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IBM Donating Cooperative Web Technology

Enables life-changing health care solutions

IBM on Monday announced that the company is donating new software code to help health care and other industries work on shared content in real-time, on the Web. The code is from IBM Project Blue Spruce and will be donated to the Dojo Foundation's Open Cooperative Web Framework (OpenCoweb).

Developed in the IBM labs, Project Blue Spruce allows people to simultaneously interact and update content in real-time via a web browser on computers and the Apple iPad and includes video chat. For example, using Project Blue Spruce, a sales rep could in a browser conduct a video chat with a client while they complete an online sales form together.

Today, researchers for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are using the IBM code to help analyze health records of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPDGeneR).

iTel Companies, Inc. ( iTel) has created a mental health offering called iTelepsych.com. This customized telehealth solution uses IBM Blue Spruce Project code and allows patients to virtually meet and communicate with mental health providers via HIPPA-compliant video conferencing for real-time medical treatment from any location with an internet connection. In addition, medical professionals can expedite critical decision making by simultaneously manipulating data and collaboratively discussing brain images and lab results. iTelepsych.com can be customized for individual healthcare providers, and can provide a cohesive experience for the patient as the portal to HIPPA compliant telehealth consultations.

IBM technology and the OpenCoweb Framework are a key component of the system utilized by COPDGeneR investigators, correlating clinic and medical imaging findings to increase understanding of the disease processes and the underlying genetic factors. COPDGeneR collaborators from around the globe can review and compare the clinical data and CT scan images of more than 10,000 individuals.

The system provides access to selected cases in real-time. Through graphic representations, the investigators are able to study outlying cases and select cases for further study in order to identify the features and genetic factors that influence the development of specific abnormalities seen in patients with COPD. The cooperative web methodology of the OpenCowebFramework increases the data available to researchers and provides tools for data analysis. This has decreased repetitive requests for the same raw data from multiple individuals and opens new possibilities for data mining by the researchers.

With the code donation to the OpenCoweb Framework, developers can build new solutions that allow concurrent real-time interactions between remote users using external data sources such as a co-authoring editor. The OpenCoweb Framework is built on web standards and consists of JavaScript libraries. The libraries serve as building blocks for Web application developers to design custom solutions for a variety of industries such as custom imaging applications for healthcare or collaborative investment portfolios for the finance industry.

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