Our director, Dwight Walker, started doing MB, BS in 1979-80 at University of Melbourne then switched to BSc in computer science at University of Queensland 1981-87. He revisited University of Melbourne Medical School in 2012 for their 150th anniversary and found software engineer and medical science overlapped in the form of bioinformatics but he
could not afford doing a Master in Bioinformatics under School of Science, University of Melbourne. I was surprised how much the computer and medical sciences overlapped e.g. SQL, handheld devices, wireless internet, eBooks for diagnosis.
Medicine is a slow lumbering group. Agile development of apps would be more fruitful. Large infrastructure projects are very risky in medicine due to information silos and poor communication.
I have developed portals for several medical associations:
From our librarian skills, I have built quality lists of links e.g. MEPSA where I was awarded 'ISI Web of Knowledge'. I am Webmaster of Digital Publications Indexing SIG of American Society for Indexing and pioneered Web Indexing Prize and metadata creation for indexing Web pages when I was Webmaster of Australian and NZ Society of Indexers.
I have also classified and catalogued historical data for a book on Aboriginal Missions. This led to me to cataloguing books of my father's library and personal papers using Resourcemate. I also catalogued 2 small libraries, one Christian theology and the other ancient history, using Collectorz which has a mobile
phone app, barcode reader and Web OPAC to allow for collaboration. This led to more valuable books being discovered and made accessible via the catalogue a small community loaning library and to allow someone to sell a library based in their home. Koha was too hard to install as it required a very specifically installed Linux server.
I indexed Director of National Parks Annual Report 2012 in which I indexed aboriginal jobs which is a social and medical treatment of a dysfunctional group of people which leads to high suicide and incarceration rates.
eHealth, Telemedicine and Records Management
eHealth Web Services
In August 2012, we started to contact Orange doctors to find their IT needs. Mostly this was ADSL and WIFI but there was also data sharing and networking for X-Rays and patient records.
As part of Standard Business Reporting (SBR), we are planning on integrating doctor's medical records with Medicare and Centrelink.
Since 2009, I have installed a wireless router hotspot in a medical centre in Orange and would like to work more with the Australian eHealth initiative.
Since 2006 I have designed and built a WiFi Mesh portal to create wireless internet in remote places of Australia. This will be connected to the NBN using backhaul from Dubbo after it is connected in mid-2013.
I advised Orange City Library to setup a WiFi hotspot in 2009 which has been a huge success with local businesses, temporary workers and students.
In 2009, I advised Orange City Council to install solar-powered WiFi CCTV in Robertson Park and elsewhere to cut vandalism and crime.
If doctors outsource to a savvy provider like ourselves, they would benefit from the centralisation of patient records by the Australian Government. This requires adequate security. Many old IT companies do very poor security leading to data leaking out.
There is an opportunity for telemedicine using Webcam to assess patients to see if they are drunk or mentally unstable to save flying aboriginals from Walgett to Orange in an intoxicated state but filter using a Webcam whether the patient is suitable to be flown
or if they will dry out and then be treated locally saving the NSW Government thousands of dollars from wasted transfers. This is being done in Bloomfield Mental Hospital in Orange NSW since 2008 after which a new hospital was built next door. Central West NSW has the highest mental health statistics outside Sydney in rural NSW. Remote
care would increase the levels of service at minimal cost. The NSW Government would gain greatly from applying technical treatment of far flung areas of the state.
Doctors need to standardise their digital reporting and share patient data (Electronic Health Records or EHR) with other practitioners and the Australian Government in a secure format.
With Standard Business Reporting (SBR) Web services' standardised record formats (taxonomy) and secure reporting (Auskey), it will be possible to achieve this using cloud hosting in a scalable way. Currently we have compiled SBR C SDK for Linux and run connection tests to the Australian Government Vanguard secure gateway but had to take down the cloud server as it was too expensive until we have a business plan to launch medical and financial Web services based on SBR online.
To import large numbers of paper records into a secure Web repository to enable data sharing, research and better health outcomes in remote areas, a skilled Web developer such as ourselves is needed. In 2007, we merged 1 million patents from several standards using our own metadata standard schema using PHP, awk, MySQL, Linux, batch jobs, text records and Web services.