Fueling clinical and translational research in Appalachia: Informatics platform approach

In this 2020 paper published in JMIR Medical Informatics, Cecchetti et al. of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University present their health informatics platform, the Appalachian Informatics Platform (AIP). Designed to support “research efforts by enabling curation and analysis of data using the different components,” the platform is described in detail following the presentation of necessary background information on the unique informatics and healthcare challenges of the Appalachia region. After describing their methodology and results, the authors discuss the perceived utility of AIP and conclude that AIP is indeed useful in “enabling seamless and secure data access, model development through an analytics engine to explore novel and unexpected hypotheses, and simple yet effective communication of all findings via interactive visualization.”

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