Conference Programme



Main Hall


Day 1 : 13th October 2015


08.15 am Arrival of Guests
08.30 am Arrival of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena,
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
08.35 am National Anthem
08.40 am Lighting of the Oil Lamp
08.45 am Welcome Address
Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake, President, HISSL
09.00 am Address by Chairperson, Information Communication
Technology Agency
Mrs. Chitrangani Mubarak
09.10 am Address by Chair, Asian eHealth Information Network
Dr. Alvin Marcelo
09.20 am Address by Dr. Palitha Mahipala
Director General of Health Services
09.30 am Address by Honorable Dr. Rajitha Senarathne
Minister of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine
09.45 am Address by Honorable Harin Fernando
Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure
10.00 am Address by Honorable Lakshman Kiriella
Minister of University Education and Highways
10.15 am Address by His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena
President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
10.30 am Refreshments

10.30 am


11.00 am

mHealth in Health Domain

Speakup, Mobile Application to Overcome Stuttering

- Mr. Prasanna Vaikunthavasan

Integrating Mobile Application into Monitoring & Data Collecting in Community Base Activities
- Ms Nadeesha Thilakarathne

Feasibility of Research Data Collection to an Online Database Using Smartphones and Tablets for a Community Survey on Sexual Dysfunctions
- Dr. Prabhath Ranasinghe

Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka

 Capacity Building to Meet Post  2015 eHealth Challenges
 - Prof. Vajira Dissanayake

National Policy Directives for Health Information and eHealth
- Dr. K.K. Pradeep Sylva

Personal Healthcare Number: Client Identification in the Health Domain
- Dr. Clive James

eIMMR: Timely and Accurate Morbidity - Mortality Statistics
- Dr. Nadish Kariyawasam, Dr. Buddhika Dayaratne

Workshop on Social Media for Medical Associations
  • Introduction to social media
  • Planning out your social media
  • Setting up your social media pages
  • About landing pages & website design
  • How to make your posts drive traffic
  • How do I know what is working and what is not?
  • Advertising on Facebook
  • A bit about other networks
  • Running your daily life and your members
- Dr. Rikaz Sheriff

12.30 pm

Plenary 1 - Health Information for Public Health Decision Making
New Perspectives on HIS in developing countries:
"Expanded Public Health Informatics"
- Prof. Sundeep Sahay

1.15 pm

Launch of the ‘Commonwealth eVarsity’
- Prof. Arul Raj, President, Commonwealth Medical Association Trust,
Dr. Solaiman Juman, President, Commonwealth Medical Association,
Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake, President Elect, Commonwealth Medical Association

2.00 pm

Plenary 2 - eHealth Initiatives in Sri Lanka
 Dr. Champika Wickramasinghe, Director Health Information : Ministry of Health

2.45 pm

Bio-Surveillance and Modeling in Health Care Delivery

Spatial Relationships of Dengue Morbidity in Kandy District
- Dr. Chandana Wijesinghe

Comparing Different Data Models and Predicting Future Risk of a Patient Using Healthcare Data

- Dr. Rabindra Bista

Health Information Systems and Clinical Teaching
- Dr. Nishan Silva

Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka

eHospital Dompe and "mChannelling"

- Dr. Sampath Kulathilaka

Improvement of Outpatient Services in a Base Hospital Through an Interoperable Information System: a Case Study.
- Dr. Samantha Ranasinghe

Developing and Implementing a Hospital Information Management System
- Dr. Nishan Siriwardana

Transitioning from a Decade Old Legacy System: Experience at Provincial General Hospital Kurunegala

- Dr. Prasad Ranatunga

Health GIS

Introduction to Health GIS
- Dr. BDW Jayamanne

Application of Mobile technology for Health GIS: Dengue surveillance Tracking System
-Lt. Col. LRK Kahandagamge RSP (SL ARMY)

Mapping health boundaries
- Dr. Pamod Amarakoon

3.45 pm Tea

4.00 pm

Plenary 3 - Ethics, Law and and Information security in Healthcare IT

Ethical implications of new trends in Healthcare IT'
- Dr. Kusal Wijayaweera

Essential reforms to the Sri Lankan legal system in view of new Trends in Healthcare IT
- Mr. Jayantha Fernando, ICTA

Essential Information Security controls in protecting sensitive patient information in the era of BigData - Mr. Kanishka Yapa, SLCERT

5.00 pm

Round Table Discussion on "The Future of Digital Health in Sri Lanka"
With the participation of representatives from HISSL, ICTA, Ministry of Health, WHO and Industry Partners
in collaboration with Sunday Times Business Club

7.00 pm Close & Cocktails

Day 2 : 14th October 2015

8.30 am

Imaging Informatics Applications

Low Cost Virtual Reality Laparoscopic Simulator
- Mr Pasindu Kuruppuarachchi

Use of Open Source DICOM Software in Radiology- a Single Center Experience
- Dr. Aruna Pallewatte

Design and Implementation of Picture Archiving and Communication System
- Ms Dinithi Weerasena

