Thursday, May 10, 2012

Valentia Kinection

Valentia Kinection is open source community project. Purpose of Kinection is to provide user ability to publish Kinect data on socket, which then can be utilised on remote clients or HTML5 web pages using socket.

Project Description
Valentia Kinection serves as a pathway for transmission of data from Kinetic device to the web client. The service extracts data from the device and helps publish it on web sockets, which can then be accessed on web clients via HTML 5 supporting browser such as Safari. Kinect Service Manager operates as a client/server application that provides a platform to the three basic components of the service to communicate with each other, which are:

Kinect device
Kinection utility
Web client
Kinection first utilizes the attached Kinect sensor to accumulate image, depth and skeleton data, then filters this data and publishes it on web sockets. The service employs Microsoft Kinect SDK, which offers drivers and rich APIs for raw sensor streams and human motion tracking, to extract the image, depth and skeletal data from the sensor and publishes this data on the web using the SuperWebSocket. The web client caters for viewing Kinect data both in the form of Raw Data (joints ID) and Visual Skeleton (skeletal image).

Kinection allows you to stream Kinect color, depth and skeleton from one PC to another PC or a Windows Phone or iPhone/iPad or any other compatible device via websockets. Please review the client sample page for more details on how to use Kinection.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chief Fire Officers’ Association 55th Annual Conference

Presenting CAD @ Ballymascanlon House Hotel, Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland
Ireland's leading Fire Conference and Fire Technology Exhibition is being held this year in Co. Louth. The theme of the Conference is:

“New Horizons for the Fire and Rescue Service of the Future”
The conference will focus on the changing role of the Fire and Rescue Service in the current environment. The Fire and Rescue Service responds to the needs of society in terms of the service provided and the way it is organised and there are various of models of service delivery and services provided here and in other countries. This Conference will be an opportunity to hear presentations from Fire Service personnel here and from other countries where changes in fire service structures and services delivered have occurred.

The Conference will include speakers from Holland, Finland, Luxembourg, where the structure of the fire service and the services provided are different than here. Presentations from UK speakers will focus on the current national fire service agenda and fire prevention and health and safety issues. Irish speakers will cover current developments in the Fire and Rescue and Building Control services and there will also be a Specialist Fire Protection presentation

Thursday, May 3, 2012


With Way2Care, physicians and other caregivers can roam throughout a defined work area and sign on to different workstations simply by tapping their badge against a workstation card reader. Way2Care can even use the same badge that’s used for building access—making that one ID card the only ID card your employees carry.

How Way2Care works as an advanced authentication solution

This streamlined solution for advanced authentication is created specifically to keep healthcare organizations in compliance, enabling hospital IT personnel to simultaneously lock down the desktop while supporting and enhancing clinical workflows.
Works with your existing badges.
The solution provides support for a wide variety of proximity card technologies including HID Prox, HID iCLASS, Casi-Rusco Prox, Indala Prox, Kantech, AWID, Mifare, and others.
Centrally controlled authentication grace periods.
The duration of the grace period is centrally controlled and can be set for the enterprise or by workstation group.
One tap to lock/log-off.
The solution can be configured to lock the workstation or require sign out of all applications gracefully with the tap of a badge.
Simplifies re-authentication.
The physician or nurse can simply tap their proximity badge on the reader to log on. If the authentication grace period has expired, a two-part authentication is then required.


expreSSO streamlines the organizational rollout of single sign-on with a powerful wizard tool. This tool grants healthcare organizations total ownership and control of how single sign-on is deployed and maintained hospital-wide through a cost-effective “Do It Yourself” approach.

expreSSO works as a single sign-on solution with:

Expedited clinical workflows on personal and shared workstations.
Quick, controlled access to patient data with a single set of credentials with automated sign-on.
Streamlined re-authentication means you can more quickly take care of business—such as ordering and administering medications and signing clinical documentation.
Automated log-offs help protect against unauthorized access to patient data.
A seamless, easy-to-use solution with easy installation, administration, and application integration makes the transition to single sign-on happen with little to no disruption.


Uniquely designed for healthcare, proVision enables organizations to automatically provision applications and easily create user accounts for employees and outside users who require access to computer resources. proVision provides near real-time status of a user’s electronic identities and includes rich delegation features to enable self-service capabilities for non-technical users. Simply put, proVision allows IT administrators to effectively track users and application accounts across the enterprise.

How proVision works as an identity management solution

proVision requests can be completed the same day.
Turnaround time on provisioning requests can be reduced from weeks to the same day.
Supports security and audit ratings.
Minimizes risk of unauthorized access by imposing consistent processes for managing system users.
Low IT costs and support.
Keep hands-on IT support and errors low with a consistent provisioning process for all computer users.
Supports compliance efforts.
Organizations can implement privacy policies that adhere to HIPAA, JCAHO, and other regulatory compliance. With comprehensive “fine-grain" provisioning, proVision makes it possible to automatically provision applications from corporate e-mail to the most complex clinical systems, with the necessary account attributes.

