Updates on the AMBIS Biomedical Symposium 2012

I practically spent the entire day at the AMBIS Biomedical Symposium, held at the National University Singapore (NUS) and what a day of fun!

I honestly think that the event went pretty well and the semi-formal setting helped facilitated interactive discussions plus catching up with friends (well, it is a very small network in Singapore).

The topics delivered were pretty good (well, I did deliver a lecture …. lol)¬†but jokes aside, one particular situation I had feared came true – ¬†someone in the audience asked if I only lecture / present on medical imaging informatics.

Being one of my favourite topics (well, I did started my career in ehealth back in 2002 via medical imaging informatics), I do get a lot of request to speak on medical imaging but fact is, I do work and speak on a wide spectrum across eHealth &  technology, throughout the care continuum).

I did a quick check the moment I got back home and it seems that in 2011,¬†I delivered 10 lectures of which, 6 were on medical imaging informatics and this year, I delivered 5 lectures (it’s only May so its technically 1 lecture per month) , of which 2 are on medical imaging informatics.

The good news is, the next lecture / presentation I’m delivering (at Connected Health Asia 2012), would be EMR related so ‘phew’!

Now for those who are interested in the slides – Advances in Medical Imaging Informatics – Dealing with Big Data, simply download them here.

Australian State Cancels E-Health Reform Initiative

I got this piece of news from FutureGov and I must say…. ‘Ouch’!

The e-health modernisation programme, HealthSMART, run by the government of Victoria, Australia, has had its funding discontinued.

Initiated in 2003 by the former Labor government, HealthSMART was Victoria’s whole-of-health information and communication technology (ICT) strategy to modernise and replaceICT systems throughout the Victorian public healthcare sector. The A$360 million (US$351 million) project aimed to provide healthcare agencies with the tools required to meet the growing healthcare demands expected in the future. However the programme suffered delays, operating issues and unexpected rises in costs.

HealthSMART suffered heavy criticism from a report by the Victorian Ombudsman, George Brouwer, published in November 2011. The report assessed that, ‚ÄúThe project costing and timelines were ambitious and the Department of Health (DOH) seriously underestimated the size of the task. The project inevitably ran over budget by about 35 per cent and has taken more than seven years to deliver only a partial implementation of the core clinical¬†application.‚ÄĚ

Health Minister David Davis stated that the government would now work on a hospital-by-hospital basis to set up individualised systems. ‚ÄúIn those hospitals where it has been put in place or partially put in place, health services will make their decisions from that position, but going forward beyond that health services will be able to examine what is appropriate for their particular service,‚ÄĚ he¬†explained.

New e-health projects will be funded by a new A$100 million (US$97.5 million) Victorian Innovation, E-Health and Communications Technology Fund, which has been established to support Victorian public health services.

The end of HealthSMART is not expected to affect the rollout of Australia’s forthcoming Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record, scheduled to go live later this year.

Next Speaking Slot: AMBIS Biomedical Symposium 2012

I just received a reminder on my next speaking slot – the AMBIS Biomedical Symposium 2012 that is taking place this Friday (25th May 2012) at¬†National University Singapore, Lecture theatre 28 (I’ve no idea how to get there but I’ll figure out).

The topic I’d be talking about would be “Advancements in Medical Imaging Informatics – Dealing with Big Data

The topic is (in my opinion) an interesting one as it touches on the (existing) biggest challenge – Big data and one of the largest consumer of storage (& potentially the cloud) – Medical Imaging.

Want to find out more? Well, register for the symposium here.
(There are some other interesting speakers as well).


New Article: Health IT Standards: What Went Wrong Where?

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m back in Singapore from Vancouver, Canada.

I’ll blog on the happenings pertaining to this trip ( ISO TC215, HL7 Workgroup & more) ¬†in the following weeks but in the meantime, I’d like to share a recently published article, of which I received numerous positive feedback from delegates attending the HL7 ¬†workgroup meeting.

Following up on my ramblings of the same title, I rehashed and updated the content into an article for the¬†May 2012 edition of the HL7 International News.¬†The article¬†is available for download¬†here¬†(it’s on¬†page 25).

Hope you’ll enjoy it.

