HL7 v2.6 Certification Prep and Exam in Nov 2011 (in Singapore)

Dear Health IT Professionals,

HL7 Singapore is please to announce the inaugural HL7 v2.6 Certification Prep Course and Exam in Singapore.

Date: 21 or 22 Nov 2011 (exact date to be confirmed at a later date)
Venue: Raffles Place (exact venue to be confirmed at a later date)
Trainer : A/Prof Klaus Veil, HL7 Australia
Proctor: A/Prof Adam Chee, HL7 Singapore
Duration: One Full Day
Cost: $1500

Target Audience: Participants should process hands-on experience with HL7 v2.x as the certification review component is not a bootcamp (not meant for new entrants to HL7 V2.x).

Note: You need not be a member of HL7 Singapore to enroll in the prep course and exam.

– HL7 v2.6 Certification Review Course
– HL7 v2.6 Certification Exam
* Refreshments Provided

As part of cost recovery, HL7 Singapore needs to gather enough participants before proceeding with the event.
If you are interested, please kindly revert with the following details to adamchee@binaryhealthcare.com by 11 Nov 2011.

– Name
– Email
– Contact
– Organisation
* Please indicate number of participants if you are organizing on behalf of your organisation.

Please kindly pass this email around to your friends and colleagues who would be interested in being achieving industry-recognized levels of proficiency and expertise as a “HL7 Certified” professional.

Adam Chee
Vice-Chair, HL7 Singapore

About The Trainer
A/Prof Klaus Veil has been involved in Healthcare IT for over 25 years. For 7 years he was the CIO of a major Australian health care corporation – as a result, the integration of diverse health information systems has been his ongoing focus.

He is President of the Australasian College of Health Informatics and manages a specialised Health IT systems interoperability consultancy in Sydney.
Klaus is active in the development of health information technology standards – both in Australia and internationally.
He is chairman of the peak Australian HL7 Standards Committees and past Chair of HL7 Australia. For 8 years, Klaus served as the only non-US member on the Board of HL7 International.

Klaus is an accomplished teacher in Health Informatics standards; he an Adj. Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney and has taught at Sydney University and LaTrobe University, Melbourne, as well as in the USA, the UK, Germany, Bulgaria. Malaysia and China.

GPS shoes for Alzheimer’s patients to hit US

This is another example of what I meant by utilizing commonly available matured technology (hence affordable) in healthcare.

The first shoes with built-in GPS devices — to help track down dementia-suffering seniors who wander off and get lost — are set to hit the US market this month, the manufacturer says.

GTX Corp said the first batch of 3,000 pairs of shoes has been shipped to the footwear firm Aetrex Worldwide, two years after plans were announced to develop the product.

The shoes will sell at around $300 a pair and buyers will be able to set up a monitoring service to locate “wandering” seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Andrew Carle, a professor at George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services who was an adviser on the project, said the shoes are likely to save lives and avoid embarrassing and costly incidents with the elderly.
“It’s especially important for people in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s who are at the highest risk,” Carle told AFP.
“They might be living in their home but they’re confused. They go for a walk and they can get lost for days.”

Carle said studies indicate more than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, a number expected to quadruple in the coming years. He said 60 percent of sufferers will wander and become lost and up to half of those lost who are not found within 24 hours may die, from dehydration, exposure or injury.
Other devices such as bracelets or pendants can provide similar protection but seniors often reject these.

“The primary reason is that paranoia is a manifestation of the disease,” Carle said. “If you put something on someone with Alzeheimer’s that they don’t recognize, they remove it. If it’s a wristwatch and it’s not their wristwatch, they will take it off. So you have to hide it.”

The GPS system, which is implanted in the heel of what appears to be a normal walking shoe, allows family members or carers to monitor the wearer and to set up a “geofence” that would trigger an alert if the person strays beyond a certain area.
The shoes are being developed by GTX Corp., which makes miniaturized Global Positioning Satellite tracking and location-transmitting technology, and Aetrex. They received certification from the Federal Communications Commission this year for the system.