Introduction to PACS at DGH Trincomalee: Issues and Challenges
- Dr. Pragash Rajendiren

PACS Solutions
- Meddiiff Technologies
/Epic Technology Group

Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka

Electronic Recording and Reporting of Tuberculosis and Chest Diseases in Sri Lanka
- Dr Pramil Liyanage

NCD Surveillance System
- Dr. Deepal Wijesoorya

Grassroot level health worker attitude towards ICT
- Dr. Pamod Amarakoon

Open Source Adoption for Health Sector Disaster Management: A Sri Lankan Experience
- Dr. Janaka Wickramaratne

Nursing Informatics (session I)

Future scope of Nursing Informatics in Sri Lanka - From an Administrative Perspective
- Dr. Kithsiri Edirisinghe

Nursing Informatics (Information Seeking and Information Needs): Webinar/Skype - Facilitated by IIHS
- Associate Prof. Elizabeth Borycki

Healthcare Information Technology and Nursing (as a profession) challenges:
Webinar/Skype - Facilitated by IIHS
- Prof. Tony Sahama

Disruptive Technologies in Nursing (as a profession): Webinar/Skype - Facilitated by IIHS
- Ms Joanne Foster

9.45 am

Plenary 4 - Post 2015 challenges for ICT: Global burden of diseases and UHC
Accelerating use of eHealth for achieving UHC and readiness for the health SDGs - Mr. Mark Landry

10.30 am


11.00 am

Health Administration Informatics

Health Institution Performance and Facility Information System
- Dr. Subodha Manoj

mHealth solution to improve the skills and performance of health workers and to strengthen the health monitoring system
- Dr. Achchuthan Muthulingam

Economical Web Based Electronic Health Record (EHR) Solution for ICU.

- Dr. Roshana Mallawaarachchi

Importance of Using dm+d of NHS
- Dr. M. H. B. Ariyaratne

A Process of automating research administration data by using a customized software: RedCap
- Dr. L.A. Neranga Prabhath

Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka

Implementing a hospital wide infrastructure development in the second largest hospital in Sri Lanka: Experience at Teaching Hospital - Kandy
-Dr. Saminda M. Dharmarathna

Free and Open Source for Injury Surveillance
- Dr. Megha Ganewatta

An ICT Solution for the National Immunisation Programme: WEBIIS
-Dr. Chatura Edirisooriya, Dr Lasantha Liyanage

Nursing Informatics (Session II)

Using Information Systems in Australian Health Care Settings
- Ms. Nadeeka Jayasinghe

Preparing Undergraduate Students For Nursing In The Digital Age
- Liz Cummings, Lisa Dalton, Maree B. Bauld

Panel Discussion / Live Webinar

12.30 pm

Launch of e-Medical Center System  - ICTA

12.45 pm

Plenary 5 - IT governance for health domain

Digital Inclusion in Health  
Mr. Muhunthan Canagey, CEO ICTA

1.30 pm


2.15 pm

Knowledge Management and Presentation

Adopting Healthcare Big Data in Sri Lankan Healthcare Sector
- Miss Chathurika Wickramage, Ms. T. D. G. Geethika

Unstructured to Structured Information Conversion for Extracting Meaningful Clinical Information From Medical Notes
- Dr. Rabindra Bista

Localization of DHIS 2; an Open Source Health Information System to Sinhala Language
- Dr. Jayathri Wijayarathne

Techno-Platform Independance Interpolation in HL7 Ontologies
- Mr. Ishan Sabar

Adoption of a modified process for the development of minimum clinical dataset to improve the data quality
- Dr. L.A. Neranga Prabhath

Key eHealth Initiatives in the National Health System of Sri Lanka

e-Readiness for e-Health in a Low Resource Setting: Experience of North-Western Province
- Dr. Arjuna Wijekoon

Automated human Resource Allocation System for State Health Sector
- Dr Ravi Wickramarathna

Telehealth for the Masses
- Dr. Nishan Siriwardena

Continuous Professional Development through eLearning System for Sri Lankan Health Professionals
- Dr. G.G.A.K. Kulatunga

eHealth for post 2015 public health challenges in Sri Lanka
- Dr. Achala Jayatilleke

Presentations by industry partners

Brandix i3
How Leading Healthcare Providers Save Lives through Actionable Insights
- Mr. Supun Jayathilake, Lead Solutions Architect, Brandix i3 & Mr. Asanga Nugawela, Product Manager, Brandix i3

Tech4life Enterprises Leading the Global Change Through Mobile & Web based Telemedicine
- Dr. Shariq Khoja, C.E.O – Tech4Life Enterprises

4.00 pm

Plenary 6 - Global Initiatives on Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health
"MA4Health : 5 Point Call-to-Action" - Dr. Alvin Marcelo, Chair, Asia eHealth Information Network

4.45 pm

Closing Remarks & Tea


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HISSL: Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka is the professional association for the Sri Lankan medical, health and IT professionals, academics and students who are interested in Medical and Health Care Informatics.

ICTA: The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) of Sri Lanka is the apex ICT institution of the Government.

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