San Diego, CA — San Diego business, medical, and academic leaders will join forces for a public presentation on a new report from the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) on the Internet and its effects on human health and biomedical research. The presentation will be hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) September 11, 2000 at the Institute of the Americas auditorium on the UC San Diego campus.
The CTSB report, “Networking Health: Prescriptions for the Internet,” examines the technical, organizational, and policy-related efforts that are needed for the Internet to fulfill its potential in consumer health, clinical care, public health, and biomedical research.
The “Networking Health” project will define technical capabilities that the Internet must provide in order to support a variety of medical applications. It identifies likely health care applications of the Internet; examines their demands for such capabilities as bandwidth, quality of service, security, and access; and recommends an appropriate strategy for implementing these capabilities in the Internet of the future. An attempt will be made to distinguish those capabilities that are unique to health care applications from those more generally demanded of the Internet. The report was released in February 2000 prepublication and published as a book in June 2000.
The briefing will feature remarks by three members of the CSTB study committee and other regional experts in the application of the Internet to biomedical research and health care. Opening remarks will be given by Sid Karin, director of SDSC and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational infrastructure (NPACI).
The Report Presentation panel will consist of Edward H. Shortliffe, professor and chair of medical informatics at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center; Russ B. Altman, associate professor of medicine (and computer science by courtesy) at Stanford University; Daniel Masys, director of biomedical informatics and associate clinical professor of medicine at UC San Diego.
The Responses panel consists of Mark H. Ellisman, professor of neurosciences and bioengineering, and director of the Center for Research on Biological Structure and the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research at UC San Diego; John Wooley, associate vice chancellor for research at UC San Diego; and Charles Mittman, dean for clinical affairs at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. For more information, visit the CSTB Web site at http://www.cstb.org .
CSTB is a unit of the National Research Council, an organization of the National Academy of Sciences. A pioneer in framing and analyzing Internet policy issues, CSTB is unique in its scope and effective, interdisciplinary appraisal of technical, economic, social, and policy issues. CSTB, like other NRC units, is funded by government agencies, corporations, and foundations on a core and/or project basis.
SDSC is an organized research unit of the University of California, San Diego, and the leading-edge site of the NPACI (http://www.npaci.edu/). SDSC is funded by the National Science Foundation through NPACI and other federal agencies, the State and University of California, and private organizations. For additional information about SDSC and NPACI, see http://www.sdsc.edu/ .