8 Feb 2011

Unit Sistem Maklumat, HUSM

Having one idea that is 'Malaysia Boleh', or theoretically we could manage anything with hard work, we at Unit Sistem Maklumat (Information System Unit), Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia really did our hard work on developing system for HUSM using open source software development tools. And it turns out that the idea was right (again). 

On the contrary, our unit is always short of staff and to describe the critical level of this situation, I would like to give an example of an Online Prescription system built in our unit. The system is running in most of our clinic that and have more than 100 users. Online Prescription (POLs) was inquired by our Pharmacy Department as a new solution towards paperless medication distribution procedure, that is less paper being used for doctors to prescribe medication to  patients. As explained, the system will cater about various of complicated variables such as drug type, classification, doses and others that required high commitment and effort to do so. 

But in our case, this whole commitment and effort of software development starting from preliminary study, databases, user interface, business logic and function, error handling and other delicate procedure was handled by ONE single person. 

But as far we moved on, these scenario became our daily chores to do. A system big enough that should be handled by at least a team of 20 person, is now responsible to only 2 personnel with no budget for the development. 

Furthermore, the data obtained from years of systems running in a very big hospital with thousand of patient everyday, a great abundance of sensitive data in various categories became our dilemma as there are not enough funding for us to buy more reliable, high performance and robust server to support the vast usage.

But, grabbing the 'Malaysia Boleh' idea that is, on further explanation should bear 'Tidak Putus Asa' as the next motto, we are currently trying to find another source of funding through out any resources we have. Any potential idea or opportunity are giving us hope that we still can 'save' all those pt data from catastrophic incident. 

When 'Malaysia Boleh' is actually not only an encourage words, but more likely a challenge sounds like 'are you Malaysia Boleh enough?' ..

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6 Feb 2011

More on Camera

I supposed those days of calibration for camera came back as I was invited to a research meeting this morning at dental's.

Together was Prof Majid and Zanur from penang with Prof Zainul, En Hakim n Dr Ali from dental. The main objective was to define the research objectives as they will fill the form for a new research grant.

This research is gonna be exiting as I thought of collaboration between com sci, IT, Math, dental clinician and photogrammetry engineer are going to be some exploration of knowledge in each of the personnel.

But, noted that it is still basic skills in photography involved and I really glad after these years I have spent a lot of time understanding and learning the basic of dslr and camera.

As long I know the best option for camera handling, lighting and exposure, I should provide more subtle images for the research needs although the significant of it really low. But, it helps the researcher to have a better quality images for their analysis.

I, for this case actually presented as both. As an IT personnel that provide information about the IT and also as a photographer. Thus, it would be satisfying enough for me to provide my skills to this upcoming research.

There are a lot of more things to know about the dslr. How the focal length could effect our image distortion and what is the ideal distance for each focal length. There are others variables of camera that should be determined in order to have an accurate measurement taken from the images. These variables for camera are called camera parameters. Initial data should be the ccd size in pixel and the size of each pixel. After series of image capturing on calibrated panel, images then analyzed to get series of camera parameters such as the distortion factor, principal point, focal length of the lens and skew factor.

And it always amazed me to find out that all these years of 'godek-godek' camera are actually could become handy in terms of scientific research, which could benefit for future clinical research and medical operation.

And these years of software development at husm also would be a significant experience as one of the unofficial objective of the research is to develop an open source software for close range photogrammetry that I suppose why I am invited in this research group.

Looking forward for this with exitement. w00t