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Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 09:29:28 -0400
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Thank you, Chris and Dave.

Developing a strategic concept for advancing adoption of EHRs in collaboration projects vis a vis OpenVistA,
and leveraging the technical support of  WorldVistA is a good idea and should be explored further.

Marc Wine, M.H.A.

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[ontolog-forum] Re: Ontolog Invited Speaker Session - David Whitten & ChrisRichardson - Thu 2005.06.16

We had an awesome presentation today, by David Whitten and Chris
Richard, talking to the community about the VistA & OpenVistA
system. The two gentlemen also shared their insight on how
ontologies have been and could be used to enhance a large and
complex hospital/patient record system like OpenVistA.

We also had great discussions during and after their
presentation. Of particular interest is the possibility of
Ontolog,  OpenVistA, and other communities (like SICoP & Protege)
collaborating, to jointly contribute to the National Health
Information Network (NHIN) initiative.

Thank you very much, David and Chris, for your very inspiring
talk. Thanks are due, as always, to those who participated at the
session too!

Material from today's event is available on our wiki at:

... in particular, the digitized (mp3) audio recording of the
entire talk and the ensuing discussion has now been posted. That
will be archived in our knowledge repository for reference and
download by anyone interested. Additionally, for the next 10
days, telephone playback will also available. See details at:

Thanks & regards.  =ppy

P.S. Our next event is scheduled for 10:30am ~ 12:30pm PDT on
Thursday May 26, 2005. Professor William E. McCarthy from
Michigan State University will be moderating a panel discussion
on "Service Sciences."  Please mark your calendars now, and watch
out for coming announcement on additional details.  =ppy

Peter P. Yim wrote Thu, 09 Jun 2005 22:06:08 -0700:
> 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".
> 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.
> *Conference call-in details*:
> Date: Thursday, June 16, 2005
> Start Time: 10:30am PST / 1:30pm EST (World Time:
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=6&day=16&year=2005&hour=10&min=30&sec=0&p1=224
> Session Duration: 1.5 ~ 2 Hours
> Dial-in Number: 1-702-851-3330 (Las Vegas, Nevada)
> Participant Access Code: "686564#"
> *The Importance of Dynamism in the OpenVistA Model*
> by David Whitten & Chris Richardson
> *Abstract*:
> 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.
> *About the Speakers:*
> *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.
> *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.
> Refer to details on the session wiki page at:
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_06_16
> 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.
> Look forward to having a lot of you at the session.
> Regards. =ppy
> P.S. to help us with the logistics, please respond to me off-line; or
> add your name under the "expected" attendees section (
> http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?ConferenceCall_2005_06_16#nidD1S
> )  if you are planning to attend, and haven't responded otherwise. Tx. =ppy
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