Open Source Activities in Korea

I would like to report to the OSEHRA community on some exciting new developments in Korea that are gaining momentum.  

Over the past few years, OSEHRA has continued to expand our level of engagement with Korean-based members and partners.  The Catholic University of Korea Prostate Research Center was our first Korean Organizational Member.  Its Director, Ji Youl Lee, MD, began to explore the deployment of the open source process in his work as well as the possibility of adopting VistA for use in Korean hospitals.  Our Korean engagement grew last June when Byungkwan Choi, MD, and Junghoon Ro, PhD, visited OSEHRA as representatives of a consortium of three major hospitals in Pusan, Korea.  They sought to explore the possible adoption of open source VistA, and during their visit they met with OSEHRA Organizational Members in person and virtually.  In October, Professor Il Kon Kim, Director of the Health Informatics Lab at Kyungpook National University, joined OSEHRA and completed 2 test installations of VX VistA with Caché and OSEHRA VistA with GT.M.  InterSystems and DSS assisted us with the test installations for local demo and educational activities.  Professor Kim worked at Georgetown University some years ago, and is an internationally recognized expert in HL-7 and FHIR.

In November, Han-Il Lee, MD, CEO of Dream Hospital in Daegu, Korea, visited Oroville Hospital and the VA Medical Center in San Francisco to learn more about VistA.  Dr. Lee was very impressed with how Robert Wentz, CEO of Oroville, “made Tenzing VistA a powerful management tool that made his hospital highly efficient and successful in terms of both management and the safety of patients.”  Dr. Lee also felt that “the role of IT in Korean hospitals needs to be changed from supporting electronic health records to creating paperless hospitals, enabling data mining, and using data to improve the efficiency of hospital management.”  

OSEHRA’s momentum continued in November as we welcomed SooSangST Corporation as our newest Organizational Member.  It was a pleasure to meet their highly professional team of IT business leaders in Pusan, Korea.  Recently we helped them install a demo of OSEHRA VistA with GT.M, and we look forward to continuing to work with them. Also during my November visit to Korea I briefed the Health Business Unit of Korea Telecomm with our new Korean partners. Finally, just last week, Samuel Choi, PhD, CEO of IRM Inc. of Korea visited OSEHRA for an in-depth technical discussion.  I expect to see more of these types of activities emerge from Korea in the coming years.  I look forward to strengthening all our partnerships and expanding their engagement with the OSEHRA Community.

Seong K, Mun, PhD
President and CEO