Reliable Automated HAI Monitoring with Intelligent IT (November 19-21, 2012)—At the Annual Conference of the Federation of Infection Societies (FIS) that was held in conjunction with the 8th International Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) Conference (FIS / HIS 2012), members of Medexter Healthcare presented how "Intelligent IT Makes Automated HAI Monitoring, Surveillance, and Reporting Feasible and Reliable" in cooperation with members of the Medical University of Vienna.

Medexter wins Healthcare Leadership Award (November 4, 2012)—As part of the "Seminar on AwardContemporary Healthcare from the Perspective of Social Wellbeing: Reflections and Interventions" that was held by the Alliance Francaise de Delhi in New Delhi/India, Professor R. S. Tyagi—member of the Medexter team in India—was given the Healthcare Leadership Award 2012. He was awarded by the Knowledge Resource Development & Welfare Group "in recognition of his outstanding contribution in promoting inclusive Healthcare".

International Federation of Infection Control Congress, Zagreb (October 10-13, 2012)—In cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna, members of the Medexter team presented a paper entitled "Hospital Acquired Infection Surveillance with Intelligent Information Technology – Is it Feasible and Does it Make Sense?" at the 12th IFIC Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

GMDS Annual Conference, Braunschweig (September 16-20, 2012)—Members of the Medexter team presented "Moni: Automated surveillance of nosocomial infections" at the GMDS Annual Conference in Braunschweig, Germany. Additionally, a paper concerned with "Detection of possible adverse drug events using Arden-Syntax-based rule engine" was co-authored by members of Medexter Healthcare and also presented at the conference.

Fuzzy Arden Syntax (May 15, 2012)—A fuzzified version of the Arden Syntax, called Fuzzy Arden Syntax, offering the inclusion of clinical concepts with unsharp boundaries into clinical decision support systems—as is intuitively done in many areas of medicine—was discussed, agreed upon, and positively balloted at the Health Level Seven (HL7) International Working Group Meeting in Vancouver/Canada which took place from 13 to 18 May 2012. The proposal for this augmentation was prepared by members of Medexter Healthcare; it was well-received and supported by the Arden Syntax working group of HL7 International. This extended definition of Arden Syntax will become Arden Syntax Version 2.9 in due time.

HL7 International Newsletter Report on Moni (May 13, 2012)—In the May 2012 issue of the Health Level Seven (HL7) International Newsletter, a report on "Electronic Surveillance of Healthcare-Associated Infections Using HL7's Arden Syntax" was included. It is authored by Professor Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, Medexter's CEO and Scientific Head. The report contains a description of how HL7's Arden Syntax standard is applied in Moni, a computer system for the early detection, monitoring, and reporting of ICU-acquired infections which is in routine operation at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria.

Award Won at eHealth 2012, Vienna (May 11, 2012)—At the eHealth 2012 conference that took place in Vienna/Austria from 10 to 11 May 2012, the Medical University of Vienna's medical student Philipp Meng together with members of Medexter Healthcare received the this year's Master Thesis Award of this conference for his presentation on "QRE: A prototype for localized up-to-date antibiotic resistance information". This collaborative project between the Section for Medical Expert and Knowledge-Based Systems, Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems, Medical University of Vienna and Medexter Healthcare is aimed at providing current antimicrobial resistance information, with proper validity for a certain region, to physicians in hospitals, outpatient departments, and private practices. This information transfer will be based on smart phone technology with a central server as back end.

ID Austria Day 2012, Graz (May 2, 2012)—At the ID Austria Day 2012, organized by the ID Information und Dokumentation im Gesundheitswesen GmbH & Co. KGaA, Berlin/Germany in cooperation with the Steiermärkische Krankenanstaltengesellschaft (KAGes), Graz/Austria, our CEO and Scientific Head, Professor Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, gave an invited talk on "Clinical decision support in practice". This event took place in Graz/Austria.

ConhIT 2012, Berlin (April 24–26, 2012)—For the third time, Medexter Healthcare attended the Connecting Healthcare IT (conhIT) trade fair in Berlin/Germany. From 24–26 April 2012, three days of presentations of Medexter's products accompanied by intensive discussions with present and prospective customers took place.

Hepaxpert App for iPad (April 26, 2012)—Hepaxpert for iPad, version 1.0 (in English), is now available on the iTunes App Store. Hepaxpert is a software solution that allows precise and exhaustive interpretation of hepatitis A, B, and C serology test results. You can purchase and download it here. Health professionals as well as patients infected with hepatitis will highly benefit from these interpretive analyses of serologic tests.

Presentation at ConhIT 2012, Berlin (April 25, 2012)—At the congress of the Connecting Healthcare IT conhIT industrial fair in Berlin/Germany from 24 to 26 April 2012, our CEO and Scientific Head, Professor Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, gave a talk on "Clinical decision support in practice". The presentation was well received by the audience of more than 150 people.

