F/OSS and MIE2005

The IMIA Open Source Working Group is exploring the idea of a working conference and/or F/OSS ‘summit’ to be held in conjunction with MIE2005 in Geneva 28 August – 1 September 2005. We would probably be looking at approx. 2-3 Sept. for the meeting. See the main body (below) for encouragement to submit for MIE2005.
If you would be interested, in principle, in attending such a meeting, please let me know – on peter.j.murray@btinternet.com The structure is very fluid at present – we want to know if it is worth putting in the effort to organise.

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FreeMED 0.7.1 released with Next Generation Billing Engine “REMITT”

The new release of FreeMED, version 0.7.1, is available on sourceforge.net today. With its release is the release of a standalone billing package called “REMITT®“, which hopes to revolutionize electronic medical billing. Please read below for the press release and download links.

FreeMED Software Foundation, Inc.


October 18, 2004 – No. Windham, CT

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Brazilian government finances development of open source HIS

Approximately 60 thousand US dollars awarded for open source Care2x. This milestone for Care2x acceptance in Brazil was made by a federal supporting agency called FINEP of the brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). The financial support was awarded to the Institute for Scientific and Technological Research (IPCT) of a large southern brazilian university PUCRS in partnership with the Alfamais.com group. The university research department is being directed by Professor Dario Azevedo while the Alfamais group is composed of former university professors and e-learning consultants.

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Italian hospital uses open source HIS

The italian hospital Policlinico Umberto I di Roma Dipartimento Malattie infettive (department of infectious diseases) has started to use an open source HIS. The installation was done by the MFH company under the management of Marco Fiorletta.

For verifications , pls. contact:

Marco Fiorletta
Via di Campo Romano 30, 00173, Roma
+39-067230668 (r.a.)
[fiorletta at mfh.it]

HHS Awards $139 Million for HIT Adoption

AHRQ is announcing that HHS has awarded $139 million for grants and contracts that further Health Information Technology (HIT) adoption. Read on for the full press release. Information on the specific projects awarded can be found at http://www.ahrq.gov/research/hitfact.htm


Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004 (301) 427-1862

(301) 427-1857

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OpenEMR and Open Source Featured at AAFP Web Site

OpenEMR, Linux Medical News and other open source resources are featured on the American Academy of Family Physician’s, Center for Health Information Technology web site. The AAFP Center for Health Information Technology lists OpenEMR and other open source solutions under the EHR Resources section. The AAFP allows reviews by AAFP members of these open source practice management applications, and users of open source systems that are AAFP members are encouraged to contribute.

IT Conversations: Timothy Cook

Timothy Cook of TORCH, Linux Medical News Achievement Award and now chair of the AMIA OS-WG fame was recently interviewed here. ‘…Health care, particularly primary care, stands to gain much from adopting open source software. At Medinfo 2004, Scott Mace talked with Timothy Cook, chair of the Open Source Working Group of the American Medical Informatics Associaton (AMIA). Listen to Tim discuss the areas where open source will be adopted fastest, a recent award-willing project, open-source knowledge bases, why security and privacy concerns are red herrings, open source implementations of HL7 standards, record exchange efforts, and other interoperability concerns…’