eHealth 2010


eHealth Sri Lanka 2010 offers a platform for presentation of innovations in eHealth applications from all over the world. It also provides a foundation for eHealth development in Sri Lanka as the country enters a new era of development and growth. ‘Towards IT enabled Health Care’ being this year’s theme, The conference plans in bringing together stake holders in the Health Care, Professionals in IT and the decision makers to one forum to make a significant impact in the quality of Sri Lanka’s truly unique health care system has become a reality. 

Dates: 15-16 October 2010

Theme: Towards IT enabled Health Care

Venue: Waters Edge, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka

Conference Tracks:

  • Public Health Informatics
  • eEducation in Medicine
  • Law in Health Informatics
  • IT for Efficient Health Administration
  • Clinical Informatics


Day 1:


Registration & Inauguration

Registration desk


Welcome Address

Dr. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake

President, Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka


Address by Chief Guest

Hon. Maithripala Sirisena

Minister of Health, Sri Lanka


Address by Guest of Honor

Hon. Prof. Tissa Vitharana

Minister of Technology and Research, Sri Lanka.


Address by Director PGIM

Prof. Rezvi Sherrif

Director, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo


Awarding of Medals to Past Presidents

Prof. Jayantha Weerasinghe

President elect, Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka


Vote of Thanks

Dr. Saminda M. Dharmaratne

Chairman, Chief Organizing Committee, eHealth Sri Lanka 2010.




Symposium on eHealth Policy


Chairperson with Opening Remarks

Dr. T.R.C. Ruberu

Secretary, Ministry of Health

Way forward for e-Health in Sri Lanka(Keynote)

Mr. Reshan Devapura

COO, Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka

Towards an eHealth Policy in Sri Lanka

Dr. S.R.U Wimalaratne

Director Information, Ministry of Health

Open Standards and Interoperability in Health IT

Dr. Molly Cheah

President, Open Source Health Care Alliance – Malaysia

Measuring Business Value of ICT in Healthcare 

Mr. Ashok Chandavarkar

Healthcare Industry Manager – Asia Pacific at Intel Corporation, India

Summing Up by Co-Chairperson

Dr. Wimal Jayantha

Deputy Director General (Planning), Ministry of Health




Symposium on IT for Health Administration



Dr. Ajith Mendis

Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Sunil Senanayake

Regional Adviser,Health Situation  Assessment, WHO, New Delhi

Invited Talk

Dr. Senaka Rajapakshe , Head, Dept of Clinical Medicine,

Medical Faculty of Colombo University.

eIMMR: The Future of Health Statistics in Sri Lanka

Dr. N.C.Kariyawasam

(Free Paper )

National Thalassaemia eRegistry : Using IT for effective health resource management

Dr.Abusayeef Hanifa

(Free Paper )





Symposium  on eHealth in the Private Sector



Dr. Vajira H W Dissanayaka

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

Invited Talk

Prof. Lal G. Chandrasena

Director / General Manager, Nawaloka Hospitals PLC

It in Healthcare – A way forward

Mr. Linus Jeganathan

Director Finance, Hemas Hospitals PVT Ltd

State of the art mobile eHealth research and development – A Sri Lankan perspective

Dr. Lilantha Samaranayake

Senior Scientist, Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (Pvt) Ltd

Clinical Informatics

Dr. A.Thanga Prabhu

Clinical Director – GE Healthcare IT, India


Close of Day 1

Day 2:




Symposium on Clinical Informatics



Dr. Terrence Gamini de silva

Deputy Director General (Medical Services), Ministry of Health

Keynote Talk

Prof. Artur W. Dubrawski

Director of the Auton Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Challenges of Electronic Health Records Implementation

Dr. Mogli Goverdhan Das

Sr. Consultant eHealth Management, HEARTCOM INC. Ohio, USA.

Technology Transfer with Telemedicine

Prof. Jayantha Weerasinghe

Faculty of Dental Sciences, University of Peradeniya

Emergent mHealth interventions in delivering health services

Mr. Jaikishan Rajaraman – Senior Director, Asia-Pacific, GSM

eClinics Integration Techniques to Clinical Information Systems Moving into a National Network

Ms.Dinusha Vathsalan

(Free Paper)

Computerized out-patient records in Lankan Hospital

Dr.Denham Pole (Free Paper)





Symposium on Public Health Informatics



Dr. Palitha Mahipala

Additional Secretary (Medical Services),Ministry of Health

Role of the  central ministry in supporting decentralized health information systems(Keynote)

Prof. Sundeep Sahay

Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Norway.