Updates to HL7 Singapore Townhall 2012 & SOA Training

Dear all,

Quick update on the
1) HL7 Singapore Townhall 2012 (It is open to public, free of charge)

2) SOA Training Session (continuation from the Townhall meeting)

Date: 30 May (Wed) 2012
Venue: Singapore Management University, Seminar Room 5.1 @ School of Economics & Social Sciences (Level 5)


8:30am – 12:30pm – Townhall Meeting (open to public, free of charge)
1:00pm – 5:00pm – SOA Training (continuation from Townhall Meeting, for HL7 SG Members only)

Detailed agenda as well as registration can be found on the links above.

About the Trainer:
Mr. Ken Rubin, Chief Healthcare Architect for the US Federal Healthcare Portfolio for HP Enterprise Services.

Primarily focused on enterprise architecture, electronic health record interoperability, and health informatics, Mr. Rubin has over twenty years of industry experience and ten years of health informatics experience. He spent seven years leading application architecture EA activities for the Veterans Health Administration, in addition to work he has done for healthcare clients in the UK and Australia.

Mr. Rubin is very active in the standards community, holding positions as co-chair of the HL7 Service-Oriented Architecture Workgroup, co-chair of the OMG Healthcare Domain Task Force and the Healthcare Service Specification Project (HSSP), and serves as the Enterprise Architect for Open Health Tools, an open-source software community.

AMBIS Biomedical Symposium 2012

The Association for Medical and Bio-Informatics, Singapore (AMBIS) welcomes all biomedical professionals to its annual symposium. This event features prominent speakers from various healthcare and research institutions in Singapore, with opportunities for learning and networking.

Date/Time: 25th May 2012. 10am till 6pm
Venue: National University Singapore, Lecture theatre 28.
Fees: S$60 (includes meals and free annual AMBIS membership)

Two tracks:
1) Medical Informatics Track

2) BioInformatics Track

Speakers Profiles can be accessed at http://ambisnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/invited-speakers-for-ambis-symposium.html

So do mark your calender for the annual AMBIS Biomedical Symposium 2012.
Registration Link: http://ambisnews.blogspot.ca/2012/04/sign-up-for-ambis-2012-biomedical.html

Ramblings: I’m heading off to Vancouver

That’s right, I’m heading off to Vancouver, Canada for the next 2 weeks (well, actually it would be more than 2 weeks but lets just leave it as that).

So what am I doing there? (it is a long way from where I currently call ‘home’)

It is to attend technical work-groups Р two of them.

The first is the ISO TC215 workgroup, the Health Informatics Technical Committee that is responsible for the “standardization in the field of information for health, and Health Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to promote interoperability between independent systems, to enable compatibility and consistency for health information and data, as well as to reduce duplication of effort and redundancies.”

I’m attending the work-group as part of the official Singapore Delegation so its kind of cool (and making a difference mate!)

The second work-group I’m attending is the HL7 May 2012 Workgroup which I’m attending as HL7 SG’s Vice-Chair (the Chair will be attending too).

It would be my first HL7 Workgroup meeting so I’m not sure what to expect (although I’m sure it will be a fruitful trip).

So I’m going to be away for while and hopefully I’ll find the time to blog alittle (although the agendas for both events looks kind of packed).

Till my next update~

HL7 v2.x Comprehensive Training with v2.7 Certification Exam in Singapore, July 2012

Dear Health IT Professionals,

HL7 Singapore is pleased to announce an upcoming HL7 v2.x Comprehensive Training with v2.7 Certification Exam in July 2012.

Date:                3rd week of July 2012 (exact date to be confirmed at a later date)
Venue:              Actual venue to be announced at a later date
Trainer:             A/Prof Klaus Veil, HL7 Australia
Proctor:             A/Prof Adam Chee, HL7 Singapore
Duration:          Three full days
Cost:                S$2500


  • Participants need not process hands-on experience with HL7 v2.x
  • Participants need not be a member of HL7 Singapore to enroll in the prep course and exam
  • This capacity building initiative is opened to everyone, even out of Singapore


  • HL7 v2.x Comprehensive Training
  • HL7 v2.7 Certification Exam

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 1 Jun 2012.

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

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.

Dr. Adam Chee
Vice-Chair, HL7 Singapore

About The Trainer
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.