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June 22, 2009


Peter Moon

Hi Chuck, Peter Moon here, CEO of VIACOE RDF Pty Ltd out of Ballarat Victoria Australia. I recently read a white paper from EMC called "A Journey to Improved Healthcare: Enhancing the EHR with Virtual Patient Records." This has prompted me to try and find someone in EMC who might be interested in what we are doing. VIACOE is developing Virtual Human E Health applications and services, this includes VHEHR/VHEPR. I believe their is a synergy in what EMC has done, is doing and what we are involved in. Below here is a summary of what we are doing, and what we are looking for. Not sure whether the formatting will be readable?

Sincerely Peter Moon Cell:61 413 801 973 Skype: moonpja
The Virtual Human Technology (VHT)
Background for EMC

Key Discussion Points

1. The VHT is “THE” new communications interface for the eHealth sector
· A Virtual Human model becomes the patient’s ‘Individualisation’
· The new way to organise and interact with medical/health data
· Patient anatomy is an intuitive paradigm for data storage/retrieval

2. The current team: Who we are: The key strategic technology partner is: Dr Victor Spitzer, the Director of The Centre for Human Simulation (CHS) University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre, Denver, Colorado. (Ran the US NLM Visible Human Project in the 80’s-90’s). Victor is a close personal friend with our CTO Dr Bob Rice.

We have the experiential base and the critical mass of experts to make this project a winner.

3. Caregivers: This area of health is totally neglected by the Aust and US health authorities. In Aust some funding is provided and more is said to be imminent. But there is a lack of acknowledgment and support from the traditional medical fraternity. Education, reinforcement, knowledge, training, moral support and timely and meaningful advice are hard to come by. Caregivers feel as though they are on their own all the time. A new paradigm called Proximology (Latin=nearest) is required; the Virtual Human representation of the patient (family member/relative/friend) will have a dramatically good impact on caregivers across the board regardless of physical location, and as self-actualizing motivation for the patient. This area is a key community and political issue!

4. Remote Care/Home Care: Access to the PC based VHT will allow patient care to be provided dynamically to early release patients, interactively and dynamic VIA the virtual human communications interface from both a patient interaction and/or as a dynamic remote monitoring data aggregation solution for less mobile patients. Expert advice assisted by expert systems-based decision support software will provide visual, intuitive quality feedback to the patient, and the caregiver. Additionally the advising physician/nurse practitioner will have alerts and dynamic diagnostic/recovery progress data available via their VH communication interface that will reflect dynamic (e.g., range of motion, speech quality as well as static; e.g., lab values data – Data Intelligence! 5 DYNAMICS) The individuals dynamic patient record.

5. Distributed VH simulation: Distributed and networked VH simulation will allow for complex scenario planning and training related to natural disasters and any catastrophic event. Because the VH can be individualised and created dynamically across geographic regions, climate scapes and evolving scenarios, realism and the ‘what if’ situations can be postulated and assessed dynamically and interactively. (IE: the ability to have coaches and umpires in the dynamic mix)

6. VH VR Simulators: There will be individualised VH models for each patient, the simulations will be PC based. The immersive components will be low cost, i.e.: stereoscopic 3D shutter glasses ~$125 US. The haptic devices (hand-held controller choices) are also low cost <$200US, 3 DOF (XY&Z motion), and the tactile realism is sensational. More expensive 6 DOF (XYZ, Pitch, Roll and Yaw) devices are available for specific requirements at approximately $4-6KUS. The touch and feel sensitivity and attributes of the haptics experience are a function of the inherent algorithms within the PC Haptic software.

7. The EHR/PHR Issue: The electronic health record issue is bedevilling the Aust and US health administrations and Govt’s alike. The VH Communications interface could become the defacto National EHR paradigm.

8. Data Access issues: Google has ‘Google Health’, Microsoft has created the Health Vault, Amalga, MedStory, Virgin has an E Health portal GE and Intel are developing user applications around e Health etc.; National Govts. want a National eHealth Record. Data access, security, validity, privacy, interoperability, etc etc are all big issues. Data mining, decision support and how to retrieve and interact with the data are all areas of immense opportunity. Aust has begun the BioGrid network development, we collaboratively can make this all happen in a much more ‘engineered way’

9. What do we want: Hands-on collaboration and assistance, funding and facilities support.

Chuck Hollis

Hi Peter -- I finally got around to forwarding this to the people in EMC who do this sort of thing -- hope something good comes of it!

-- Chuck

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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