BioCrossroads Book of Data and Organizations goes digital to serve as Indiana’s wiki for health data assets
INDIANAPOLIS – BioCrossroads today released the seventh edition of its Book of Data and Organizations and announced that the resource used to foster collaboration and networking among Indiana’s growing network of healthcare and life sciences companies, organizations and professionals, will now be available only in digital form on the organizations’ website under the Resources/Network tab.
“This resource has quintupled in size since we first created it in 2020 and is used to help health data professionals and others become more aware of the data, talent, and technology resources available, and build solutions where there are gaps,” said Darshan Shah, senior vice president and chief data officer for BioCrossroads. “Now, as a wiki, it will be an even better resource to help drive collaboration across the sector.”
Indiana’s life sciences sector contributed $77 billion to the state’s economic output last year and exported $13 billion in related goods. More than 63,000 Hoosiers currently work within the more than 2,700 companies operating in the sector. Many of those enterprises, and the state’s three research universities, contribute greatly to innovations in the field.
Shah worked with Indiana University Masters in Data Science students to convert the hard copy version of the book into digital form. Prior to the Book of Data, there was no single resource cataloging all the disparate health data assets throughout the state. Growth in the sector means the book must be updated often to keep pace.
With the digital offering, organizations can add themselves to the resource and edit their sections to reflect real-time changes. BioCrossroads will maintain control of the site and organizations would only receive access to update their pages to maintain accuracy.
The book includes snapshot information on more than 50 enterprises representing Indiana’s industry, government, health systems, academia, and digital health startups, as well as four cross-organizational initiatives to demonstrate where collaboration is driving impact.
“These organizations have tremendous data and technology resources that are driving transformative healthcare and life sciences work locally and globally,” Shah said. “Connecting all those who are doing this important work can help speed access and collaboration and help move Indiana’s health innovation farther, faster.”
About BioCrossroads: BioCrossroads is Indiana’s initiative to grow, advance and invest in the life sciences. It is a public-private collaboration that supports the region’s existing research and corporate strengths while encouraging new business development. BioCrossroads invests capital and provides support to life sciences businesses, launches new life sciences enterprises (including the Indiana Health Information Exchange, OrthoWorx and the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute,) expands collaboration and partnerships among Indiana’s life science institutions, promotes science education and markets Indiana’s life sciences industry.