In the biomedical research community, being able to manage and share data is critical in helping to advance a large network of disease knowledge.  By doing this, it is possible to not only enhance knowledge, but also to provide the insights needed to aid in any public health situation.

NIH’s Biomedical Research Information System (BRICS) program works to achieve this goal by serving a global network that helps biomedical researchers collect, categorize and securely transfer research datasets on a worldwide basis.

BRICS operates on a set of basic principles, including a push for open source, data reusability and scalability. These principles ultimately facilitate knowledge sharing in this highly specialized community.

In addition, BRICS was recently named the top winner of the 2015 GCN Awards for IT excellence.

Judged by a panel that includes Defense Department CIO Terry Halvorsen, NASA CIO Deborah Diaz, Army CIO G/6 Lt. Gen. Robert Ferrell, Federal Communications Commission CIO David Bray, and NASA Deputy CIO Renee Wynn, this recognition reinforces that the right IT systems can truly support any mission for any agency.

The program topped a number of other projects, such as a cloud-based system that enables Utah state financial managers to quickly turn around fiscal analytics and a Homeland Security Department program that taps the cloud to provide forensics data on the fly to investigators of child sexual abuse.

For being named the top winner of the 2015 GCN Awards for IT excellence, we are naming NIH’s BRICS program as this week’s “GovTransformer.” Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.