Section 1 What did you learn?
The Forum aimed at raising the awareness of e-health and health informatics, promoting e-health development. There was experience sharing session about project collaboration among Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In addition, the introduction of new technologies and international standards encouraged cooperation between domestic and foreign regions on medical informatics and internationalization of standards. All these were new to me. In participating in such a large forum, I not only had some understanding of the current e-health advancement in Hong Kong, but also acquired information about the development in other countries.
Section 2 How it can be applied to the health informatics development and/or healthcare/clinical applications? Give example (if any).
I am interested in the application on e-Health Record System development. The Hong Kong Government is going to develop and implement paperless e-Health Record in future. The old age population in Hong Kong is growing fast and many of them have multiple chronic illnesses. The demand for health service is tremendous. I am working in the elderly health service and I found out that most of the elderly lived in old age home. The quality standards of the old age home varies a lot. The implementation of electronic elderly home system will be a possible solution to raise the care standard. This system would provide medical history, dispensing information, diagnosis and drug list. The drug list can be printed out for drug dispensing purpose. Staff of various disciplines can assess the system to arrange activities without conflicting with other disciplines in booking the activities for the elderly in centre. The speaker reported that the system is designed to be user friendly and can cope with the IT illiteracy, but required minimum knowledge of IT skills such as Chinese input methods. Some private old age home are small in size and...
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