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A Medical Area Network of Virtual Technology (MANVT)

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Final rept. 22 Sep 2006-21 Sep 2011

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The Clinical Breast Care Project CBCP is currently located in three centers, two of which are directly involved in both clinical and molecular research with the other four focused solely on patient accrual. The research centers perform advanced genomic, proteomic and immunology research and tissue banking utilizing state-of-the art technologies. These molecular research technologies yield a vast amount of complex data, conceptually in the terabyte range, particularly as the original data is retained because of the critical nature of the clinical specimens. The complexity, size and importance of clinical data, diagnostic imaging mammography, ultrasound, PETCT, MRI and pathology, graphical and digital images that are generated by the high throughput analytical and computational tools already acquired and the need for rapid exchange of clinically relevant information among the centers has required the development of direct links via high speed and high bandwidth networks and the ability to transfer all data generated at the different sites to a central and secure data-warehousing facility. The CBCP centers are fully staffed and operational. Budget for additional sites is under consideration. The first three years of the MANVT project focused on linking these main facilities via a high speed and dedicated network that enables the secure flow of confidential and de-identified patient data into the project s secure data warehouse. The aim of the MANVT project has been to link, through a dark fiber network, the main CBCP subprojects and satellites to enable rapid and secure clinical and research data uploading, warehousing and querying followed by downloading of the results of successful queries to remote sites with access to the database.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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