The role of information in Maternal and child Health Policy Making – History and way forward.

Dr. Chithramalee de Silva, Consultant Community Physician,

Family Health Bureau, Ministry of Health

Public Health Surveillance &  ICT- International perspective

Dr. Nihal Abeysinghe –Focal point, New vaccines Introduction Immunization and Vaccine Development unit , South East Asia WHO

Public Health Surveillance &  ICT- Local perspective

Dr. Risintha Premaratne

Consultant Epidemiologist, Epidemiology Unit, Ministry of Health

Public Health Info Management Sys at  MOH level

Dr.E.S.S.Rodrigo (Free Paper)

An ICT solution for issues in communicable disease surveillance in Sri Lanka

Mr.W.M.A.S.B. Wickramasinghe

(Free Paper)

T-Cube Web Tool for rapid detection of disease outbreaks in India and Sri Lanka

Mr.Chamindu Weerasnghe

(Free Paper)





Symposium on IT for Medical Education



Prof. Rezvi Sherrif

Director, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo

Harnessing the IT factor in Medical Education (Keynote)

Prof. Erle Lim Chuen Hian – Associate Professor,

National University Health System, National University of Singapore

Reaching the public through computer based media

Dr. Sarath  Amunugama

Director, Health Education Bureau, Ministry of Health

Development and delivery of CME online : challenges for the future

Prof. Nandani de Silva – Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Perception of an Online Post Graduate Course in Family Medicine in Sri Lanka

Dr.Ediriweera De Silva

(Free Paper)





Symposium on Special Topics



Dr. Shiromi Arunathileka, Senior Lecturer, School of Computing,

University of Colombo

Intricacies of on-line publishing

Dr. B.J.C. Perera

Editor – in Chief, Sri Lanka Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

Clinical Bioinformatics

Dr. Vajira H W Dissanayaka

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo

HealthService24 Case Study –

Improving healthcare with mobile health

Yvonne Chou

Customer Principal, South East Asia & Oceanic


Closing Ceremony (Awards & Summing Up)

Dr. Vajira H W Dissanayaka – President, HISSL

Keynote Speakers


Mr. Reshan Devapura

CEO, Information Communication
Technology Agency of Sri Lanka

Reshan Dewapura holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and a Masters in Project Management from the George Washington University, U.S.A. He has been in the ICT industry for the past 22 years with over 16 years experience in driving large, complex ICT programs and projects. He is also a Board Director at Sri Lanka CERT and the LK Domain Registry.

“Way forward for e-Health in Sri Lanka”


Mr. Artur W. Dubrawski

Director of the Auton Lab
Carnegie Mellon University

“I am interested in intelligent systems that work, are useful, and make economic sense, and in finding ways to effectively build and deploy them. My work is driven by real-world applications, currently in the areas of public health, food safety, nuclear safety and health of equipment. It involves researching new machine learning algorithms and data structures to facilitate probabilistic modeling, predictive analysis, interactive exploration, and understanding of data.”


Prof. Sundeep Sahay

Department of Informatics,
University of Oslo


“There may be a paradox which needs to be unraveled as we work towards supporting the national health reform agenda of decentralization of health information systems to support local action. The paradox is in understanding what role the central ministry should play in this regard. Because historically the role of the central ministry has been of “seeing like a state” which goes towards a centralist agenda of surveillance and control which runs contrary to the aim of decentralization and strengthening of local action. In this talk, based on experiences from India, we discuss what role the centre should play and what not in supporting the agenda of decentralization of health information systems.”

“Role of the central ministry in supporting decentralized health information systems”

Prof. Erle Lim Chuen Hian

National University Health System
National University of Singapore


“Escalating healthcare costs worldwide have produced a significant movement of patients into ambulatory care, and the consequent dearth of clinical teaching material. This deficiency has likewise prompted the creation of ambulatory teaching clinics and the use of standardized patients and simulators. In the last few decades, educators have utilized digital technology, for instance, digitally recorded heart and breath sounds, and digitized video vignettes, in medical education. In this talk, we examine the use of IT as an aid to effective teaching and assessment in medical education”

Harnessing the IT factor in Medical Education

Dr. Sunil Senanayake

Regional Adviser,
Health Situation and Trend Assessment,\
WHO/SEARO, New Delhi


“IT in Health Management”