- molecular data (e.g. genomics, proteomics)
- cellular data (e.g. pathways)
- tissue data (e.g. cancer types, wound healing)
- personal data (e.g. PHR, EHR)
- population data (e.g. epidemiology)
Few challenges remain, such as:
- How do we secure and maintain high performance of such distributed structure of data integration and computing?
- How do we close the gap between grid standards and health-related standards [some nice work's been done here by Power, et al]?
- How do we go about next-generation open source ontologies for medical informatics?
- How do we close the gap between hospital policies, public health policies, etc. and the grid approach?
- How do we go about consumerism and patient ownership of her or his data?
Successes are already underway in the health community, for example:
- in the European health community (HealthGrid©)
- US CDC [presentation on the Public Health Grid by Ken Hall (BearingPoint, Inc) and Dr. Tom Savel (US CDC) at the recent HimSS February 2008 meeting]
I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on this...
- US CDC Recommends Mesh4x to Synchronize Data using Epi Info™
- CDC/InSTEDD Collaboration blog
- Empowering Epidemiologists to Share Information, Anytime, Anywhere: Epi Info™ and Mesh4x
- Epi Info™ current website on CDC.gov (available for download Epi Info™ 3.5.1 (last accessed May 16th, 2009))
- Epi Info™ User Forum
- Epi Info™ Community Edition (CE)
- Epi Info™ Friends Group on Google (Restricted to invited members. To become a member, contact the group owner at email@example.com)
- Epi Info™ in Italy
- Epi Info™ in Brazil (Portuguese)
- Epi Info™ in Spain
- InSTEDD Mesh4X
- InSTEDD Mesh4x Discussion Group
- Juan Marcelo Tondato's Blog on Mesh4x
- Eduardo Jezierski's Blog on Mesh4x
- Taha Kass-Hout's Blog on Mesh4x
- Daniel Cazzulino's Blog on Mesh Architecture
- Pablo M. Cibraro's Blog on Mesh Architecture
- Public Health Grid (PHGrid) - Research & Development