The following is the unedited text of an email from Malaysian delegate Dr Badrulhisham Bahadzor in response to questions about how the mentoring experience went, and what he felt the affiliate had gained from participating in the January '07 WGM.
"I would like to wish my most sincere appreciation to those who made it possible for us, the Malaysian delegates to be there for the HL7 Working Group meeting in San Diego.
The meeting marked a significant step towards the establishment of our local HL7 chapter. We were introduced to some of the key figures and experts within the HL7 international community and had useful discussions with them on some HL7 issues which were not very clear to us. The meeting was definitely "an eye opener".
The interest to establish our local chapter has gained a lot of momentum ever since we came back. We are currently conducting a membership drive and the response has been encouraging. We also hope to organize an educational seminar on HL7 before the end of this year and kick start a pilot project on Discharge Summary based on CDA.
It is going to be a busy and exciting year to all of us."