GEMSS has created an innovative Grid middleware that can be used to provide medical practitioners and researchers with access to advanced simulation and image processing services for improved pre-operative planning and near real-time surgical support. GEMSS builds on top of existing Grid and Web technologies, maintaining compliance with standards thereby ensuring future extensibility and interoperability. The project has created a test-bed to evaluate & validate the GEMSS environment, including its integration into the end-users working environments. The test bed provided support for sophisticated authorisation, workflow, security, error detection and recovery. Furthermore, GEMSS anticipated privacy, security and other legal concerns by examining and incorporating into its Grid services the latest laws and EU regulations related to providing medical services over the Internet. In summary, GEMSS
Installed an extendible, interoperable and collaborative test bed for GRID-enabled medical application services.
Demonstrated the medical significance of the GEMSS models.
Demonstrated the functionality of the GRID-infrastructure.
Opened a business model for commercial exploitation.
The GEMSS test-bed included medical service applications, with varying performance and Quality of Service requirements targeting different medical sectors:
Maxillo-facial surgery simulation: a virtual pre-operative planning space.
Neuro-surgery support: prediction of the brain-shift during neuro-surgery.
Radio-surgery simulation: improved treatment planning for cancer destruction.
Inhaled drug delivery simulation: virtual drug delivery to the lung.
Cardio-vascular system simulation: simulation of the entire cardio-vascular system for improved treatment plans and surgical procedures.
Advanced Medical Image Reconstruction: Fully 3D reconstruction of SPECT images for improved quality.
The GEMSS test-bed included medical service applications, with varying performance and Quality of Service requirements, and a Grid services infrastructure. Medical science professionals have evaluated the different stages of the system:
Initial System Design
Prototype Grid test bed
Final GEMSS test bed
GEMSS has developed an interoperable, innovative Grid middleware for medical services applications building on common Grid standards. The focus was on innovative extensions that support medical applications including security models compliant with European legal issues, fail-over and recovery from errors as well as workflow and service orchestration techniques for time-critical processes.
The GEMSS middleware is available under the LGPL.