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Press Release:
Pathologist and Computer Scientist to Consider Digital Medical Records

December 2005

As an eminent pathologist and the chief executive of the largest biomedical library in the world, Donald Lindberg has alot of useful medical information on his hands. An international leader in the development of Internet standards and scholarly communications technologies, Clifford Lynch envisions using the power of the Internet to facilitate patient care and enable new biomedical discoveries. This spring, Lindberg and Lynch will anticipate the opportunities and challenges of balancing access, preservation and privacy for electronic medical treatment records and research data when they offer the keynote addresses at ECURE 2006.

In his role as Director of the National Library of Medicine, Donald Lindberg has witnessed and facilitated development of computer applications for medical diagnosis and physician training. From 1992-1995 he served in a concurrent position as founding Director of the National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. In 1996 he was named by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services to be the American Coordinator for the G-7 Global Health Applications Project. Lindberg was elected the first president of the American Medical Informatics Association and has received awards from a number of professional associations concerned with to medical information and technology.

Clifford Lynch is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. Lynch is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Lynch currently serves on the Internet 2 Applications Council and the National Research Council Committee on Intellectual Property in the Emerging Information Infrastructure.

ECURE 2006: Preservation and Access for Digital College and University Resources, will be held February 27-March 1st, 2006 at the beautiful Tempe campus of Arizona State University, located in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Program and conference registration information will be posted throughout the winter at www.asu.edu/ecure.


Jeremy Rowe, ECURE co-chair, jeremy.rowe@asu.edu
Rob Spindler, ECURE co-chair, rob.spindler@asu.edu