The Houston Methodist Environment for Translational Enhancement and Outcomes Research (METEOR) project integrates clinical, administrative and research data of patients from systems throughout Houston Methodist into a single comprehensive electronic data warehouse. In essence, METEOR applies powerful data-gathering and analysis methods not just to hospital operations, but also to its offerings to clinicians and patients — embedding smart use of data to clinical and patient services.
Our vision is to help improve and transform the health of the global community through our development and sharing of innovative information technology, personalized medicine solutions and quantitative/qualitative metrics. Our mission is to establish a system-wide analytic platform for improving quality of care and operational efficiency, enabling outcomes and translational research, and supporting coordinated care and disease management.
The data in the METEOR Clinical Data Repository comes from the electronic health records (EHRs) and other specialty databases of more than two million patients seen at Houston Methodist since 2006. The clinical data include patient's demographics, medical histories, allergies, outpatient vitals and so on. Each patient's hospital and clinic visits (also known as "encounters") include information on diagnoses, procedures, medications, lab tests, location of the visit, specialty of the provider and more.
Data are imported into METOER from the several sources mentioned and then cleansed (that is, reformatted for consistency and to remove patient identifiers) and transformed within a staging area before they are integrated and stored in the integrated data warehouse for research and analysis. The de-identified patient data are made accessible to support various applications, including outcomes research, clinical trial management, clinical decision making, teaching services and quality control and are coordinated carefully with best practices in access control, privacy and security. Portions of data can also be extracted from the data warehouse and stored in “data marts” to support specific application-driven analysis needs. Search, decision supports and analytics functions of METEOR are accessible via web interfaces or mobile devices.
The METEOR data warehouse is updated automatically on a regular basis and contains electronic health care data from major clinical source systems. In the future, additional sources of data, such as research and education data, will be identified and incorporated; these data include genomics, proteomics, behavior and research image data.
METEOR is a coordinated infrastructural program across Houston Methodist, including the Systems Medicine and Bioengineering department, Houston Methodist Research Institute, Hospital Information Technology, Quality Department, Institutional Review Board, various Centers of Excellence and clinical departments across the hospitals of Houston Methodist.