Part of the success of the Medical Informatics Platform relies on the scientific / medical community sharing and using the infrastructure.
The Project’s clinical outreach effort is expected to attract new hospitals to the network, working towards the Project’s longer-term targets for the Operational Phase. As part of this work, the Project is developing common protocols for data capture. Additionally tools and workflows necessary to appropriately anonymise all data are being provided to the hospitals to ensure privacy. A first framework is being developed at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne. Ultimately, this framework will be packaged and proposed for deployment in the other hospitals.
Hospitals will be able to use the tools provided by the Platform, not only for research into neurological and psychiatric disease but also as a tool they can use in other areas of medicine (e.g. oncology, cardiology etc.). This creates an additional incentive to use the Platform.