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7th Scientific Meeting on Medical Informatics

In celebration of its third anniversary, MISC (Medical Informatics Study Center) of Gunadarma University in collaboration with INAMI (Indonesian Association of Medical Informatics) organized its 7th Scientific Meeting on Medical Informatics in the Main Hall of Margonda Campus, Depok, Indonesia, on November 3, 2007. It was held in the form of an international seminar with the theme of "The Role of Medical Informatics in Healthcare and Current Medical Technology".

The meeting was attended by around 250 participants, coming from several governmental offices as well as various private educational, healthcare, and business institutions. A teleconferencing connection was also set with Brawijaya University in Malang, East Java. Prof. Dr. ES Margianti, SE, MM, Rector of Gunadarma University gave her warm welcoming speech to begin the meeting at 9.00 AM. Special remarks were given by Director General of ICT Application, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Republic of Indonesia.

The presenters were Prof. KC Lun from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Prof. M Paindavoine from University of Burgundy, and Dr. NS Salahuddin from Gunadarma University.

Prof. Lun, the former president of APAMI (Asia Pacific Association of Medical Informatics) and also the former president of IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association) presented two papers. In his first paper, "Health Informatics in the Asia Pacific", Prof. Lun stresses diversity as the major challenge in the development of health informatics in the region of Asia Pacific. He also stresses the need and importance to develop telemedicine in Asia Pacific. His second paper was "Containing Acute Disease Outbreak". In his second paper, Prof. Lun gave brief description about DRiFT (Digital Ring-Fencing Technology), an electronic method for containment of emerging infectious disease, based on SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) data in Singapore. It is hoped that the method can also be used effectively to control the impending outbreak of bird flu.

Prof. Paindavoine is a prominent expert in image processing in France. His paper discusses two applications of image processing, the measurement of human trunk inclination with a CMOS camera and ultrasonic imaging for muscle analysis. He concluded that simple, low-cost and commercial webcam can be used for assessment of trunk inclination. He also concluded that ultrasonic image processing method can be adapted later for real time measurements of muscle analysis in dynamic mode.

Dr. Salahuddin in his paper, "Design and Analysis of CMOS Photodiode for Gamma Camera Application" describes his experiments to develop CMOS photodiode as a component of the future small-sized gamma cameras to be used in nuclear medical imaging.

The Presentations were followed by an interesting panel discussion, and the meeting was closed at around 12.30 AM, bearing our hopes that the meeting will make a lot of benefits for the future development of medical informatics in Indonesia.