Ramblings: MHIA Seminar on Open Source HIS & Medical Imaging

I had the honor of being invited to deliver a lecture for MHIA – Malaysia Health Informatics Association, the equivalent of AMBIS  – Association of Medical & BioInformaitics Singapore (I serve on the current Executive Committee of AMBIS)

The seminar started off with Dr. Denham Pole of Net Com Technologies, Kalutara, Sri Lanka where he shared his experience on implementing Open Source HIS in Sri Lanka.

The solution – MDSFoss system (also known in Sri Lanka as HHIMS Foss) is an open-source software system used to store and retrieve a simple patient medical record and it is based on the proprietary version that utilise Intersystems Caché and which had been installed in 27 government hospitals in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

Dr. Pole shared on the culture and healthcare system of Sri Lanka as well as the transformation process of going paperless. Personally, I found it extremely interesting because Sri Lanka is one region I am not familiar with.

I delivered the second lecture, titled “Applied Medical Imaging Informatics (Basic)”.

As I only had an hour, I gave a quick condense lecture on the basics of Medical Imaging Informatics, its Adoption Success Factors as well as selection guidelines for both the technological and Clinical aspects of PACS.

More importantly, I covered (very briefly) Workflow Engineering Techniques to help the audience re-examine their existing workflow.

In all, it was a good session and a rare opportunity to catchup with fellow colleagues  in Malaysia as well as make new ones.


Microsoft seeks imaging industry input

This is an article I caught off HealthImaging.com, in addition, Representatives from Microsoft has posted this into several industry usergroups and forums; Microsoft’s personal health record (PHR) product – HealthVault, is seeking comment from the diagnostic imaging IT development community on its initial draft design for medical image data types.

Aimed to provide answer around the utilization of DICOM c-FIND, XDS-i support as well as a selection of medical image study and series type DICOM tags. The firm is looking to be able to allow the transfer and storage of existing medical images to the HealthVault PHR.

According to Microsoft, “the image data stored using this data type will be large in both quantity and size and our current XML storage approach doesn’t optimize for binary content like images. To help mitigate this, HealthVault provides separate binary storage we call blob storage (blobs). Each instance of data in HealthVault can also include a blob of additional data and with the introduction of this data type, the HealthVault platform will support multiple named blobs per data instance.”

The draft design is open for inspection and comment at: http://blogs.msdn.com/healthvaultdatatypes/archive/2009/07/09/for-review-medical-image-study.aspx