The makers say the market for such shoes is growing, given the soaring costs of Alzheimer’s.
“This is a significant milestone for both companies and while the $604 billion worldwide cost of dementia has become and will continue to be a significant fiscal challenge, the under $300 GPS enabled shoes will ease the enormous physical and emotional burden borne by Alzheimer’s victims, caregivers and their geographically distant family members,” said Patrick Bertagna, chief executive of GTX Corp.

Professor Carle said the original idea was to develop the shoes for children and long-distance runners but the makers changed the plan when he offered his advice, noting that the devices can also help ease a lot of anxiety about seniors who want to remain active.
“They feel a need to walk and it is good for them,” he said. “They should take a walk. It’s good for them.”

Ramblings: 2011 Healthcare IT Standards Conference and HL7 Training by Grahame Grieve

Two events took place last week for the Healthcare IT Standards space in Singapore;

  • The Healthcare IT Standards Conference organised by MOH Holdings, Singapore
  • HL7 Training by Grahame Grieve organised by HL7 Singapore

The Healthcare IT Standards Conference organised by MOH Holdings, Singapore was excellent and I totally enjoyed the knowledge exchange from the local and international speakers (one particular speaker presented something really similar to what I presented back at Seminar and Workshop on Health Information System by MOH Malaysia so that really excited me because everyone loved the concepts!) and intellectual conversation that took place.

It was simply amazing and this is compounded by the fact that the organizers did not charge attendees for this amazing event, truly making knowledge available to those who seek for it. Well done MOH Holdings, Singapore.

Thanks to the Healthcare IT Standards Conference,¬†Grahame Grieve (those who are involved in HL7 will know who Grahame is) was in Singapore as a speaker and MOH Holdings kindly ‘loaned’ him to HL7 Singapore for a day to conduct (free) training for members of HL7 Singapore.

The training content covers CDA, RIM and RFH, I am not going to elaborate on the details but one thing I can say for sure, he made it easy for the audience to understand (I took the HL7 ELC course and did the modules on CDA and RIM, it is not easy materials).

As Vice-Chair of HL7 Singapore, I need to thank MOH Holdings for loaning Grahame to us and Deloitte for sponsoring the event (HL7 Singapore only paid for the venue).

It was really a great week for myself in terms of professional development as I gained new perspective (especially towards medication error management) and had a chance to attend a course by Grahame for free!

There is one downside for the week – my laptop adapter broke down and I had to order one overseas as there are no stock in Singapore (I am using a friend’s spare laptop right now) but still, the week has been pretty good.


Ramblings: The “VNA Book”

It finally happened!

I released my second book – ‚ÄúVendor Neutral Architecture & How It Will Change the World (of Healthcare IT)‚ÄĚ (ISBN : 978-981-08-8883-1)¬†for sale.

Due to some unforeseeable issues, I had to delay release of my book since September 2011  Р I cannot release the book in an electronic form, instead, it will be in printed format.

This means (among several other things) I don’t really earn $ from the book as the publisher (and many other stakeholders) takes a cut but since this is a community project (and the revenue will go into good cause), it doesn’t really matter.

I’m actually still waiting for the proof-copy to come but after reading all the discussions pertaining to VNA taking place at RCR Imaging Informatics Group,¬†I’ve decided to release the book for ¬†purchase) because it would appears that the book holds the answers to many of the questions posted!

To quote Dr. Neelam (she is my book’s reviewer);

“Excellent Book. It covers a large number of topics we have debated on our forum. It is hugely educational & brings out a lot of practical issues surrounding PACS implementation (including image enablement in the Electronic Health Record) in simple language.

I think it is well written & unbiased. I would recommend this to anyone who is involved in Healthcare IT ‚Äď technical or clinical.

It is a visionary book promoting vendor neutrality & interoperability‚ÄĚ

I hope this book will not only help  explain what VNA really is but also serves as the underlying guidelines to designing a VNA specification.

‚ÄúVendor Neutral Architecture & How It Will Change the World (of Healthcare IT)‚Ä̬†can be located¬†here

Dr. Adam CHEE

Merge aligns with Dell on cloud-based services

Merge Healthcare, a developer of enterprise imaging and interoperability technologies, has selected Dell as its provider of cloud computing services, storage and enterprise hardware products for information access, management and archiving among its portfolio of image interoperability technologies.

