Pennsylvania data center approved by Derry Township

A Pennsylvania data center designated to assist the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center was approved by Derry township this January. The center, which will replace the current Sipe Avenue facility, will be built south of the Life Lion helicopter rescue center. It will add 65,554 square feet of space to the medical center.

The Pennsylvania data center will be designed to perform analytics on genetic information and treatments that aim to fix patients by targeting their genetic makeup. Gene therapy is already used at Penn State, but the data center is tasked with keeping track of this and "population health," which will allow them to keep better tabs on their patients' path to recovery.

Additionally, the proposed data center will hold existing electronic data, research records and computer servers. 

"Two of the biggest factors in modern health care are personalized medicine and population health, and the common denominator with both is the ability to gather and analyze large volumes of health rich data," said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, the CEO of the medical center and dean of its medical school.

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