Last week, Microsoft data scientists announced they had developed and donated a new Azure-powered data analysis tool to Seattle Children’s Research Institute and pediatric researchers across the world in an attempt to solve sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
The new platform will allow vast amounts of federal government data to be tapped that hasn’t been analyzed using the cloud.
SIDS is a leading cause of death among children from one to 12 months of age and approximately 4,000 infants in the U.S. die annually from it and related occurrences, the Microsoft press release said.
The release said Microsoft general manager John Kahan lost his son to SIDS 13 years ago and has been working to raise money to fight SIDs since.
In the pilot project, the tool already showed new correlations, including every hour that expectant mothers spend at prenatal visits reduces SIDS incidents and that every cigarette smoked by a pregnant woman is linked to an increase in SIDS deaths.