Utilizing its cloud-based health IT, Dell will host Merge Healthcare’s Project Honeycomb, a medical image sharing network. Project Honeycomb allows providers to upload, download, view and share diagnostic quality medical images.

Merge certified its iConnect Vendor Neutral Archive on Dell’s DX Object Storage platform for providers who want on-premise secure image management access, storage, protection and distribution to fixed digital image content.

Source: http://www.healthimaging.com/index.php?option=com_articles&article=29858

Ramblings: Asia Medical 2011 and Seminar and Workshop on Health Information System by MOH Malaysia

Last week was a busy (but fulfilling) week for me, I spent the entire week in Kuala Lumpur with the first 2 days for work.

I’m not going to go into details pertaining to work as they are confidential (plus it might bored you) but I did conduct a consulting workshop – which turned out great.

The next 3 days were spend on two conferences that were organised concurrently;

  1. Asia Medical 2011 by Frost & Sullivan
  2. Seminar and Workshop on Health Information System by Ministry of Health Malaysia

For Asia Medical, I delivered a lecture titled “Providing Borderless Interoperability for Image Management“, which focused on the areas of DICOM and how to overcome the common problems faced in interoperability¬†due to non compliance of the DICOM standard.

I did gather some interest during that lecture but I had cut short the post lecture interaction due to my commitments for the event for the conference organised by MOH Malaysia (which was the main agenda for me).

For the seminar and workshop on Health Information System, the key topics were

  • National Health Data Warehouse
  • Interoperability

I met with¬†several interesting and outstanding individuals (both internationally and locally) during the conference but I’m leave the details out.

I delivered a lecture titled “Vendor Neutral Architecture ‚Äď Practical Applications for Healthcare Services Providers” which exams ¬†system architecture¬†how to design one that works for healthcare, regardless of healthcare segment and clinical discipline.

I was informed that my lecture gather huge interest and I had a quite few people from the audience asking me more about it during tea breaks and lunch, it always feels good knowing my lectures made a difference.

I had one gentlemen telling me that I am not the typical academian as I made “practical¬†sense”, I was more¬†surprised¬†because I didn’t know the professorship would cause such an impression, I am¬†definitely a practitioner first, academian second.

I was also honored to be given the opportunity to serve as;

  • Workshop Facilitator (Methodology in Evaluating Health Information System)
  • Forum Panelist (Methodology in Evaluating Health Information System)

Both events are co-related, I’m not going to go into details (if you want to know more, join the event as a participant next year, it will be worth your while) but I¬†definitely¬†feel honor to play a part in helping shape the Malaysia Health Informatics scene (they are relatively ¬†advanced in their thought concepts).

In all, I am very glad I made the trip and I honestly look forward to the next annual Seminar and Workshop on Health Information System by Ministry of Health Malaysia.

In the meantime, my next conference presentation will be at the 3rd Annual Electronic Health Records 2011, Singapore (from 30 Nov Р2 Dec 2011).

P.S. The¬†organizers gave me a¬†¬†priority code that translates to a 15% discount off normal¬†registration¬†rate for my ‚Äėcolleagues, associates and clients‚Äô,¬†if you have the intention to attend, ¬†drop me an email and I‚Äôll pass the code to you¬†:)

Ramblings: 15% off 3rd Annual Electronic Health Records 2011, Singapore

Dear folks,

I’d be delivering a lecture and co-conduct a workshop for¬†forthcoming ¬†3rd Annual Electronic Health Records 2011, Singapore¬†to be held between the 29 Nov to 2 Dec 2011 at the Sheraton Towers Hotel, Singapore.

The¬†organizers gave me a¬†¬†priority code that translates to a 15% discount off normal¬†registration¬†rate for my ‘colleagues, associates and clients’.

I normally don’t go around¬†soliciting people to attend conferences where I am speaking but if you have the intention to attend the 3rd Annual¬†Electronic Health Records 2011 conference, then drop me an email, I’ll pass the code to you ūüôā