Doctors in Amsterdam may soon have more time in their busy schedules to spend with their patients.
A new way to access and manage patient data-the EGEE-developed Medical Data Manager, or MDM-was installed in June at the Amsterdam Medical Center, Netherlands, in its first deployment for real use.
They hope to finish testing by the end of this year, and use the tool in production in 2009.
In development since 2003, the MDM allows secure access to images in the DICOM format from grid resources. Standing for Digital Image and COmmunication in Medicine, DICOM is the prevailing world standard for computerized tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance images (MRI), positron-emission tomography (PET), X-rays and ultrasound images. MDM has several layers of access to comply with strict privacy requirements.
"This tool is expected to be a great boon for the doctors and researchers, " said Johan Montagnat, computing researcher at CNRS. "They can now access data quickly-avoiding the lengthy and tedious process of manual anonymization, copying and transferring."
The data catalog they can now access has swelled-since they can now compare any relevant data stored within the system. And they can access data remotely-useful if they are in the habit of using computers at different sites or using grid resources to perform analysis of their patient data.
-Danielle Venton, EGEE. Image courtesy of Amsterdam Medical Center