Grid Technologies for E-Health: Applications for Telemedicine Services and Delivery

Grid Technologies for E-Health: Applications for Telemedicine Services and Delivery

Ekaterine Kldiashvili (Georgian Telemedicine Union, Georgia)
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Release Date: July, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 280|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-010-4
ISBN13: 9781616920104|ISBN10: 1616920106|EISBN13: 9781616920111|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781616923754
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Description

Grid computing has emerged as an important new field, distinguished from conventional distributed computing by its focus on large-scale resource sharing and innovative applications as well as an establishment for the creation of e-health networks.

Grid Technologies for E-Health: Applications for Telemedicine Services and Delivery examines innovations to further improve medical management using grid computing. A defining collection of field advancements, this publication discusses the significance of automation and IT resources in healthcare technology previously infeasible due to computing and data-integration constraints.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Computational grids
  • Diagnostic pathology
  • E-learning in telemedicine
  • Grid technology in telepathology
  • Gridifying neuroscientific pipelines
  • Health care grid services
  • Tele-audiology
  • Teleradiology grids
  • Virtual organization technology for e-health
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

Reviews and Testimonials

The manuscript represents the most current development in application of Grid technologies for telemedicine and eHealth purposes. ... Having in mind the vision for the manuscript, I have asked some of the best and the experienced in Grid technologies and telemedicine and eHealth to help me put together this manuscript, which should be understandable, informative, and comprehensive.

– Dr. Ekaterina Kldiashvili, Georgian Telemedicine Union, Georgia

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Preface

The manuscript represents the most current development in application of Grid technologies for telemedicine and eHealth purposes. The popularity of the Internet as well as the availability of powerful computers and high-speed network technologies as low-cost commodity components has led to the development of Grid computing. The term Grid is chosen as an analogy to a power Grid that provides consistent, pervasive, dependable, transparent access to electricity irrespective of its source. A detailed analysis of this analogy can be found. Grids enable the sharing, selection, and aggregation of a wide variety of resources including supercomputers, storage systems, data sources, and specialized devices that are geographically distributed and owned by different organizations. The Grid infrastructure can benefit different applications. It can be viewed as a seamless, integrated computational and collaborative environment. Grid applications often couple resources that cannot be replicated at a single site, or which may be globally located for other practical reasons. These are some of the driving forces behind the foundation of global Grids. In this light, the Grid allows users to solve larger or new problems by pooling together resources that could not be easily coupled before. Hence, the Grid is not only a computing infrastructure, for large applications, it is a technology that can bind and unify remote and diverse distributed resources.

Research using population-based data repositories gains increasing importance of Grid technologies in academia, industry and governmental bodies. In life sciences, e.g., there is a compelling demand for the integration and exploitation of heterogeneous biomedical information for improved clinical practice, medical research, and personalized healthcare. In this context Grid technologies are becoming a common infrastructure in order to federate different data sources to enable researchers as well as medical professionals to query and access distributed information in a unified and integrated way and to seamlessly provide computing resources. Various Grid-related research projects focus on the development, enhancement and implementation of Grid infrastructures in healthcare.  

The present publication presents application of possibilities of Grid technologies for telemedicine and eHealth as well as presentation of ongoing projects and achievements. Having in mind the vision for the manuscript, I have asked some of the best and the experienced in Grid technologies and telemedicine and eHealth to help me put together this manuscript, which should be understandable, informative, and comprehensive. I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to the manuscript. I hope this publication will reflect the current status of application of Grid technologies for telemedicine and eHealth purposes.

Dr. Ekaterina Kldiashvili, Georgian Telemedicine Union (Association), Georgia

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Ekaterine Kldiashvili, PhD, holds a MSc in Biology (1995) and Ph.D. in Histology, Cytology and Embryology (2003) from the Tbilisi State University. Ekaterina works as Executive Director in Georgian Telemedicine Union (Association), Head of Lab and Telemedicine Group in Medical Center “Neoclinic”, managing NATO Networking Infrastructure Project (2005-2006, 2007-2009), BSEC tender (2005-2006), telemedicine pilot actions, whole activity of GTU and also creation of eHealth network in Georgia. Prior to joining GTU Ekaterina worked at department of Pathology of Central Clinic of Tbilisi State Medical University, establishing and leading the electron microscopy laboratory. She was trained in cytological diagnosis of malignant tumors at department of Oncology of the Tbilisi State Medical Academy. Ekaterina also acted as Clinical Cytologist at department of pathology of Central Clinic of Tbilisi State Medical University and Virologist at Republic Center of AIDS and Clinical Immunology. She participated as researcher in Neuroscience project funded by Soros foundation. Ekaterina Kldiashvili represented GTU’s activity and pilot actions at Med-e-Tel (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008).

Indices

Editorial Board

  • Charles Doarn, University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Maria Laires, EHTO - European Health Telematics Observatory
  • Rifat Latifi, Telemedicine Services, UMC