And now for a a dif­fer­ent kind of data-min­ing ...

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

A Cana­dian firm that de­vel­ops com­put­er­ized health­care in­for­ma­tion and train­ing technology has pur­chased a data-min­ing com­pany based in the United King­dom, but the buyer isn’t get­ting what a health­care IT afi­cionado might think.

CAE of Mon­treal makes robotic sim­u­la­tors for sur­gi­cal train­ing in health­care, as well as flight sim­u­la­tors for pi­lot train­ing and sim­u­la­tion technology to help na­tional se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties as­sess and re­spond to var­i­ous threats.

In an­nounc­ing it had acquired the Datamine Group, CAE said in a news state­ment the new ac­qui­si­tion fits into its long-term strat­egy to lever­age the com­pany’s mod­el­ing, sim­u­la­tion and train­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in new in­dus­tries: health­care, en­ergy and min­ing. Yes, that’s right, min­ing—as in dig­ging ore from the ground, not find­ing nuggets of mean­ing in data­bases stuffed with elec­tronic med­i­cal records.

Datamine’s soft­ware, in fact, keeps ge­o­log­i­cal data in an or­derly fash-- ion and helps com­pa­nies de­sign and run hard rock mines.

Nick Leon­tidis, CAE’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of strat­egy and busi­ness devel­op­ment, said it plans to in­tro­duce sim­u­la­tors to mine plan­ning, sched­ul­ing and train­ing.

“As with our health­care and en­ergy ini­tia­tives,” he said, “these are early days, but we are con­vinced that we can de­velop a mean­ing­ful po­si­tion in these ar­eas over the long term.”

We never knew data-min­ing re­quired hard hats.

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