Technology Improvement Award 113: Bioinformatics and Health Informatics Portal for Medical Sciences Campus at University of Puerto Rico
This project proposes the creation of a bioinformatics and health informatics portal to primarily serve students, professors, researchers, clinicians and general public at the Medical Science Campus, University of Puerto Rico (MSC-UPR) and eventually to all medical community in the island. Currently, there is not up-to-date source of information on these subjects in Puerto Rico. Then, there is a need of a portal with access to bioinformatics and health informatics information and tools oriented to medical sciences institutions, as well as the medical and general community. This site will be also available in English and Spanish. Our project team is integrated by members with different expertise, from the Bioinformatics and Health Informatics Group (BHIG) and the library Conrado F. Asenjo at MSC-UPR. BHIG develops and improves informatics applications and biomedical informatics tools, focused on health disparities by the design and implementation of software applications to manipulate and analyze biomedical data. The library at MSC-UPR has an online public access catalog and other health related information that is available through the library website. These two groups decide to join efforts for the development of this portal. This project funds will be used to secure the infrastructure, i.e. hardware and software, for the design, implementation, publication and update of the portal. National Library of Medicine resources, such as PubMed, GenBank, MedlinePlus, ToxNet and so on, will be accessed from the portal. In addition, some of these and other bioinformatics tools from NCBI will be installed in the local server for faster and easier utilization. This portal will contribute to mission of the NNLM because provides health professionals and general individuals with equal access to bioinformatics and health informatics information and tools to advance the progress of medicine and improve health care.