Towards a virtual anonymisation grid for unified access to remote clinical data

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2008:138:90-101.


Grid technologies provide an infrastructure through which, amongst other things, data access and integration is facilitated across highly distributed and heterogeneous resources. Different domains have their own requirements on the nature of this data access and integration. The clinical domain offers arguably the greatest challenges facing the roll-out and adoption of Grid technologies to meet the changing face of post-genomic clinical research, especially with regard to information governance, ethics and hence security solutions. This paper outlines a novel system design for secure anonymous data access and linkage that meets the needs of key stakeholders in this space including end user researchers, data providers and owners and ethical oversight bodies amongst others. We identify how existing solutions developed within the Medical Research Council funded Virtual Organisations for Trials and Epidemiological Studies (VOTES) project are being re-factored to meet the needs of these players and to address information governance criteria.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information
  • Computer Security
  • Computer Systems*
  • Databases as Topic
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics Applications*
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized / organization & administration*
  • Systems Integration
  • United States
  • User-Computer Interface*