MEDICUS image sharing system honored at Internet2 meeting

April 25, 2007

Created by ISI researchers and collaborators, MEDICUS, which uses grid technology to allow researchers and physicians to share medical images easily and securely, was one of two projects receiving 2007 Internet2 IDEA Awards.

The honor, formally known as Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) award was announced at the Spring Member Meeting of the research consortium.

The winning submissions were judged by a distinguished on the depth of their positive impact on their primary users, their technical merit, and the likelihood they application would be more broadly adopted.

MEDICUS holds the promise of enabling more advanced healthcare by creating the technological platform for securely exchanging bandwidth-intensive medical resources and images, the panel found.

"Within the research and education community, there are many outstanding accomplishments. The Internet2 IDEA awards give us an opportunity to recognize those members of our community who have stepped up as leaders in their field and changed the way we work and learn," said David Lassner, Chair of the Internet2 Applications Strategy Council.

"In doing so, these applications and their lead collaborators serve as role models by creating new opportunities through technology that just a few years ago could not have even been imagined." Additional information about the IDEA Awards can be found at

Carl Kesselman, Ann Chervenak and Robert Schuler of ISI collabored with Stephan Erberich, Director of Functional Imaging and Biomedical Informatics at USC Childrens Hospital. The Globus MEDICUS project was originally created and funded by the National Institute of Health (award UO1- BA97452) and the Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation.