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Platform X: Overview

Platform X is a collaborative effort between the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) and UW Health. There are data sharing agreements and a research policy steering committee in place, to provide a safe, flexible and scalable cloud-based computing environment with advanced technical features and enhanced HIPAA security and privacy protections to research teams.  

Researchers use Platform X to manage and access their data :

    • A Platform X virtual machine (VM) is a cloud-based workstation for research team's exclusive use and control.
    • Research team members use their IT-managed SMPH workstations and laptops to securely connect to the VM via remote desktop
    • Data can be securely moved into and out of the VM using Globus.
    • The virtual machines come with standard researcher software installed and project-specific software may be installed in collaboration with the Platform X infrastructure team.

Why is it important to use Platform X?

  1. If you are receiving data from UW Health via Clinical Research Data Services (CRDS) Platform X is a secure way to receive and analyze the data.
  2. Platform X supports large research groups with dedicated environments or smaller teams. Data security and privacy protections are in place for all Px users.
  3. Data is backed up regularly and automatically. Your data is safe throughout VM shutdowns and configuration changes.

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