Recent Developments of the SLMA
Over the last two decades the SLMA has gracefully grown into a leading national body that connects medical professionals across the island with a massive web and social media presence. Given below are the key events that transpired as a result of the pioneering efforts of those key members that have now formed a strong foundation for the Association to move forward into a new era.
Establishment of the SLMA Medical Informatics Subcommittee
This was established in January 1997, with Prof. Shyam Fernando as the chairperson, Prof. Senaka Rajapaksa as convener and Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake as Editor – Mediinfo.
Launch of the Ceylon Medical Journal website
This designed and launched by Prof. Shyam Fernando, it was later incorporated into the SLMA website by Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake and maintained until the CMJ was transferred to the Sri Lanka Journals Online platform in 2010 http://www.sljol.info/index.php/CMJ
Launching of the SLMA website
The SLMA website was designed and launch by Prof. Shyam Fernando, later it was expanded and maintained by Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake until 2012.
The first electronic newsletter of the SLMA – mediinfo
It was published in April 1997. It was Sri Lanka’s first Electronic Medical Informatics News Letter. It can still be accessed at http://www.infolanka.com/org/mediinfo/
The website of the Sri Lanka Clinical Trails Registry was launched in 2006 when the SLCTR was established by the SLMA.
Re-launch of SLMA website
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Deepal Wijesooriya:
This site was redesigned and was the first mobile responsive website for a professional medical association in Sri Lanka, being viewable on mobile phone and desktop alike.
Launch of SLMA corporate website
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Rikaz Sheriff: This site (www.slma2012.com) was a dedicated site for SLMA events for 2012.
Launch of SLMA Email List
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Rikaz Sheriff: This was the initial launch of the SLMA email list. The list was largely a combination of emails from all major medical associations in Sri Lanka.
Launch of online abstract submission system (Version 1)
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Rikaz Sheriff:
The abstract system allowed the collection of abstracts online and was the first major implementation of its kind receiving over 400 abstracts.
Launch of online registration and payment gateway for annual scientific sessions
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Rikaz Sheriff
Launch of SLMA online library on ISSUU
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Prasad Ranatunga:
The online library served the purpose of allowing members and health professionals to view national guidelines and articles.
Launch of SLMA social media platforms
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Deepal Wijesooriya, Dr Prasad Ranatunga, Dr Rikaz Sheriff:
The SLMA launched its official Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & LinkedIn pages with the objectives of interacting with medical professionals and public. It also included a SMS service via Twitter.
Launch of DocCall
By Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Lasantha Malwige, Dr Nishan Siriwardena, Dr Prasad Ranatunga, Dr Mohamed Ajwath, Dr Manoj Kannangara, Dr Manjula Dharmawardana, Dr Praveen De Silva, Dr Mayura Yapa
Launch of the health information service
By Dr Deepal Jayamanne and Dr Ibrahim Siraj
The SLMA became the first medical association to launch a health information service in partnership with Mobitel. The service allowed users to ask questions about basic health problems via telephone.
Launch of SLMA Bulletin Service
By Dr BJC Perera, Dr Samanmali Sumanasena, Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr BJC Perera, Dr Rikaz Sheriff: This was the next evolution of the SLMA Email List from sending single emails to a bi-weekly digest. The bulletin was linked to analytical software and social media for objective and cohesive news dissemination.
Live telecast of SLMA Lecture via UStream
By Dr BJC Perera, Dr Samanmali Sumanasena, Dr Rikaz Sheriff:
This was the first telecast of a live SLMA event.
The online abstract submission system of SLMA
By Dr BJC Perera, Dr Samanmali Sumanasena, Dr. Deepal Wijesooriya
The 2nd version of the abstract system drastically improved the abstract submission and review process. Over 275 abstract were submitted for the Annual Congress in 2013 alone.
By Dr BJC Perera, Dr Samanmali Sumanasena, Dr Gumindu Kulatunga, Dr Rikaz Sheriff:
Signing of agreement for pilot of an eLearning System in partnership with Dialog. The system would allow a virtual classroom for doctors online.
E-Poster for SLMA Annual Scientific Sessions
By Dr Palitha Abeykoon, Dr Indika Karunathilake, Dr. Romain Perera, Dr. Dinesha Jayasinghe, Dr. Chiranthi Liyanage, Dr Ruvaiz Haniffa
All posters were accepted via email and displayed at the congress via digital TV.
Live Telecast and Recording of SLMA Annual Scientific Sessions
By Dr Palitha Abeykoon and Dr Ruvaiz Haniffa:
The entire scientific congress of 2014 was recorded and some meetings were streamed live
Digital Information Kiosk
By Dr Palitha Abeykoon, Dr Ruvaiz Haniffa, Dr Rikaz Sheriff:
An interactive digital kiosk was launched in partnership with Sri Lanka Medical Library supported by GSK. It houses vital updates of the SLMA and library information located near the Sri Lanka Medical Library.
Launch of SLMA Bulletin System
By Dr Palitha Abeykoon, Dr Ruvaiz Haniffa, Prof Jennifer Perera, Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr BJC Perera, Dr Rikaz Sheriff:
The bulletin further evolved into a total email and subscriber solution hosted on Mailchimp.
SLMA & Mobitel win eSwabhimani award for DocCall
Redesign and Update of the SLMA Website
By Dr Chiranthi Liyanage, Dr Rikaz Sheriff, Dr. Priyanga Ranasinghe and Prof. Jennifer Perera
Online Abstract Submission System
By Dr Chiranthi Liyanage, Dr Padma Gunarathne, Dr. Priyanga Ranasinghe and Prof. Jennifer Perera
Online Payment Gateway for the Congress Registrants and Members
By Dr Chiranthi Liyanage, Dr Kalyani Guruge and Prof. Jennifer Perera
New Co-operate Plan was Launched for 2015 – 2020
By Dr Sumithra Thisera and Prof. Jennifer Perera
Recruitment of a Full Time IT Executive
By SLMA Council – 2015
Updating eBulletin Subscription Services
By Dr Ranil Jayawardene, Prof. Jennifer Perera and Mr. Tharindu Ranatunga
Converting eBulletin Service to a Self Sustainable and Revenue Generation Service Through Co-operate Advertising
By Dr Ranil Jayawardene, Prof. Jennifer Perera and Mr. Tharindu Ranatunga
Renovated and refurbished SLMA office, front lobby, stair way up to the auditorium of the Wijerama House.
By Dr Iyanthi Abeyewickereme, Prof Vajira Dissanayake, Dr Samanthi De Silva
The SLMA corporate video developed.
By Dr Samanthi De Silva, Dr Manisha Abeyewickereme
Memorandum Of Understanding signed with the Chinese Medical Association.
By Dr Iyanthi Abeyewickereme, Prof Vajira Dissanayake
Successfully lobbied with the Ministry of Health to increase the annual allocation by five fold.
By Dr Iyanthi Abeyewickereme
History of Medicine Volume II – all contributions to Volume II have been received and editing in process. The book will be printed in January 2017.
By Dr Iyanthi Abeyewickereme, Dr Palitha Abeyekoon, Dr Lakshman Karalliaedde, Dr Philip Veerasingham
SLMA proposal to include Health as a fundamental right was included in the draft new constitution.
By Dr Saroj Jayasinghe, Dr Iyanthi Abeyewickereme
Road Map To End AIDS in Sri Lanka Before 2030 – developed and published.
By Dr Iyanthi Abeyewickereme, Dr G. Weerasinghe, Dr N. Punchihewa