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Visualization in Health Grid Environments: A Novel Service and Business Approach

  • Frank Dickmann
  • Mathias Kaspar
  • Benjamin Löhnhardt
  • Nick Kepper
  • Fred Viezens
  • Frank Hertel
  • Michael Lesnussa
  • Yassene Mohammed
  • Andreas Thiel
  • Thomas Steinke
  • Johannes Bernarding
  • Dagmar Krefting
  • Tobias A. Knoch
  • Ulrich Sax
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5745)

Abstract

Advanced visualization technologies are gaining major importance to allow presentation and manipulation of high dimensional data. Since new health technologies are constantly increasing in complexity, adequate information processing is required for diagnostics and treatment. Therefore, the German D-Grid initiative started to build visualization centers in 2008, which have recently been embedded into the existing compute and storage infrastructure. This paper describes an analysis of this infrastructure and the interplay with life science applications for 3D and 4D visualization and manipulation. Furthermore, the performance and business aspects regarding accounting, pricing and billing are investigated. The results show the viability and the opportunities for further optimization of this novel service approach and the possibilities for a sustainable business scenario.

Keywords

MediGRID distributed visualization accounting and billing telemedicine service business model 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Dickmann
    • 1
  • Mathias Kaspar
    • 1
  • Benjamin Löhnhardt
    • 1
  • Nick Kepper
    • 2
    • 3
  • Fred Viezens
    • 4
  • Frank Hertel
    • 4
  • Michael Lesnussa
    • 2
  • Yassene Mohammed
    • 5
  • Andreas Thiel
    • 6
  • Thomas Steinke
    • 7
  • Johannes Bernarding
    • 4
  • Dagmar Krefting
    • 8
  • Tobias A. Knoch
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ulrich Sax
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Medical InformaticsUniversity of GöttingenGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.Biophysical Genomics, Dept. Cell Biology & GeneticsErasmus MCRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Biophysical Genomics, Genome Organization & Function, BioQuant CenterGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany
  4. 4.Institute for Biometrics and Medical Computer ScienceOtto-von-Guericke UniversityMagdeburgGermany
  5. 5.RRZN – Regional Compute Centre for Lower SaxonyLeibniz Universität HannoverHannoverGermany
  6. 6.OFFIS / R&D Division HealthOldenburgGermany
  7. 7.Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB)Berlin-DahlemGermany
  8. 8.Department of Medical InformaticsCharite - University MedicineBerlinGermany
  9. 9.Department of Information TechnologyUniversity Medicine GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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