HL7 International Newsletter Article (April 24, 2012)—The official newsletter of the Health Level Seven International (HL7) user groups in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Ardenand Luxembourg published an article on "Arden Syntax for medical knowledge representation and processing" authored by Klaus-Peter Adlassnig and Karsten Fehre, both members of Medexter Healthcare. This article gives a description of the present state of Arden Syntax and provides examples of its clinical use.

ConhIT 2012 Satellite Event, Berlin (April 23, 2012)—At the conhIT satellite event of the German Society of Medical Informatics, Biometry, and Epidemiology and the German Association of Medical Informaticians in Berlin/Germany, our CEO and Scientific Head, Professor Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, gave an invited talk on "Arden Syntax server—service-oriented architecture for clinical decision support".

European Federation of Medical Informatics Conference Contributions, Pisa (April 20, 2012)—At the 24th Conference of the European Federation of Medical Informatics that will take place in Pisa/Italy from 26 to 29 August 2012, members of Medexter Healthcare are part of the author teams of three reports given at this conference: (a) "Concise healthcare-associated infection reporting and benchmarking with minimal staff resources", (b) "Assessing the clinical uses of fuzzy detection results in the automated detection of CVC-related infections: A preliminary report", and (c) "A data-driven living review for pharmacogenomic decision support in cancer treatment".

Invited Talk in Lille, France (April 11, 2012)—At the 23rd National Congress of the French Society for Hospital Hygiene that will take place in Lille/France from 6 to 8 June 2012, Professor Walter Koller, a member of Medexter Healthcare’s clinical expert team, will give an invited talk on "Electronic surveillance of healthcare-associated infections in the ICU: is it worth it?".

Presentations at the eHealth Conference, Vienna (April 11, 2012)—Members of Medexter Healthcare are part of the author teams of three reports that will be given at the next annual Austrian eHealth conference taking place in Vienna/Austria from 10 to 11 May. The reports are on "Semi-automated identification of potential adverse drug events", "A comparison between the effectiveness of manual ward surveillance and electronic surveillance of healthcare-associated infections", and "QRE: A prototype for localized up-to-date antibiotic resistance information".

Health Level Seven (HL7) Austria Meeting, Vienna (March 21, 2012)—At the Annual Meeting of Health Level Seven Austria, which took place in Vienna, our CEO and Scientific Head, Professor Klaus-Peter Adlassnig, gave an invited talk on "HL7 standards for clinical decision support". The presented topics included "Arden Syntax—medical knowledge representation and processing", "Service-oriented clinical decision support", and "GELLO/vMR—Query and expression language / accessing a virtual medical record data model".

Arden Syntax Version 2.8 ANSI-Approved (March 13, 2012)—The Health Level Seven Arden Syntax for Medical Logic Systems, Version 2.8 was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and by Health Level Seven (HL7) International under the designation ANSI/HL7 Arden V.2.8-2012. Medexter Healthcare initiated this new version and provided extended input. It applies this standard in the development of clinical decision support systems.

Medexter Office in New Delhi, India (February 15, 2012)—Medexter Healthcare is proud to announce its first international office, which was opened in India at New Delhi. This office is under the leadership of Dr. Rajeshwar S. Tyagi, who is a pioneer in information and communication technology (ICT) in healthcare in India. Having introduced and implemented ICT systems at the ALL Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, one of the premier medical institutions of the country, Dr. Tyagi led this development from the very beginning to the present advanced state-of-the-art. Dr. Tyagi is internationally renowned in this field having represented India at the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) from 2005–2012. Medexter’s Indian subcontinent office shall be responsible for the sales and marketing of Medexter Healthcare products, their implementation, service, and maintenance.

Journal of Biomedical Informatics (February 10, 2012)—The international Journal of Biomedical Informatics published online a scientific article on "The Arden Syntax standard for clinical decision support: Experiences and directions". The article is co-authored by members of Medexter Healthcare, who are active in the application and further development of the Arden Syntax.

Enhanced Clinical Decision Support for CPRS, San Antonio (January 20, 2012)—Project closure review meeting in San Antonio, TX, U.S.A. of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) CHIO Innovation Project "Enhanced Clinical Decision Support for CPRS" (Innovation ID #209). This project aimed at the development of clinical reminder and patient report card applications within the above framework and was successfully completed. The VISTA medical information system of the VHA was accessed through Meadows (MDWS) by the Gello expression language and an Arden-Syntax-based server received the extracted data, processed them, and displayed the reminder and patient report card results. At this meeting, the gained results and the smooth cooperation between the VHA CHIO project leader and participants, Hewlett Packard (HP), Medexter Healthcare, and Medical Objects was emphasized.

Arden Syntax Version 2.8 (January 17, 2012)—The Arden Syntax Working Group approved the new version 2.8 of Arden Syntax incorporating several new operators and syntax statements defined and proposed by members of Medexter Healthcare. These extensions included operators to manipulate lists such as "remove ... from ..." and "add ... to ... [at] ...", to access and manipulate parts of the date data element, and a new switch and break statement.



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