DOI: 10.14704/nq.2011.9.1.336

A Medical Informatics View of Quantum Computation

Donald Frederick Parsons


Many medical centers lack access to the parallel-computing capability that is now needed for large-scale, genetic diagnostic information. Such enhanced computer resources are also needed for recent diagnostic physiological model simulations, and for enhancements in medical imaging. Increases in classical parallel processing capability are incremental and expensive. Quantum computing is the only new computing method that promises a very-large increase in parallel-processing capability. The reason is that the classical-computing unit of information, the 0-bit, or the 1-bit, is replaced by the quantum qubit unit which can be superposed as multiple strings of 0’s and 1’s. Medical-center research units may also need enhanced parallel computing ability for genome research, protein structure prediction, and the use of new simulations of physiological models. It is suggested that health-research funding and collaboration needs to be directed towards the final development of large-scale quantum computing.


Medical computing, medical informatics, high-performance computing, quantum computation

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