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Author: Bayanihan GNU/Linux Maintenance and Development Mailing List
To: francis.sarmiento3, Bayanihan GNU/Linux Maintenance and Development Mailing List
Subject: Re: IOSN-InWEnt-USM Call for Participation: International Conference on Open Source Software for Health (INCOSSH2008) Penang, Malaysia November 23 to 25, 2008
Dear Dr. Sarmiento,
Thanks you for forwarding this information.

First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Edgar "Bong"
Sanz. I am an OFW basically. I have been involved with Medical Equipment
since 1979 when I joined the then Philippine Heart Center for Asia( now
Philippine Heart Center). I am a Biomedical Engineer by profession and
an amateur PC enthusiast. I am at present working as a Biomedical
Engineer in Oman. I use linux(Ubuntu) on my PC/laptop.
Thru this email I just learned of such group envolved in promoting the
use of FOSS for Medical field. I am so glad that there is such a group
now. It's just unfortunate that because of my work as an OFW, I am not
able to attend this conference.
In my experience on Medical equipment, it is sad to say that there are
hardly any equipment that uses free software as the default. Practically
all equipment I have encountered are using Microsoft software.
There was one machine form Carl Zeiss which uses Linux embedded-Humphrey
Matrix Perimeter.Unfortunately the linux software cannot be easily get
So this conference would be a very beneficial one.

All the Best,

Edgar Sanz
Senior Biomedical Engineer
Sultan Qaboos University Hospital
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

