Innovative Informatics for Clinical and Translational Researchers

October 18, 2010

On Friday, I attended this symposium sponsored by the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health where the meeting was held. The symposium presented some of the latest software development for supporting research in academic medical centers. Topic areas included:

  • Data Repositories for Research
  • Participant Recruitment Tools and Strategies
  • Clinical Information Systems and Research Study Management Systems
  • Research Portal Innovations

Some highlights include

  • i2b2 as a data repository (Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside)
  • REDCap for research study management (Research Electronic Data Capture) – used in over 160 centers
  • Vivo – enabling scientific collaboration – an impressive development using semantic technology.

The scope of these technologies are impressive and on the cusp of enabling great strides in medical research. Through the NIH and CTSA grant process, this parallel development to the Health 2.0 startup process is ongoing. When will these academic tools converge with the Health 2.0 and social media explosion to transform medicine together?

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