’s simulations can help researchers evaluate the effects of new treatments while merging a combination of data from historical trials, electronic health records (EHRs), and the patients themselves to conduct realistic, safe, and cost-effective virtual studies. Especially for vital organs like the heart, these simulated trials will go a long way toward protecting participants, increasing the likelihood of reliable test results, and quickly uncovering the benefits and risks associated with new devices and treatments.

HPC solutions are required to support and enable these large and highly complex simulations. A key reason why advanced simulation initiatives such as the Living Heart Project are able to succeed is because of the proliferation of HPC technologies—which due to greater availability and declining pricing are now reaching more industries and applications than ever before. HPC is helping to make scientific visualization a reality for the mainstream medical community, enabling researchers to leverage real-time insight to make more informed, data-driven decisions and improve the quality of patient care.

To learn more about how digital advancements are revolutionizing IT operations, I invite you to follow me on Twitter at @VineethRam. And visit @HPE_HPC for more information on the latest HPC innovations.

Vineeth Ram
Vice President of HPC & AI Portfolio Marketing
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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As the Vice President of HPC and AI Portfolio Marketing in the DCIG Portfolio Marketing team of HPE, I lead worldwide marketing and go-to-market planning and execution for the HPC and AI segments including the recent SGI acquisition and the HPE Apollo portfolio.