Microsoft Vergence

Vergence minimizes the tedious, time-consuming, and error-prone activities of signing on to each application and then searching for the patient’s record in each application. Vergence privacy auditor can be added to provide a centralized audit capability that tracks access of each patient’s electronic record independent of the specific applications used.

How Vergence works as a clinical workstation solution

Single sign-on
Enables caregivers to enter their enterprise directory credentials once in order to gain access to any application.
Fast user switching
Clinicians can quickly and confidently share workstations—knowing that they will have quick and proper access to the applications and records they individually need.
Streamlines tasks such as ordering and administering medications or signing clinical documentation—all while accommodating any re-authentication needs.
Context management
Enables caregivers to select the patient of interest once, in any application, in order to tune all applications to the same patient—saving time and minimizing the risk of mixing patient data.
Role-based access and a familiar desktop
A role-based toolbar called Launchpad standardizes the look and feel of diverse workstations across the enterprise. This helps standardize the user experience throughout the day.
Patient-centric system navigation
A drop-down list of recently viewed patients can be used for selecting a patient’s record for viewing across multiple applications.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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Microsoft Amalga

Combine information from many systems, explore data on demand and build out applications as needed to help drive improvements.

Microsoft Amalga

Microsoft Amalga helps healthcare organisations connect information across different parts of the healthcare system to impact patient outcomes.Visit the website
The NHS is embarking on the most significant and complex change programme in its history. It is required to make billions of pounds in savings and drive up standards of quality and performance. In this environment, the workforce is also facing deep uncertainties over roles and job security. Undoubtedly, the structure of the NHS will change radically over the next few years.  
“Our challenge was to answer the questions of tomorrow – Amalga is an incredibly robust platform – it’s been tailored and tested to ensure it integrates seamlessly with existing systems and workflows. This also means we are getting exactly what we need to ensure Milton Keynes maintains its excellent record in healthcare, now and in the future.”
Duncan Smith, Director of Finance, Milton Keynes NHS Trust

Driving sustainable and effective healthcare with flexible technology

Throughout this period of transition, quality and performance must be maintained or improved, sizeable cost and efficiency savings must be achieved, and knowledge and skills must be retained and transferred.
As trusts and hospitals make this transition, the creation, collation and retrieval of operational, financial and patient data will be critical to success. Trusts and hospitals will need to:
  • Understand – in near real-time – their organisation’s performance, activities and financials
  • Become more responsive to commissioners, more transparent on activities, operations, procurement and pricing
  • Be more aligned on what is happening with, and across, other healthcare organisations to generate a single view of the patient
  • Be more responsive, identify issues faster, empower patients and provide more effective care

How Amalga can help

Microsoft Amalga, an enterprise health intelligence platform, has been designed to offer the foundation for a proven data strategy – giving healthcare organisations a single repository of data from existing systems, while enabling solutions to meet the everyday challenges of the NHS. This approach brings historically disparate data together and makes it easy to identify and act on insights into clinical, financial or operational performance. It centralises all digital information – from patient records to notes to images – into a single, continuously updated repository that is available for analysis and data sharing.  
Amalga enables flexible insights into clinical and healthcare operations, supporting continuous process improvement efforts and helping to promote better healthcare and improved compliance. Combined with familiar, powerful software such as Microsoft SharePoint, Amalga provides the ideal solution for collaboration and information management.
Fundamental to the aggregation strategy is the adoption of open technologies within Amalga, which allow healthcare organisations to build specific solutions flexibly on top of a central repository of data, using third party technologies. These technologies may be developed by Microsoft, its partners or other vendors.
Through a set of defined user experiences, and with support from Microsoft’s ecosystem of customers and partners, trusts and hospitals can integrate a series of purpose-built, but customisable, solutions. These include:
  • Discharge Planning and Management
  • Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) Management including Venous thromboembolism (VTE), glucose tracking and stroke indicators
  • Clinical portals
  • Readmissions management
  • Prevention of unnecessary medical tests
  • Chronic care
  • Image consolidation, distribution and departmental analytics
Microsoft Amalga can also be combined with powerful collaborative technologies, such as Microsoft Office and SharePoint, to help healthcare organisations deliver tangible benefits in three core areas:

Manage and understand critical information:

  • Gain a consolidated view of a patient or cohorts of patients
  • Provide clear and accessible, near real-time clinical and operational dashboards
  • Understand care in context:
    - Effectiveness
    - Cost
    - Patient experience
    - Efficiency

Make better decisions:

  • Data and information to help do the best for patients
  • Co-ordinate care in a shorter time
  • Operational insight to mitigate risk, improve service, reduce costs and meet targets

Create sustainable success:

  • Work in partnership with individual care givers, teams and organisations to deliver long-term value
  • Engender better performance, now and in the future - clinically, operationally, financially
  • Build a platform to capitalise on new opportunities and meet future challenges