IBM and UCSF

Press Release, IBM teams with UCSF to link university’s research and clinical data, Nov 17 2003.

The three-year collaboration…will use the power of information technology to bridge clinical and genomic research — across UCSF departments and throughout its research and clinical sites. This approach marks a major departure from the way research is conducted in most academic medical centers today and is considered crucial to continue to advance medical diagnosis and to find new genetic and environmental causes of diseases. The collaboration is a result of a competitive proposal process.

UCSF and IBM will develop an advanced clinical and genomic information management program, allowing scientists from different disciplines to work with physicians to seek the genetic links implicated in their patients’ illnesses. One of the team’s goals is to develop a Web-based system that is readily accessible to physicians with little information technology training. The IBM scientists will work side by side with their physician-scientist counterparts on site at UCSF. The technology infrastructure will be designed to protect the security and privacy of patient health information.

Bio-IT World has an article about the collaboration here.

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