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June 4, 2013

BioGrid Australia Recognised as a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

BioGrid Australia, a leader in providing IT solutions to e-health, today announced it has been named a 2013 Laureate of IDG's Computerworld Honors Program in the Health category. 

The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

BioGrid Australia is being recognized for its innovative work in enabling researchers help to save lives.

The organisation links 26 health services and research organisations across Australia using a web based platform. Data is physically located across jurisdictions and dynamically queried and analysed using SAS statistical analysis software.

BioGrid was initially set up in 2003 by clinical researchers who were trying to find more effective solutions to clinical problems. Their aim was to use a federated platform to connect individual data and enable researchers to use it effectively.

Today the not for profit company is playing a significant role in facilitating research into cancer treatments by linking patient data in a privacy protected and ethically approved manner, across multiple treatment sites.

For example, recent research using BioGrid showed the significant impact of the national bowel cancer screening program as researchers were able to analyse data from more than 1200 bowel cancer patients from 19 sites around Australia.

BioGrid Australia assists researchers working across a number of health areas including cancer, diabetes and neurological disorders.

"Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements," said John Amato, Vice President & Publisher, Computerworld. 

"Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations' ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper."

Maureen Turner, CEO of BioGrid Australia, said: "We are thrilled to be named a 2013 Laureate for our role in creating a vital resource that allows patient information from multiple collaborating institutions to be combined facilitating more effective and powerful research. 

She said that while remarkable resources existed for clinical research in the health system – outstanding intellectual capacity and translational research impacting many thousands of patients, the opportunity and challenge to capture this information into a scientific framework is now possible through BioGrid’s high quality platform. 

"The Computerworld Honors Program is singular in recognizing organizations that use information technology to change the world for the better," said Ms Turner.

To select this year's Laureates, Computerworld relied on a panel of 22 distinguished judges - many of them Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader Honorees from diverse industries - to evaluate the humanitarian benefits and measurable results of applying technology to meet a specific social or business need. 

BioGrid Australia was selected from more than 700 nominations to become one of 269 Laureates from 29 countries.  For more information, click on the link below. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9238953/Computerworld_Honors_2013_Tech_projects_that_are_changing_the_world

The Computerworld Honors Program awards were presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. 

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