Center for Information Technology Services

Internet2 Day @ UM


Next Generation Networking:
Healthcare in the Fast Lane
Michael J. Ackerman, Ph.D.
National Library of Medicine

Traditionally, health care in the U.S. was delivered by a sole practitioner. Today's interrelated and interdependent healthcare system is dependent on the quality, timeliness and privacy of information. It is the network which brings the necessary information to the point of need. The commercial Internet was neither fast enough, reliable enough, nor secure enough to support the needs of a modern healthcare system. The academic research community called for the creation of a next generation network to meet these needs. The role NLM is playing to meet these needs, is a leading one which explores what next generation networking technology will mean to the delivery of healthcare.

Dr. Ackerman received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in Biomedical Engineering. He currently is Assistant Director for High Performance Computing and Communications at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Ackerman is active in the field of medical informatics. He is a founding member of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Ackerman's work has been recognized through numerous awards. His work on the Visible Human Project is well known throughout the medical and scientific communities.

National Digital Mammography Archive
On the Next Generation Internet

The National Digital Mammography Archive (NDMA) project, funded by the National Library of Medicine, is developing a testbed to demonstrate the feasibility of a national breast imaging archive using Next Generation Internet (NGI) technologies. The objective is to provide a data-rich, dynamic resource that crosses healthcare enterprises and provides clinicians and researchers the ability to access images, data and reports wherever they are needed. NGI technologies will be used to transfer large data files, execute real-time queries and access information securely. The testbed will demonstrate that quality of service, medical data privacy and security, nomadic computing, network management research and development, and infrastructure technology for collaboration, are NGI technologies that are integral to widespread deployment and optimal utilization of digital mammography. The project is a collaborative effort lead by the University of Pennsylvania and includes the Universities of North Carolina, Chicago and Toronto. The presenters are:

Mitchell D. Schnall, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

As Principal Investigator of NDMA, Dr. Schnall is Chief of MRI at the Medical Center and Associate Chair for Research in the Radiology Dept. at the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive research experience in the area of breast imaging.

Robert J. Hollebeek, Ph.D.
National Scalable Cluster Project, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Hollebeek is director and co-founder of the National Scalable Cluster Project at the University of Pennsylvania, a multi-university consortium with data mining infrastructure connected by high-speed wide area networks. He has extensive experience in data intensive computing. He studies parallel and distributed computing approaches to the analysis of data from many fields.

Reuben S. Mezrich, M.D., Ph.D.
Dept. of Radiology, UM

Dr. Mezrich is Chairman of Radiology at UM School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Baltimore, he was Director of Technology at the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, responsible for creating collaborations between scientists at MIT and clinicians at the Harvard Medical School in order to develop new medical technology. Before that he was Interim Chairman of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During that tenure he worked with Drs. Schnall and Hollebeek in developing the NDMA.

Access to the Instructor:
Internet2 Can Make This Possible
R. Gary Hollenbeck, Ph.D.
School of Pharmacy, UM

A major driver for distance education initiatives has been access for students: the compelling idea of bringing instruction to the student, rather than the other way around. This presentation features the corollary: access to the instructor, and the utilization of I2 in a more traditional lecture modality.

Dr. Hollenbeck is associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. He joined the School of Pharmacy faculty in 1977 after receiving his Ph.D. in industrial and physical pharmacy from Purdue University. He was selected as Teacher of the Year in 2002. Dr. Hollenbeck has a reputation for persistently encouraging faculty to exploit technology and uses a great variety of settings and wide range of technical aids in his instruction.

Video Scientific Collaboration
Patricia A. Abbott, PhD , RN, FAAN
School of Nursing, UM

Dr. Patricia Abbott will demonstrate real-time scientific collaboration with Dr. Charles P. Friedman, University of Pittsburgh Center for Biomedical Informatics. The use of this real-time, face-to-face collaboration is something that Internet2 affords our campus faculty.

Dr. Abbott is the Coordinator of the Graduate Programs in Nursing Informatics. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Informatics Association and serves on the Editorial Board for JAMIA (Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association). Dr. Abbott is a member of the UMB Planning Committee for the development of a PhD/MS program in Biomedical and Health Informatics. She is a member of the AHRO Decision Sciences and HealthCare Technology Study Section and has authored numerous papers and book chapters centered on Healthcare Informatics. Her research is focused on data mining techniques in healthcare data sets.