The Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Auton Lab – Prof Artur Dubrawski – delivered a keynote speech at the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka organized eHealth Sri Lanka 2010 conference, 15-16 September, 2010. His talk titled – Detection of Informative Disjunctive Patterns in Support of Clinical Informatics (click to view slides) – has synergies with the Real-Time Biosurveillance Program (RTBP) we are piloting in India and Sri Lanka. RTBP specifically integrates a data mining and probability testing tool called the T-Cube Web Interface.
In addition to the keynote, Chamindu Sampath, LIRNEasia Research Assistant, presented a paper titled the “T-Cube web tool for rapid detection of disease outbreaks in India and Sri Lanka” (click to view the slides) and a poster. Several interesting issues regarding data quality needed for event monitoring was discussed by the audience during the session: public health informatics. Dr. Ranasinghe Premeratne (Consultant epidemiologist) emphasized the need for Information Communication Technology based solutions along with eHealth policy reforms to aid in preventive and curative health sector in Sri Lanka. The delays and gaps in the present day disease surveillance notification system was brought as well. These are the issues that the RTBP is aiming to resolve. Nivarana is an eHealth solution that tried to solve some of the latency issues; however, doesn’t seem to have gained much momentum as the RTBP.