Ontolog invited Speaker Presentation - David Whitten & Chris Richardson - Thu 2005-06-16    (D19)

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http://ontolog.cim3.net/file/resource/presentation/DavidWhitten-ChrisRichardson_20050616/david-whitten.png [David Whitten] ... and ... http://ontolog.cim3.net/file/resource/presentation/DavidWhitten-ChrisRichardson_20050616/chris-richardson.png [Chris Richardson]    (D1X)

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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.    (D1Z)

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.    (D25)

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.    (D27)

Session Recording of the DavidWhitten & ChrisRichardson Talk    (D2K)

 (Thanks to KurtConrad and PeterYim for their help with getting the session recorded.  -ppy)    (D2L)