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David Whitten

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Chief Technical Officer, WorldVistA <>

David is interested in Common Logic as a method to augment the Data Definitions of FileMan Files and Fields used to define VistA (a Hospital Information System created by the US Dept of Veterans Affairs) to include more semantic information and enhance the Clinical Decision Support systems used in patient care and research.

David Whitten is a VistA manager working at the Central Regional Hospital, under the State owned Hospitals, under the Dept. of Health and Human Services of the US State of North Carolina. For 18 years, He was a senior computer specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He has been working in Medical Informatics for over 35 years. He holds a masters degree in computer science with a focus on computational linguistics and has worked on knowledge bases and artificial intelligence. He has also worked for such employers as Houston's Methodist Hospital, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. In the artificial intelligence field, he has contributed to the IEEE Standard Upper Ontology working group, written the unofficial FAQ on the Cyc system, and founded the Public Domain Knowledge Bank. David Whitten is a longstanding member of the MUMPS Development Committee and was one of the founders of the OpenVistA project and WorldVistA.

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