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  1. Review spreadsheet with information on use case 1 for different institutions

Harvard Catalyst Medical Informatics group Meeting Minutes November 3, 2009

In attendance:

  • Valerie Humblet
  • Yong Gao
  • Mike Mendis
  • Alexander Zaitsev
  • Ron Kikinis
  • Wendy Plesniak
  • Jesse Wei
  • Randy Gollub
  • Shawn Murphy
  • Mark Anderson
  • Diane Keogh


  • Randy contacted Keith Dryer, Corporate Director of Medical Imaging at MGH, to get him on board for this project. Randy and Valerie will set up a meeting with Keith and Tom Schultz (CTO, chief engineer radiology MGH) to review the project and work with them on the policy issues they might have.
  • At BIDMC, as long as we are not building a new tool and as long as the IRB process stays the same, there should not be any huge policy requirements. At some point a meeting with the IT group will be necessary to make sure that we are compliant with their request for security.
  • Data ownership issue:
    • Sponsored research or NIH grant: some might have claim on ownership. There are clear rules about what is accessible or not. Those studies could be red flag. Someone wanted to use them would then be required to contact the PI and get his agreement. This is a case that mostly involve research data.
    • Once the data are in a repository (such as RPDR), the Departments can not control the data anymore.
    • The data belongs to the patients, not the physicians. The hospital is required to store them and patients signed a waiver saying that their medical data could be used for research because the are treated in a teaching hospital.
  • Once again everybody agreed that the group must be educated about the policies and the expectations at each institutions.

Next week

    • The weekly meeting can not be devoted anymore to any policy issues, those questions will be brought during individual meetings at each institutions. The focus must be on the technical aspect only.
    • Agenda: C-find against PACS, planning for a technical test.