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[ontolog-forum] Ontolog Invited Speaker Session - David Whitten & Chris

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From: "Peter P. Yim" <peter.yim@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 09 Jun 2005 22:06:08 -0700
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We are pleased to announce that we will be having long time Hospital 
Computer System experts and two of the founders of WorldVistA, *Mr. 
David Whitten* and *Mr. Chris Richardson*, speak at our June 16, 2005 
session next week. Their talk is entitled: "The Importance of Dynamism 
in the OpenVistA Model".    (02)

WorldVistA <http://www.worldvista.org/> is the charitable organization 
supporting the OpenVistA project and the open source community that is 
making VistA hospital software package (the largest of its kind in the 
world), as well as healthcare information technology in general, more 
affordable and more widely available both within the United States and 
internationally.    (03)

*Conference call-in details*:    (04)

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2005
Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST (World Time: 
Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Participant Access Code: "686564#"    (05)

*The Importance of Dynamism in the OpenVistA Model*
by David Whitten & Chris Richardson    (06)

*Abstract*:    (07)

The VistA Model has been adapted to the changes in medical health over 
the last 25 years.  Change and adaptation is important to the longevity 
and success of the VistA model.  The advantages discovered and lessons 
learned at one site are adapted to the framework of the existing VistA 
model.   This ability to allow the whole framework to adapt to the 
changes of the onslaught of the technology is the power of this Open 
Source model.  The capabilities to do AI in this environment has not 
been fully explored.  Some of the potential opportunities will be 
described in this presentation.    (08)

*About the Speakers:*    (09)

*David Whitten* is a senior computer specialist with the U.S. Department 
of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He holds a 
masters degree in computer science and is a recognized expert on 
knowledge bases and artificial intelligence. Whitten has worked with 
VistA and its predecessors for more than twenty years while programming 
for such employers as Houston's Methodist Hospital, the University of 
Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Science Applications 
International Corporation (SAIC) as well as the VA. In the artificial 
intelligence field, he has contributed to the IEEE Standard Upper 
Ontology working group, written the unofficial FAQ on the Cyc system, 
and founded the Public Domain Knowledge Bank. Whitten is a longstanding 
member of the MUMPS Development Committee and was one of the founders of 
the OpenVistA project and WorldVistA.    (010)

*Chris Richardson* is a senior computer specialist with the Veterans 
Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Martinez, California and has been 
programming in MUMPS since 1978. Formerly employed by Science 
Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he worked on the the 
initial version of the Composite Health Care System (CHCS), the 
Department of Defense's dialect of the VA Decentralized Hospital 
Computer Program, now called VistA. Richardson has also programmed for 
NASA's Johnson Space Center, Computer Sciences Corporation, and the 
United States Public Health Service as well as his own company, 
Richardson Computer Research. He was a longstanding member of the MUMPS 
Users Group of North America and the MUMPS Development Committee, and 
was one of the founders of WorldVistA.    (011)

Refer to details on the session wiki page at:
 http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_06_16    (012)

Please point your browser to this wiki page during the session. 
Shared-screen support (VNC session) will also be available and be 
started 5 minutes before the call.    (013)

Look forward to having a lot of you at the session.    (014)

Regards. =ppy    (015)

P.S. to help us with the logistics, please respond to me off-line; or 
add your name under the "expected" attendees section ( 
)  if you are planning to attend, and haven't responded otherwise. Tx. =ppy
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