Customer: Osher Center of Integrative Medicine
Services: Enterprise Application
The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, a collaboration between Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was determined to be a “Center without Walls.” Facilitating introductions and collaborations among its many research and clinical practitioners is critical to its mission of enhancing human health, resilience, and quality of life.
Integrative medicine (IM) professionals span many disciplines across the hospital, medical school, and other affiliated institutions. They often collaborate and jointly publish their research.
Yet finding a way - other than personal networks and serendipity - to connect people who could benefit from each other’s knowledge, experience, research, and data was challenging for the center. There was no easy way for researchers to know who in the network may be pursuing similar ideas. Or who has already collaborated with whom across the network. Or to find clinicians who specialize in different aspects of integrative medicine.
The Osher Center brought in Exaptive’s services team to help solve this collaboration challenge.
Exaptive rapidly prototyped and built an enterprise application of interactive network maps that were deployed in weeks, not months. These maps “represent connections between individuals and across institutions in both research and clinical practice related to integrative medicine,” the Center states.
The Research Map uses source data from Harvard’s Catalyst Profiles, an internal database on organizational data, and the publicly accessible PubMed ®. It connects people through their publications and to institutions through known affiliations as identified in the Harvard profiles. It helps users to identify those researchers who focus on aspects of IM of shared interest. Users can find their collaborators, the research papers they have published, and affiliated institutions.
The Clinical Map connects a network of academically-affiliated IM clinical service providers in the Boston area. Both clinical centers and clinicians are represented, searchable via institution and by the services they provide — from acupuncture to yoga.
Published on the Osher Center’s website, the interactive IM network maps advance the Center’s mission by helping its researchers and clinicians more easily and quickly search for and find new thought leaders and collaborators. In addition, patients can find clinicians and clinical centers that specialize in their treatment options, and explore areas of research relevant to conditions of interest.