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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-012-01-0080


A Collaborative Biomedical Research System

Adel Taweel (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)

Alan Rector (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)

Jeremy Rogers (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)

Abstract: The convergence of need between improved clinical care and post genomics research presents a unique challenge to restructuring information flow so that it benefits both without compromising patient safety or confidentiality. The CLEF project aims to link-up heath care with bioinformatics to build a collaborative research platform that enables a more effective biomedical research. In that, it addresses various barriers and issues, including privacy both by policy and by technical means, towards establishing its eventual system. It makes extensive use of language technology for information extraction and presentation, and its shared repository is based around coherent "chronicles" of patients' histories that go beyond traditional health record structure. It makes use of a collaborative research workbench that encompasses several technologies and uses many tools providing a rich platform for clinical researcher.

Keywords: bioinformatics, cancer, computerized patient records, confidentiality, electronichealth records, natural languageprocessing, privacy, security

Categories: H.3.1, H.3.3, H.3.4, H.3.5, H.5.2, I.2.7, I.5.0, I.7.0, J.3, K.4.1, K.6.5, M.0, M.6