On Tue, 16 Sep 2008 19:53:21 -0700 (PDT), "Francisco Sarmiento III"
<francis.sarmiento3@???> said:
> Apologies for cross-postings -- pls send to your colleagues
> ---------------------------------------------------------------
> IOSN-InWEnt-USM Call for Institutional Participation: International
> Conference on Open Source Software for Health (INCOSSH2008) Penang,
> Malaysia November 23 to 25, 2008
> Conference URL:
> TARGET AUDIENCE: managers and implementers of health information systems,
> developers, programmers of health applications
> September 15 - October 10 (application period)
> October 10-15 (evaluation period)
> October 15 (selection and notification of qualified applicants)
> October 16 - November 20 (pre-conference discussions and networking)
> November 22 (arrival of participants)
> November 23 - 25 (conference proper)
> November 25 (departure of participants)
> Applications are open for institutional participants from CAMBODIA,
> Everyone is requested to carefully read and understand the criteria,
> objectives and conditions prior to submission of their applications for
> evaluation and consideration.
> Background
> The Southeast Asian node of the International Open Source Network (IOSN
> ASEAN+3) and InWEnt Capacity Building International, Germany are
> sponsoring the participation of 20 institutions to the International
> Conference on Open Source Software for Health 2008 (INCOSSH2008)
> organized by the AMDI-Universiti Sains Malaysia.
> This conference brings together developers and end users of health
> information systems and allows them to interact closely and exchange
> their experiences with free and/or open source software, open
> standards, and open content. The official conference site is here.
> In 2007, IOSN together with Open Source Health Care Alliance,
> co-sponsored OSHCA's Annual Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With
> InWEnt's assistance, twenty developers from ASEAN attended the conference
> on the first three days and an intensive training session on the last
> day. One of the output from this event was the networking of technical
> and health domain experts which allowed for cross-pollination and
> interaction.
> Several FOSS health care projects presented their applications in this
> conference and a potential collaboration on the development of an open
> source electronic health record (FreeFeathers EHR Extension) available at
> was started.
> Coming from this conference, a logical next step is to show demonstration
> of how these software actually work and get domain experts from the
> health sector to comment on how these fit or not fit their current
> situation. The idea is to let the end users discuss their concerns and
> requested features with the actual developers. This interaction has
> numerous benefits, to wit:
> * For the developer: an understanding of what features are important to
> end users and what major components are still lacking from their
> application
> * For the health workers: an understanding of the benefits of free
> and/of open source method of application development and the importance
> of connecting closely with the original developers whether or not their
> services will be employed
> * For the e-health expert: insights on how to best implement health
> information systems cost-effectively using FOSS
> Various open source electronic health records abound on the Internet
> already with some of them emanating from ASEAN and EU. This conference
> aims to dissect the opportunities and obstacles to deployment of FOSS
> health applications in the workplace.
> For this Regional Conference, the call for participation will be sent to
> institutions with a requirement to clearly signify their commitment to
> designate their representative/participant to train other staff
> members/communities upon their return within three months (re-entry
> plan). This institutional approach assures that there is an echo seminar
> that is offered to local staff members / communities and the knowledge
> gained is shared to others.
> During the selection process, a high score will be given to institutions
> which will be able to embed a training course on FOSS for health into
> their regular plantilla of activities and services offered. These will be
> expected from the re-entry plan they will be submitting as a requirement
> for application.
> Though applications of institutions will be prioritized, individual FOSS
> trainers and experts are also eligible to apply.
> The programme provides monitoring after the conference (through their
> institution) for a sustainable implementation of follow-up activities.
> The monitoring will be done through a special website to be created for
> that purpose.
> IOSN-InWEnt can sponsor 20 participants from as many institutions from
> the four aforementioned countries.
> Nominated participants should also comprise a mix of private sector,
> public sector, and civil society.
> Applying institutions are invited to designate one
> representative/trainer. The Institution is also ask to clearly signify
> their commitment to designate their representative/participant to train
> other staff members/communities (of FOSS for Health -- materials will be
> disseminated in the conference) upon their return within three months.
> Organizations are ENCOURAGED to nominate and give preference (where
> appropriate) to FEMALE participants.
> Accepted participants are expected to shoulder the subsidized conference
> fee of USD 100 (full price USD250). Other subsidies may be granted after
> appropriate documentation is submitted.
> Interested institutions and individual FOSS ADVOCATES are invited to
> apply for participation as soon as possible by fillin gup the online form
> below:
> --------------------------------------------------
> IOSN is a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Centre of
> Excellence in Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) for the Asia-Pacific
> region. It was established by UNDP Asia Pacific Development Information
> Programme (APDIP) in 2002 through the support of the International
> Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. Through a virtual
> secretariat - and now a network of sub-regional centres, IOSN South Asia
> (based in India), IOSN Pacific Islands Countries (Fiji), and IOSN ASEAN+3
> (Philippines), it shapes its activities around FOSS technologies and
> applications; awareness and advocacy; and capacity building initiatives.
> IOSN ASEAN+3 sub-regional centre for the Southeast Asian countries is
> based at the University of Philippines Manila. The geographical mandate
> of IOSN ASEAN+3 encompasses Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
> Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and
> Korea. IOSN ASEAN+3 is tasked specifically to facilitate and network FOSS
> advocates, experts, and developers in these 13 countries to foster the
> adoption of FOSS. The vision is to have developing countries in these
> countries achieve rapid and sustained economic and social development
> with the utilization of affordable yet effective FOSS ICT solutions to
> bridge the digital divide.
> URL:
> Through its it@inwent programmes, InWEnt helps multiplying partners in
> Africa, Asia and the Middle East to provide advanced knowledge in
> information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The key objectives of
> the programmes are to strengthen IT sectors in various regions of the
> world, foster key innovations in ICTs for development and use ICTs as
> enabling tools for poverty reduction.
> Within its it@foss project (URL:, InWEnt supports
> the development and application of local innovative software solutions
> and business models based on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in the
> ASEAN region.
> URL:
> AMDI-Universiti Sains Malaysia
> The preceding decade has witnessed numerous new developments with regard
> to medical knowledge, medical technology and healthcare. To avoid being
> left behind, it is imperative that we initiate steps so as to be more
> innovative in exploiting these new advances for the benefit of patients,
> particularly in Malaysia and throughout the Asia Pacific region in
> general. In realizing this aim, the Malaysian government has taken the
> smart initiative in establishing the Advanced Medical and Dental
> Institute (AMDI) which will function to manifest this aspiration
> particularly for the benefit of the public in the northern part of
> Peninsular Malaysia as well as throughout Malaysia in general.
> The main mission of AMDI is to function as the prime catalyst in
> producing scientists and dental and medical specialists who are
> competent, holistic and contemporary in their practice and profession as
> well as being capable of generating novel discoveries in the fields of
> medicine and dentistry. To realize this aim, AMDI will adopt a
> comprehensive approach embracing both clinical and pure sciences in
> training, service and research. It is envisioned that this "cross
> fertilization" philosophical approach will foster a fertile and inventive
> environment that will increase the probability of new discoveries in both
> dentistry and medicine. Hence, the AMDI infrastructure will be designed
> to facilitate this cross-fertilization
> approach.
> URL:
> --
> Francisco "Francis" E. Sarmiento III, MD
> Program Manager for Southeast Asia
> International Open Source Network
> ASEAN+3 Sub-Regional Node
> University of the Philippines Manila-National Telehealth Center
> 3rd Floor I.T. Complex
> Philippine General Hospital Compound
> Taft Avenue, 1000 MANILA, Philippines
> Telefax no: +00 63 2 522 9231
> Mobile PLDT landline: (02) 6929711
> Mobile: +63 915 8501111
> Website:
> List:
> -----------------------
> IOSN ASEAN+3 was established by the United Nations Development
> Programme (UNDP) thru the Asia-Pacific Development Information
> Programme (APDIP) initiative.
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