February Fourier Talks 2009

Karen Peterson


Too Much Information: Strategies for Making the Most of Medical Technology


As new medical technologies are developed and existing technologies find wider clinical uses, demand increases for ways to obtain, manage, and utilize medical data. Increased speed and sensitivity are critical needs in imaging technologies, for example, but data acquisition and processing pose significant barriers. Telemedicine is becoming a critical part of our medical landscape, as it holds great promise for allowing clinicians to monitor remotely located patients via sensing devices. However, a real need exists for developing new means of acquiring and transmitting these data that meet stringent power requirements and robust communication needs. Illustrative examples of such approaches will be presented as well as related areas of interest to the NIH.