GÉANT and Sim-e-Child – improving diagnosis and providing customised paediatric cardiology treatment
Advances in paediatric cardiac surgery, interventional cardiology, intensive care and non-invasive imaging have led to a substantial increase in life expectancy for many patients with congenital heart disease. However the study and treatment of paediatric (child) cardiology has always been hampered by the scarcity of relevant cases. This leads to a lack of integrated data between doctors and limited opportunities for clinical
comparison. While relatively rare, child cardiology cases can be difficult to treat due to a scarcity of comparative data and the fact that a child’s heart and vascular systems are still developing.
The Sim-e-Child project has combined high bandwidth research networks such as GÉANT and its NREN partners and grid computing power to create an easily accessible international paediatric cardiology database and a simulation platform to model child heart systems. This is helping to deliver improved, personalised diagnosis, treatment and research.
Sim-e-Child provides cardiology professionals in Europe and the US with a complete e-infrastructure, including a decision support system that supports more informed diagnosis and a virtual laboratory for scientific simulations that extend existing models of child heart and vascular systems.
Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù
John Hopkins University
American College of Cardiology
Technische Universität München