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Friday, November 04, 2005

Knowledge System - Health Informatics

I often imagine a Knowledge System sprawling across the diversity of Internet will become pervasive within the next 12 months... That is the time when we no longer need to define specifications to facilitate the interoperability of information and integration of content and services across and between vertical markets. That is where real people and virtual intelligent agents readily collaborate analysing data and solving complex problems in science, engineering, medicine, business, and other endeavors. With A.I., semantically tagged Web sites, wikis, and blogs, as well as social networks, vertical search engines crawl domain models, coordinate and trigger vast arrays of niche web services. Will that happen? In 12 months?

Maybe yes. I come across a budding company in Malaysia recently - The Amorphous Group ( No, CommerceNet has no investment into the company (yet). Interestingly, Amorphous owns a large Knowledge System in the dynamic field of Health Informatics. Health Informatics is increasingly recognised as an essential area of specialty. Some people like to define it, aptly as "applied information technology that involves the critical integration of medical sensitive information, resources via technology delivery to improve the quality of healthcare services". Why CommerceNet thinks Amorphous can be world class? Because it fits the four simple 'need' test below:

- One, create something really useful;
- Two, improve life of the people;
- Three, make right something that is wrong; and
- Four, keep something that is right.

Putting Amorphous' model to the test, we get:
- They are making the healthcare better by creating robust and accessible health Knowledge System;
- Secondly, the Knowledge System increases the service quality of healthcare and also the life of people;
- Thirdly, the system sets right what that is chaotic now, and put into system the knowledge of whereabout are the health resources; and
- Fourthly, the Knowledge System helps prevent the early demise of affordable healthcare!

Accuracy of healthcare information is highly critical. Yet, it is rather difficult to achieve an integrated, result oriented and effective interaction of the health and IT fields into a Knowledge System. Amorphous has carved a niche to become one of the foremost health informatics practitioners in the region. The company is still privately owned, run mostly by young medical doctors. They have made a dent in the Malaysian market and is now eyeing Singapore and the rest of ASEAN. Maybe, maybe... this is where CommerceNet can look into supporting seriously...