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NSF-CRI'07 Breakout Session

June 5, 2007

Opportunities and Challenges of CRI support of Healthcare Applications


The purpose of this breakout session is to consider and review applications of information and communication technologies to healthcare and identify CRI challenges. Solutions to these challenges may come from the convergence and collaboration of different areas of computer science (networks, databases, user interfaces, programming languages, among others). In order to tackle healthcare challenges, especially those involving human subjects and university hospitals, academic researchers need to consider exciting directions that call for new ways to achieve mobility and ubiquity in healthcare systems, interoperability of heterogeneous medical record formats or databases, standardization of technologies, security and certification, record mining, HIPAA/privacy restrictions, data/user authentication, user training, sensitive data sharing, usability evaluation, scalability, and others. Robust and secure mobile access improves communication and work flow and allows virtual teams of scientists to work remotely. New infrastructures to support virtual research team collaboration with hand-held devices containing vital health information, remote access to diverse resources (e.g., genetic databases or software tools), and/or the ability to interact with the supply chain management of drugs, food and health supplies, are all important practical applications to global health. New types of CRIs are needed to track and analyze infection outbreaks and disease phenomena from biological, behavioral, social, and environmental perspectives or to track vaccine supplies. Other challenges and applications include, infrastructures to train and work with foreign health givers, seamless access to diverse devices, (e.g., handheld PCs, notebooks, tablet PCs, etc.), sensor-based infrastructures for @home care, methods to prevent e-health risks from data consolidation, and legal infrastructures to protect sensitive data (e.g., sexually-transmitted diseases, drug-dependence, mental health, etc).

Session Leader and Moderator: Fillia Makedon, University of Texas, Arlington

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