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 CachĂŠ 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.


New Article: Excuse Me, Are You ‘Vendor Neutral’? Achieving True Interoperability

Dear all,

I would like to share a new whitepaper I uploaded last week – “Excuse Me, Are You ‘Vendor Neutral’? Achieving True Interoperability“.

This whitepaper exams and clarifies the misconception pertaining to ’Vendor Neutral’ and highlights “Standards-Based Vendor Neutrality”.
It is important to clarify what ’Vendor Neutral’ really entails because it dispel ‘fraudulent’ claims on VNA being the same as an enterprise archive or that VNA is merely storage consolidation.

I hope you enjoy the whitepaper “Excuse Me, Are You ‘Vendor Neutral’? Achieving True Interoperability“.

New Article: Vendor Neutral Archive & How it will change the World (of Medical Imaging Informatics)

I just finished a whitepaper on Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) and would like to share it with you wonderful people.

This article examines the need for VNA and serves as an introduction/teaser to an upcoming ebook of the same title – “Vendor Neutral Archive & How it will change the World (of Medical Imaging Informatics)“.

This ebook is not to be confused with ‘The Book‘ (I’m not revealing the title of ‘The Book’ until it is published – est. in late October 2010).

This whitepaper (not the ebook – not yet) is awarded an educational grant from ClearState and also published at AsiaHealthSpace.com

Enjoy the whitepaper here.