BioMedware is a research and development company whose mission is to develop novel techniques and tools for exploring relationships between human health and the environment. BioMedware has a number of active research projects funded through the National Institutes of Health, and by contracts with state governments and academic institutions.
Topics addressed include:
- Detection of disease clusters;
- Analysis of associations between health outcomes (such as cancer) and environmental exposures;
- Exposure reconstruction over the life course accounting for human mobility, disease latencies, and time-dynamic exposures;
- Geostatistical pattern recognition and modeling;
- Visualization and assessment of health disparities (e.g. differences in stage at diagnosis of breast and prostate cancers by ethnicity);
- Geographic boundary analysis (e.g. to find zones of rapid change in health outcomes, causal factors and contextual variables);
- Compartmental modeling of drinking patterns on college campuses, and the use of such models to evaluate policies and interventions to reduce heavy episodic drinking;
- Use of remotely sensed imagery, such as LandSat, in landuse classification to support human exposure assessment;
- Geospatial modeling of human health, social variables and environmental factors from individual- to population-level scales.
BioMedware has developed innovative software tools for space-time visualization, analysis and modeling (SpaceStat), disease cluster detection (ClusterSeer), and geographic boundary analysis (BoundarySeer) that are used in universities, government agencies and private industry around the globe.