Enterprise Ireland event – Semantic Web for e-Health

Found out about this from Brian O’Malley of Enterprise Ireland last week – one of their Technology Club events.

Dr Stefan Decker of NUIG and DERI will present on the topic “Semantic Web for e-Health – a first assessment and opportunities ahead“

Should be an interesting morning – the guys from DERI have been pretty active in Semantic Web developments over the past number of years. They have another event on next week in Galway looking at social networks – nice to see they are throwing their eyes at health;

Hopefully they will going in to this with an background knowledge of the healthcare situation in Ireland with regard to the use of IT. So to often one attends events where the understanding of how things currently work versus how they might work in their  blue sky version leaves some shaking their heads.

Innovation with a dose of pragmatism sometimes hits the spot better…

Tags: , ,

Healthcare blogging community

Steve Rubel over at Micro Persuasion talks in this post about the fact that the majority of top postings  to blogs relate to technology and political issues.  This skew has not been lost on myself over the last day or so while I complete an article on blogging for a healthcare publication; conveying the benefit of any new  technology or method of communication and interaction is not always easy when the audience cannot put their finger on the examples from their own industry or sector.

I think this is particularly the case of healthcare, which Steve mentions as one which is difficult to find in terms of blogging active communities – i couldn’t agree more.

Some steps are being taken to remedy this – HITSphere being one of them – a site where healthcare  IT bloggers can register and be listed on – you will find the Health Tech Blog there.

On the social side, a blogger dinner is being planned for HIMSS 06 in San Diego – you can register your interest here. There is also the possiblity (if there is sufficient interest) for a blogger meet-up at the annual Healthcare Informatics Conference in Harrowgate,UK for european health bloggers. Send me an email or leave a comment if you are interested in this.

Scoble comments on Hospital Room environment

Ok, maybe the title of this post is slightly misleading, given that the post in question is almost eight months old.

At the Health Tech Blog, I tend to keep the focus on the technology impact and improvement within the healthcare sector. But one
cannot ignore the fact that Robert Scoble – Microsoft’s best known
blogger – is on a flying visit to Ireland this week. He is in the Rebel
county for the IT@Cork event on Wednesday 30th, organised by Tom Raftery. Focus swings to a developer conference in Dublin on Thursday the 1st; ha, does this tie in with Xbox launch as well??

 
So back to the relevant point. Robert had a number of posts that asked
some fundamental questions about healthcare, and how software technologies might
help. One of these posts was was entitled Hospital room shows lots of opportunities for software industry in future

It is great to have somebody with his profile actually talking
about the sector; the fact that it was observation from a waiting
room situation is important in my mind; these were improvements that
were noted "on the fly". No, not all of them are valid, but a lot make
sense, and tie in nicely with the Medical Informatics view of the world
– electronic patient/health records, single entry of information,
system integration, business improvement. The end result should be
improved patient care.
 
These observations are equally relevant in hospital settings in
Europe. Unfortunately, some of the hopes for the use of ICT in Irish
healthcare settings has taken a fair beating over the past 6 months. We
have had PPARS and all of the ensuing controversy, which is not yet
finished. Closer to the clinical setting – in the UK, there has been
ongoing debate (particularly from the medical community) on user
involvement, patient confidentiality and consent issues with regard to
NPfIT roll out.
 
These are high profile examples, which unfortunately do not serve
the sector well. However going back to the post, it is difficult to
envisage how some of examples cited cannot form part of a modern,
technically capable, healthcare system.

Dr John Loonsk lecture in Dublin

I’m attending a lecture today in Dublin given by Dr John Loonsk,
Associate Director for Informatics and acting director of the National
Center for Public Health Informatics at the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention in Atlanta.

It’s entitled "The Development of Disease Surveillance Information Systems in the United States
– Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions
". 

This pdf from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland
gives some background to the speaker and the event. An article from
Healthcare Informatics in 2002 puts Loonsk in the category of Top 10 IT Innovators.

many thanks to John and Aoibheann for organising this event…