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Department of Computer Science Seminar
2009 Series

Mobile Blood Donation Registration Service: A Case Study of Healthcare

Prof. Patrick C.K. Hung
University of Ontario Insitute of Technology (UOIT)

Date: September 15, 2009 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Venue: SCT909, Cha Chi Ming Science Tower, Ho Sin Hang Campus

This talk presents a case study of adopting Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Health Level 7 (HL7) in the Hong Kong Red Cross to support blood transfusion services. Every time a blood donor attends a donation center, he/she must proceed through the registration process, requiring them to fill in the registration form, regardless of whether they are a first-time-donor. Based on some research studies, the registration process is a cumbersome and time consuming process which increases the drop-out rate of blood donors. The purposes of this research project are to optimize the process and minimize the drop-out rate of blood donors. Using the Web 2.0 and semantic Web technologies, the system includes a novel service which supports the privacy access control and security, in protecting the donors’ personal information provided throughout the blood donation process. The system is built on the mobile model of SOA and eXtensible Markup Language (XML) related security technologies. The system is currently being tested and studied in the Hong Kong Red Cross blood donation center. In addition, an empirical study of technology adoption is also conducted at the site to test the usability and feasibility of such a system from the blood donors’ perspectives. The system is planned to launch at the blood donation centers in Summer/Fall 2009.

Patrick Hung is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business and Information Technology in UOIT. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of Waterloo. Patrick is currently collaborating with Boeing Phantom Works (Seattle, USA) and Bell Canada on security- and privacy-related research projects. He is also cooperating on Web services composition research projects with Southeast University in China. He is an executive committee member of the IEEE Computer Society's Technical Steering Committee for Services Computing, a steering member of EDOC "Enterprise Computing," and an associate editor/editorial board member/guest editor in several international journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), International Journal of Web Services Research (JWSR) and International journal of Business Process and Integration Management (IJBPIM). Recently Patrick Hung has founded a startup company BeaconWall Limited at Hong Kong Science and Technology Park with Prof. Jay Tashiro from Wolfsongs Informatics, USA.

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