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HKSAR Government Collects Infectious Disease Information with XML and Hermes

Hong Kong SAR, Peoples Republic of China - 14 April 2005 - Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to announce the completion of the Notifiable Infectious Disease Information Messaging System (NIDIMS) project for Department of Health (DH), which is the health adviser of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and an executive arm in health legislation and policy.

Rapid transmission of infectious diseases like SARS and Meningitis as well as emerging diseases of Avian Flu pose a tremendous threat to our community. Special attention must be paid to the surveillance mechanism within HKSAR and between HKSAR and neighboring regions. As a result, DH invited CECID to set up a centralized and standardized disease surveillance system based on XML and ebXML technologies. The project involves designing a set of XML Schemas according to the W3C XML Schema Recommendation and the XML Schema Design and Management Guide (under the HKSARG Interoperability Framework). These resulting Schemas are the underlying architecture for information exchange on 28 regulatory infectious diseases. Another objective of the project is to develop a software application, the Notifiable Infectious Disease Information Messaging System (NIDIMS) that supports reliable and secure disease surveillance information collection. The messaging framework is based on ebXML Messaging Service version 2.0 (ebMS v2.0) specification developed under OASIS. The flagship products of CECID, ebMail and Hermes (free downloads at are deployed in the software for secure and reliable information exchange. This system not only brings enormous economic benefit to the Government and Hong Kong in terms of reducing communication lead time and data entry errors, but also improves the efficiency and effectiveness in communication between DH and other healthcare service providers.

Deliverables of the NIDIMS Project are deployed in Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection ( (CHP)'s central notification office (CNO) online reporting system to help CHP strengthen Hong Kong’s surveillance system and network for infectious diseases. The CHP's vision is to become a centre of excellence in disease prevention and control with the focus on epidemiology training, surveillance, risk communication, research, coordination and preparedness, and contingency planning.

About CECID (
Established in January 2002, Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID) at the University of Hong Kong conducts e-commerce research and development with the vision of helping organizations increase their competitiveness in the global economy. CECID develops e-commerce enabling technologies, participates in important international e-commerce initiatives, supports e-commerce standardization for Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific Region, and transfers e-commerce technology and skills to the community. With projects primarily funded by the Hong Kong Government's Innovation and Technology Commission, CECID is an active member of OASIS and the ebXML Asia Committee. The Center also collaborates with a number of lead technology users in the Asia-Pacific Region on turning R&D results into real-life business applications. CECID's contributions to the community include its code donation of Hermes and ebMail to freebXML ( and the production of an in-depth design and management guide on XML Schemas for the Hong Kong Government. CECID is currently developing a plug-and-play Internet appliance for secure and reliable transmission of electronic documents based on ebXML / Web Services.

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