Improving collaboration between primary care research networks using Access Grid technology

Zsolt Nagykaldi, Chester Fox, Steve Gallo, Joseph Stone, Patricia Fontaine, Kevin Peterson, Theodoros Arvanitis

Abstract


Access Grid (AG) is an Internet2-driven, high performance audio_visual conferencing technology used worldwide by academic and government organisations to enhance communication, human interaction and group collaboration. AG technology is particularly promising for improving academic multi-centre research collaborations. This manuscript describes how the AG technology was utilised by the electronic Primary Care Research Network (ePCRN) that is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap initiative to improve primary care research and collaboration among practice- based research networks (PBRNs) in the USA. It discusses the design, installation and use of AG implementations, potential future applications, barriers to adoption, and suggested solutions.

Keywords


access grid; practice-based research networks; primary care

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14236/jhi.v16i1.674

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