In thinking about health IT, NASA might be the last federal agency that comes to mind. That’s what makes a seven-year joint venture between the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles such an unlikely partnership.
Yet the two have an ongoing common need: to easily share and analyze massive amounts of data across far flung labs and clinics across the nation.
NASA’s research target was planetary science; Childrens Hospital’s was early detection of pediatric cancer. A chance encounter of researchers associated with the two fields at a 2003 conference ultimately led to a project to use grid software developed by JPL to help build a system to support the early detection of pediatric cancer.
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*NOTE ~ This will be presented at O'Reilly OSCON in Portland, Oregon July 22, 2010