MedBiquitous January 2010 Newsletter


  1. Full conference agenda available
  2. Virtual Patient spec goes to ballot
  3. REST Guidelines Available
  4. Web Services Testing Forum
  5. Membership Update
  6. New Year's greeting

Full conference agenda available

The full agenda of the MedBiquitous Annual Conference and 2nd International Conference on Virtual Patients is now available. Read descriptions of the preconference workshops on virtual patient case collections, social networking, and the MedBiquitous orientation. Check out the plenary speakers and unconferences. Read the abstracts for innovation demonstrations and panel sessions, including:

  • Virtual Patients in Virtual Worlds
  • Verse: Workflows For Simulation And Virtual World Telemetry And Control
  • Estimation Of Time And Efforts For Repurposing Virtual Patients - Experiences From The Electronic Virtual Patient Project (eViP)
  • Student E-learning Initiative: Students As Educators And Partners In The Delivery Of Undergraduate Medical Education

This conference gives participants the opportunity to learn how virtual patients, e-learning resources, social networking and Web 2.0 can advance health education and assessment. The conference brings together a unique mix of educational and technology leaders in health education and provides opportunity for seeing the latest innovations, discussing new pedagogical and technical approaches, hearing from esteemed leaders in the field, and networking with colleagues. Register online now!

Virtual Patient spec goes to ballot

The MedBiquitous Virtual Patient (MVP) specification is now in ballot within the MedBiquitous Standards Committee. Virtual Patients are interactive computer programs that simulate real life clinical scenarios for educational purposes. The MVP makes it possible to share virtual patient cases among different virtual patient systems. The ballot closes February 25. Specifications and schemas are available to the public at no cost.

REST Guidelines Available

The MedBiquitous Technical Steering Committee has released new guidelines for those developing Representational State Transfer (REST) Web Services. REST is an abstraction of the architecture commonly used by websites: a Web resource has a URL, and accessing this URL returns a representation of the resource, such as a web page. The ATOM Publishing Protocol is an example of a “RESTful” Web service. The document is designed for newcomers to REST and addresses many common questions related to the implementation of MedBiquitous standards in a RESTful manner. Read the guidelines.

Web Services Testing Forum

For those interested in testing their Web services with industry tools, take a look at the Web Services Testing Forum (WSTF). The WSTF is an open and free community where developers and customers can perform interoperability testing and discuss issues surrounding the application of Web Service-based technologies. Web Services are machine-to-machine communications using HTTP, REST, SOAP or any other internet focused technology. The WSTF aims to provide:

  • A shared/public testbed of regression test that the community can use during the development of their Web Service implementations
  • A forum to discuss any interoperability issues that might arise from this testing
  • A forum to discuss questions arising from the use of the technology - in particular, in real customer driven scenarios

Membership Update

MedBiquitous is pleased to welcome the American College of Cardiology as a new member. The College's mission is to advocate for quality cardiovascular care — through education, research promotion, development and application of standards and guidelines — and to influence health care policy.

New Year's greeting

The New Year allows us to reflect on the accomplishments of the past and plan for even greater things in the coming year. Thank you for your contributions to advancing healthcare education through common technology standards. We look forward to continuing to work with you to find shared solutions to our common problems.

Best wishes to all from the MedBiquitous staff,
Peter, Valerie, Jody, and Cate