Secure, reliable and dynamic access to distributed clinical data
AuthorSTELL, ANTHONY; SINNOTT, RICHARD; Ajayi, Oluwafemi
Source TitleProceedings of the Third International Life Science Grid Workshop (LSGRID)
AffiliationComputing and Information Systems
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsStell, A., Sinnott, R., & Ajayi, O. (2006). Secure, reliable and dynamic access to distributed clinical data. In Proceedings of the Third International Life Science Grid Workshop (LSGRID) , Yokohama, Japan.
Access StatusOpen Access
This is a pre-print version of a paper from Proceedings of the Third International Life Science Grid Workshop (LSGRID) , 13-14 Oct 2006, Yokohama, Japan.
An abundance of statistical and scientific data exists in the area of clinical and epidemiological studies. Much of this data is distributed across regional, national and international boundaries with different policies on access and usage, and a multitude of different schemata for the data often complicated by the variety of supporting clinical coding schemes. This prevents the wide scale collation and analysis of such data as is often needed to infer clinical outcomes and to determine the often moderate effect of drugs. Through grid technologies it is possible to overcome the barriers introduced by distribution of heterogeneous data and services. However reliability, dynamicity and fine-grained security are essential in this domain, and are not typically offered by current grids. The MRC funded VOTES project (Virtual Organisations for Trials and Epidemiological Studies) has implemented a prototype infrastructure specifically designed to meet these challenges. This paper describes this on-going implementation effort and the lessons learned in building grid frameworks for and within a clinical environment.
KeywordsGrid; clinical trials; data infrastructure
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