IBM Web Technology for Healthcare Solutions

Tech company IBM says it 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).

“IBM believes an ongoing commitment to open source and cooperative applications is a critical component for building a smarter, healthier planet,” said David Boloker, chief technology officer, Emerging Technologies, IBM.

“We are pleased to open code and drive innovation in partnership with the Dojo Foundation Project in an effort to streamline and enhance research and real-time interactive analysis of participant data.”

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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 (COPDGene), says IBM.

“The online system we’ve been using on the COPDGene patients is exciting and extremely impressive,” said James D. Crapo, MD and COPDGene executive committee member.

“With the online collaboration capabilities we now have at our fingertips, we’re in constant communication and are uncovering key trends that will help us to better understand the disease.”

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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. IBM made this announcement Monday, Oct. 3.

In the picture above: CT images for a specific patient viewable on an iPad as part of research being conducted on COPD. COPDGene collaborators from around the globe can review and compare the clinical data and CT scan images of more than 10,000 individuals using IBM technology and the OpenCoweb Framework.

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Rakesh Raman