(Health One, Executive Director)
...Alain MaskensWhile born and living in Brussels, Alain Maskens is currently the Chief Scientific Officer of HEALTHone Global Ltd (London, UK).A Louvain (Belgium) and Boston trained internist and medical oncologist, he obtained a Ph. D. in experimental cancer research in 1982.He
practiced medical oncology in Belgium for several years, while pursuing part-time research activities in preventative oncology.
Alain's research activity acquainted him early with the use of computers, and led him to create, in 1985, the first version of Health One, one of the first examples of PC-based health record software.In 1986, he was co-founder of Health Data Management Partners s.a. (Brussels) (HDMP), within which the development and marketing of Health One for the Belgian market has been continued to the present day.
At HDMP Alain participated in the creation of the international research consortium which won the invitation to tender of the European Community for the development of a widely applicable data architecture for electronic healthcare records (The Good European Health Record project, 1992-1995).His
research effort was mainly directed towards the portability of the individual health record. After the takeover of HDMP by SmithKline Beecham (1996/1997), Alain continued a career of independent consultant in medical informatics and remained active in the CEN working group on the standard architecture for communication of healthcare records.
In 2004, Alain Maskens
cooperated in the creation of Health One Global, a Company now responsible for the development and distribution of HEALTHone based electronic healthcare record solutions at the international level.
Discussion: Ilias Iakovidis, Georges De Moor, Dennis Niebergal (Canada), Kees Smedema (COCIR, The Netherlands), Jean FranÃ§ois Penciolelli (ORACLE, France), Alain Maskens
(Health One, Belgium), Bernd Blobel (ProRec, Germany), Ian Reinecke (Australia) and Chris Nolan, moderator (ProRec, Ireland)