Data is dramatically transforming biomedical research and health care. Genomes are now providing fundamental insights into our predisposition to diseases, response to therapies and the impact of the environment on our health. Moreover, advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) are revolutionizing fields such as diagnostic imaging, while analysis of health records is helping predict patients most likely to be readmitted to a hospital.

As a global scientific community, our ability to interpret and utilize the rapidly expanding. genomic and health data is still at a nascent stage. To fully realize the benefits of this valuable information, we need computational frameworks, policies, and infrastructure to securely store, share and interpret it using AI and other advanced analysis tools.

What is SD4Health?

SD4Health is a secure cloud infrastructure for analysis and sharing of genomic and health data. Through SD4H, we will be able to build an unprecedented resource that will enhance our capacity for genomic and health data analysis by orders of magnitude.

What will SD4H deliver?

During the next decade, our ability to use and share data will be critical in almost every clinical investigation, as well as in basic and biomedical research.

The growth in the utilization of high-throughput technologies and health data has already generated demand for analysis, software and computer technologies at a scale far beyond what is available in individual centers and even nationally.

To maximize scientific discovery, it is

Ensure the security of genomic and health data. Facilitate data sharing nationally and globally, while respecting patient privacy.
Apply advanced analytics, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), to distributed data.

Anticipated outcome:

This project will enable the creation of a new compute node for secure health computing in Québec and extension of the existing HPC4Health node in Ontario. Together, these will form the core of a unique inter-provincial digital platform that will later be expanded nationally. Internationally, it will further secure Canada’s world-leading position in the analysis and management of genomic and health da

In addition, SD4H also aims to:

Build a governance framework and secure infrastructure to analyze and share data nationally and internationally

Deploy advanced AI approaches for health data.

Enable transformative health-data driven projects.

For Information:

The objective of SD4Health is to support the Canadian genomics and biomedical community with their data projects. For more information, fill out our form and we will contact you. Should you have a service issue, email us at

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