Posted by: commonsresource | June 18, 2010

Out of this world? – NASA open source technology improves medical decisions

Having spent time with my “rocket scientist” friend Mike a few days ago, perhaps it is fitting that I wrap up my week of posts with a link to the O’Reilly Radar NASA technology leads to better medical decisions podcast. In the podcast, Alex Howard interviews Chris Mattmann who is a senior computer scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Chris and Alex discuss how NASA objected-oriented data technology (OODT), that is based on Grid technology and was originally focused on planetary science, has found increasing application in health IT.  In particular, OODT (which is the first NASA open source software project in the Apache Incubator) is being used at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (and the Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit that CHLA founded in 1998) to improve both data collection and analysis and the medical decision process.

While this NASA project may not, in Alex’s words, be a “moon-shot”, I think that it is truly out of this world and commend all that are involved in this important and innovative work.

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