Ramblings: Philippine Heart Association 40th Annual Convention

Alright, its time to provide an update on the Philippine Heart Association held its 40th Annual Convention & Scientific Meeting. The convention took place on 27th – 29th May 2009 and the venue was the Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City, Manila Metro (which as you  can guess, is a beautiful hotel) . The event was well attended by over 2000 cardiologists (and some nurses).

The convention not only boosts a well-designed scientific program but also exudes distinctive Filipino culture, marked with colorfully costumes, refreshing entertainment and generous hospitality (the entertainment factor is definitely a score of ten!). 

As mentioned in my previous blog entry, I presented a lecture titled “Cardiology Informatics: An Enabler of Workflow Efficiency” at a corresponding lunch symposium and I really feel the interest from delegates on how effective implementation of imaging informatics can help improve their workflow and operational efficiency. This ‘ hunger of information’ was also felt throughout the entire convention. Although the initial reaction when they realise that its an ‘IT Solution’ was more of fear of the uncertainty but after sharing on the benefits and possibility of cardiology informatics, the intelligent questions starts flowing in.

Tons of opportunities emerged during this trip and I look forward to implementing some ideas in the Philippines (did I mention that its a beautiful country?)

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