PhysioNet was established in 1999 to provide open access via the web to large, growing, and unique collections of recorded physiologic signals and related open source software. It is the only resource of its kind, and every month it serves about 40,000 researchers, clinicians, developers, educators, and students worldwide. An active community of users and contributors of data and software relies upon PhysioNet as a source and repository for meticulously characterized signals and rigorously tested software to support many uses, including development and evaluation of medical devices, clinical research, drug studies, and basic science. PhysioNet is funded primarily through a cooperative agreement with the National Institutes of Health's NIBIB and NIGMS.
The PhysioNet Consortium is an alliance of industry partners established to underwrite supplementary funding for PhysioNet. By joining the Consortium, members receive these benefits:
- Continued availability and growth of PhysioNet. Members are among the most active users within the PhysioNet commnunity, and thus derive significant benefit from the existence and development of PhysioNet.
- Recognition of their support on the PhysioNet web site.
The support provided by members of the consortium helps to sustain the already considerable value of PhysioBank and PhysioToolkit to the members and to the research community at large. The Consortium's contributions help us to:
- Seek and develop new collections of physiologic signals and related software, and make them freely available via PhysioNet;
- Organize new open research challenges annually, with emphasis on topics that result in contributions of useful algorithms (e.g., detectors, classifiers, measurement techniques, and models) that can stimulate or enable further investigations; and
- Provide uninterrupted access to PhysioNet's unique and valuable collections of physiologic signals and software.
If your company would like to join the PhysioNet Consortium, please write to us for details.