Creating a National Cyberinfrastructure to Support Research: enabling research communities for success
Gwen Jacobs, Professor of Neuroscience, Assistant CIO, Montana State University
Advances in high speed, high capacity regional, national and international networks, along with access to high performance computing centers have greatly improved the infrastructure to support the distributed, computation intensive nature of scientific research. The ability to work collaboratively across space and time has created it's own set of new challenges for scientists who now need an infrastructure that supports access to distributed data, resources and colleagues. These new challenges include developing new methods for access to and integration of massive distributed data sources, robust suites of analysis tools and sophisticated collaboration environments. Large scale science also requires new methods to enable the requisite social interactions between collaborators that will insure their success working as a distributed team. Examples of best practices and success stories are emerging across many disciplines, including the National Centers for Biomedical Computing and the most recently, the iPlant Collaborative, an effort to develop a seemless cybeinfrastructure for the plant biology community. This talk will provide an overview of some of these efforts and highlight the challenges we face in this new era of cyberinfrastructure enabled science.
Enabling Specialty Care for Veterans in Rural Areas
Rodney Cain , HealthBridge
Moderator: Craig Miller, Chief Architect, NHIN CONNECT Gateway
Todd Rowland , Todd Rowland, MD, in role of VA neurologist Linda Wells-Freiberger, NP, a primary care providerSteve Wallace, Internet2
Demonstration: Three health networks collaborate to support a consultation between a nurse practitioner at a rural clinic and a specialist at a VA Medical Center. Their collaboration is made possible through their use of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). The networks include an FCC Rural Healthcare Pilot Program participant, a large health information exchange, and the Veterans Administration. The NHIN supports interoperability across these networks by specifying standard core services that are provided by NHIN gateways - the on-ramps to the NHIN. More than twenty federal agencies have joined a coalition, the Federal Health Architecture (FHA), to develop "CONNECT" - an open source NHIN gateway implementation. In this demo, each of the three networks uses its own CONNECT gateway to exchange health information over the NHIN. Internet2 will show how it supports health networking with reliable infrastructure and network management services that benefit both real-time videoconferencing and health information exchange.
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