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…

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ATM access to Health Records

Last Week, I took a couple of photographs of the good and bad of ATM user interface design.

First, the bad – from the local Spar shop. I choose to withdraw €30 and got this response.

Poor design in action here. A few days later, at an Ulster Bank ATM, a more intuitive approach. After inserting the bank card (below), you are informed what notes are available.

Then I wondered – Ok, apart from the User Interface design issue – what’s the connection here? This morning, I came across an old post from Hans Oh discussing the Canadian Health System, and a quote from a tired sounding CIO on the difficulties associated with developing a regional or national EHR (electronic health record).

"You can’t walk up to the health ATM, stick your tongue in it and get a
health check. The ATMs have been pretty successful at showing how
somebody can get their balance anywhere in the world and draw money.
Health doesn’t work as simply as that."


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