BIMS: Biomedical Information Management System

BIMS: Biomedical Information Management System is a modular multilayer object - oriented software architecture, designed with the mission to provide a flexible computational solution to capture remotely, and manage a large amount of heterogeneous biomedical data sets, both textual as well as visual information.

This project was initiated with the motivation to solve several limitations in biomedical data acquisition and management, of an specific research project. These limitations, based on the lack of control mechanisms to constraint information submitted, impacted on the data quality, and made more difficult the job of the people which toke part in the research project, like clinicians, researchers, o data curators.

The BIMS architecture has been designed using the two level modeling paradigm, with the aim to obtain a flexible and future-proof information system. For this reason, the BIMS architectural design can easily be adapted to manage information of a wide variety of biomedical studies, not being limited to a given clinical speciality. In addition, the BIMS architecture can manage both, textual information, like biomedical data (measurements, demographics, diagnostics, etc ...), as well as several kinds of medical images in DICOM format (magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, etc ...) using an external PACS server.

A functional, and stable, implementation of the BIMS architecture is presented to complete the whole project. The BIMS implementation consist of a web - based application, designed to be deployed in a distributed and multi-user environment, and built on top of open source software products and frameworks. It is a fantastic way to test, and use the BIMS architectural design in a real environment.

"BIMS: Biomedical Information Management System" Oscar Mora Pérez, Jesus Bisbal Riera