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GTG Projects

GeneScene Project

The GeneScene Project in biomedical informatics for clinical telegenetics began in 1999 when the Global TeleGenetics (GTG) GeneScene Service was founded with the mission to deliver clinical telegenetics care to underserved regions of the country and the world that did not have access to clinical genetics care. The GeneScene Screens developed by GTG provided the first online telegenetics screening services and were described in the conference abstracts Interactive Web-based Genetic Screening Questionnaires in a Primary Care and Obstetrics Practice: A Pilot Study and Interactive Web-based Genetic Screening Questionnaires: Comparison of Asian and American Participants published in 2000.

Initial work on the GeneScene Project built the software into one of the first online web-enabled electronic medical record (EMR) systems as early as 1999, and certainly, the first online EMR system customized for clinical telegenetics. Despite the clinical success of the GeneScene telegenetics health care and the technological success of the GeneScene EMR in providing service to several thousand patients, the GTG GeneScene Telegenetics Service was taken offline in 2004 due to a lack of adequate reimbursement or subsidization from patients, third-party payers, benefactors and government funding agencies.

Perhaps, the GeneScene Telegenetics Service of 1999-2004 was just ahead of its time, just too early and too far ahead of the curve. But now the time appears more auspicious to bring the GeneScene TeleGenetics Service back online because of the new support for development and modernization of health care information technology promoted by President Obama's administration. As a consequence, GTG will relaunch the GeneScene Screen Service later this year, and further consider a relaunch of the entire GeneScene Telegenetics Service. However, at the present time, you can find the original GeneScene Source Service in its new form as the GeneScene PORTAL Registry. If you have an interest as a health care provider in actively participating in further development of this field of clinical telegenetics, then GTG would welcome hearing from you via the Information Request Form or via the telephone/address found at the bottom of this web page.

ManRay Project

The ManRay Project in biomedical informatics for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine began in 2005 and was described in the conference poster The ManRay Project: Initial Development of a Web-Enabled Ontology for Nuclear Medicine published in 2006. Since then, it has led to the development of a catalogue of resources for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine available as the ManRay PORTAL Registry and a vision for a new specialty field called pharmacogenomic molecular imaging originally described in the conference poster PORTAL-DOORS Infrastructure System for Translational Biomedical Informatics on the Semantic Web and Grid published in 2008 and further detailed in the conference paper Knowledge Engineering for PharmacoGenomic Molecular Imaging of the Brain published in 2009.

PORTAL-DOORS Project (PDP) for the PORTAL-DOORS System (PDS)

The PORTAL-DOORS Project in biomedical informatics for the semantic web and grid began in 2006 with the goal of implementing a cyberinfrastructure system capable of effective data integration, communication and interoperability across different specialty domains in the health care and life sciences. The initial design paper DOORS to the Semantic Web and Grid with a PORTAL for Biomedical Computing was submitted in 2006, published by IEEE TITB online in 2007 and hardcopy print in 2008. The PORTAL-DOORS System (PDS) enables storage, management, and distribution of "who what where" metadata useful for identifying, describing, locating and linking things on the internet, web and grid.

Currently, the web site for the PORTAL-DOORS Project (PDP) provides anonymous user read access to resource metadata in the prototype PDS registries and directories as well as more detailed information on the continuing design, development, and implementation of PDS as a cyberinfrastructure for the semantic web and grid. The following web sites for resource metadata management at PORTAL registries and DOORS directories are maintained at these PDS registrars:

all of which require secure https connection for authorized agent write access. Resource metadata record agents with Author and/or Editor roles may access write privileges at the BHA and GTG Registrars but not the PDP Registrar where write access is restricted to agents with Admin roles.

For the most up-to-date report on PDS, please refer to A Distributed Infrastructure for Metadata about Metadata: The HDMM Architectural Style and PORTAL-DOORS System published online 1 June 2010 in the journal Future Internet.

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