Henry J. Lowe, MD

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  • Transforming the cancer center in the 21st century. M.D. computing : computers in medical practice Lowe, H. J. 1999; 16 (3): 40-42


    Academic cancer centers will be hit, simultaneously, by all three of the technology tidal waves outlined above within the next five years. In preparing for this impact one should note the central role that Internet technologies will play in providing solutions in all three areas. In addition, as the volume and size of data objects increases dramatically, having an adequate networking infrastructure in place will be crucial. So what do we do now to prepare for the future? The following five steps are suggested: (1) Establish an oncology informatics group within the cancer center to provide the necessary expertise and begin the planning process. (2) Begin implementing a secure intranet based on standard Internet technologies. (3) Work with the host medical center and external agencies to determine who will pay for and implement a high-bandwidth networking infrastructure. (4) Recruit a bioinformatician who can help implement technologies to take advantage of the genomics data wave when it hits. (5) Ensure that the cancer center's EMR system can support cancer protocol data and facilitate the retrieval and delivery of the complex digital imaging data that are in our future.

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