Clinical based research is the epitome of healthcare technology and innovation. As scientists from all over the globe perform clinical tests on patients, drugs, therapies, and medical treatments, evidence of their efficacy are published at a high rate. Additionally, the information that is divulged from one trial inherently affects the evidence found in another. In many ways, scientists collaborate while synergistically joining different parts of data, statistics, and medical outcomes to assist medical evolution. Accordingly, the way clinical data is stored in global databases and networks has been forever changed by the invention of cloud computing software.
Imagine what it has been like in the past twenty to thirty years for medical scientists of all kinds. The research process contains many different steps requiring thorough analysis and interpretation. With the introduction of cloud computing in medical research facilities, the time it takes to research a specific subject has been dramatically decreased. One of the leading research based universities in the United States has made an influential contribution to biomedical research that affects research facilities everywhere. The researchers at Ohio State University have created an internal infrastructure for medical data called Translational Research Informatics and Data management grid (TRIAD).
The primary focus of TRIAD is to make medical information and clinical trials readily available to researchers to help expedite the research process. The whole research process used to take researchers large amounts of time to accumulate specific information needed to prove their point after a clinical trial. However, with the use of cloud computing, the amount of time it takes to reach pertinent information has been cut down from roughly one hundred hours to minutes. According to the chair of the department of biomedical informatics at the Ohio State University, “With the TRIAD platform researchers can now execute this type of search and analysis in minutes.” There is no doubt that the power and potential that resides in this medical cloud computing software can take medical research to another level.
Initially, the National Institutes of Health awarded $300,000 to Ohio State University researchers to help develop this highly desired program. One of the many benefits associated with TRIAD is its ability to help integrate researchers from all over the world. With this being said, this program acts as a liaison between researchers of different geographic locations and different cultures. This is important because no one culture speaks the same “language”. In many ways TRIAD is a linguistic tool that can translate information and clinical data from one language to another so it can be accessed by a larger pool of healthcare professionals and medical researchers. When this type of information is freely available during the research process it dramatically increases the evolution of highly desired medical information that can be applied to patients all over the world.