Explorys (an IBM Company) is developing an online search system to enable medical professionals and researchers to easily and efficiently access medical data to promote research, discovery and ultimately enhanced patient care. This system will allow users to collaborate, search, and tag meaningful correlations from treatments and outcomes within patient populations while maintaining security and privacy. The Explorys system is based upon a Software as a Service (SaaS) model that offers rapid deployment and zero cost of ongoing internal support and capital. The system adheres to the high standards of security and policy utilizing a specialized Secure Data Gateway Appliance (SDGA) that manages data collection, mapping, and security within a HIPAA compliant framework. Explorys is designed to play a supporting role within the health IT ecosystem; one that is accretive to electronic health records, data warehousing, and business intelligence initiatives.