Accelerating Patient Data Collection for COVID and other SARI related diseases through a Cloud Native Transformation with Otomi

Amsterdam UMC, a renowned medical center, is known for its excellence in healthcare and research. Inside it, NICE Research & Support faced tough times during the COVID-19 rush, needing faster data collection and better scalability. To tackle this, they chose Red Kubes' Otomi—a full Cloud Native Developer Paas for modern workloads.


Before implementing Otomi, NICE Research & Support in Amsterdam UMC faced several challenges:

1. Legacy  Infrastructure: The existing architecture relied on Apache Http and ApacheTomcat and numerous standalone applications for data collection and retrieval. This setup lacked scalability and real-time data processing capabilities.

2. Data  Collection:  As the COVID-19 pandemic  hit, there was a sudden surge in the need for daily data collection from hospitals. This necessitated a transition from manual data uploads to a more efficient and secure data collection process.

3. Scalability: With an increasing amount of data, the infrastructure needed to be highly scalable to handle the growing data volumes.

4. Security  and  Compliance: Healthcare data is highly sensitive and subject to strict  security and compliance regulations, such as GDPR. Ensuring data security and compliance was a top priority.

5. Operational  Efficiency: The manual deployment and release management of applications were  time-consuming and prone to errors.


NICE collaborated with Vancis, a Cloud technology partner for the move to a Private Cloud, and adopted Otomi to address the following challenges:

• Kubernetes Simplification: Otomi abstracted the complexity of Kubernetes, allowing Amsterdam UMC to focus on application development and data processing rather than infrastructure management.

• Data Collection Modernization: Otomi facilitated the transition to modern web technologies, ensuring secure and efficient data collection from over 75 hospitals.

• Scalability: Kubernetes, managed by Otomi, provides the scalability required to handle the rapid influx of data during events such as with the pandemic.

• Security and Compliance: Otomi's robust security features, coupled with Vancis' expertise, ensured compliance with GDPR and other regulations.

• Operational Efficiency: Otomi enabled GitOps practices, automating deployments and updates, leading to increased operational efficiency.


The implementation of Otomi yielded significant results for team of NICE Research & Support in Amsterdam UMC:

• Scalability: The platform efficiently handles the increase in data volume during

• Security and Compliance: Data security and regulatory compliance are maintained,  providing peace of mind  for healthcare providers and patients.

• Operational Efficiency: The automation of deployments and updates reduce manual errors and improve overall efficiency.

• Vendor  Neutrality: By adopting open-source  solutions  and  avoiding  vendor  lock-in,  NICE  Research  &  Support  in Amsterdam  UMC  retained  flexibility  and  control  over  their  infrastructure  and is able to redeploy the current cloud native architecture on any Kubernetes in any cloud

• Preparedness for the Future: The agile infrastructure is now well-prepared for future pandemics or healthcare crises.

• Data  Standardization:  Standardized data collection processes enable  faster  data  analysis  and  reporting. The ability to now run multiple versions and  instances of the HAPI  FHIR  protocol  and the ability to do rolling upgrades due to the containerisation.

• Resource Optimization: With smaller, modular components, NICE Research & Support in Amsterdam UMC can replace or update individual parts without affecting the entire system.

NICE Research & Support’s partnership with Vancis and Red  Kubes plus the adoption of Otomi have not only resolved  immediate  challenges  but  also  positioned  them for continued success in healthcare data management. By  embracing  modern  Kubernetes-based  practices  and leveraging  the  power  of  Otomi,  in Amsterdam UMC has demonstrated  their commitment to delivering  high-quality healthcare  and  driving  innovation in the field of medical research.