The nominees for the 2002 GNU/Linux Medical News
Software Achievement Award in alphabetic order
are as follows:
A very distinguished group. The full text
of each nomination is within. This award will be
presented at the November 2002
I hereby nominate Thomas Beale of the openEHR Foundation to receive
the 2002 LMN Achievement Award.
Over a period of many years Thomas has been steadfast in his pursuit
of the “future-proof” medical record application.
Thomas’ keen ability to always listen and always learn from others,
yet stay focused and not stray from his mission has this year
produced the openEHR Reference Model.
While this work in itself is significant, Thomas has also been very
busy working with other standards bodies to educate himself and them
on the differences and similarities among standards. His world
travels, quiet leadership and proof through publication puts Thomas
in the front of the queue in qualifying for this honor.
I want to nominate K.S. Bhaskar of Sanchez Computer Associates, who was directly responsible for convincing Sanchez to open
source G.TM MUMPS which in turn led to the porting of VistA to the full open source stack on Linux and the creation of WorldVistA. This in my
opinion is the most significant thing anyone in open source in health
care has done since we got the ball rolling 5 years ago.
I hereby nominate Brian Bray of Minoru Development to receive the
2002 LMN Achievement Award.
Brian’s initial contact with a selected group of open source
advocates and subsequent hosting of the Toronto Summit was the spark
that ignited collaboration which eventually gave birth to OSHCA.
His leadership at Minoru helped to secure funding from the European
Union for on going open source research projects such as PICNIC.
Daniel L. Johnson, MD
I nominate Dr. Daniel L. Johnson for the Second Annual Linux Medical
News Award. His steadfast commitment to Open Source in healthcare has been a
shining example of perseverance. His accomplishments include participating at some level in a great
percentage (if not all) of the OS healthcare projects. He has
presented open source at AMIA (in fact was the first to do so). He
has presented open source concepts to major medical institutions.
His quiet and humble demeanor belies his knowledge and leadership
I would like to propose a name for the 2002 Linux Medical News Achievement Award, which is more related to free software than strictly on Linux.
My proposal is for Wayne Rasband (email@example.com), Research Services Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, as author of ImageJ (http://rsb.info.nih.gov/ij/).
ImageJ is a medical image processing software developed
and put in the public domain (old-style definition, but
definitely valid) with source code included by Wayne Rasband.
The software is inspired by a previously created and carefully
maintained software named NIH-Image, which was
available for Macintosh and ported to Windows by
What I can personally add is that the software
is feature full and at a really professional level
making it compete with commercially available
software (in the $5000-$10000 range)…
In addition to the software,, Wayne
Rasband is taking care of the user community
through mailing lists and hosting.