OpenEMR HQ Announces OpenEMR Certification Program

Earlier today, in a weekly conference call with customers and consultants, OpenEMR HQ CEO Anthony Papillion formally announced the launch of the companies OpenEMR Certified Consultant and OpenEMR Gold Certified certification programs for individuals and companies wishing to demonstrate their knowledge of the OpenEMR medical records software product and offer their customers a guaranteed level of service.

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GNUmed Live CD 0.3.8 released

A new GNUmed live CD is out. With the help of this CD one can testdrive GNUmed without altering the currently running environment such as operating system. No installation neccessary.

Just download the CD image ( and either burn it to a CD or set up VirtualBox, Vmware/Vmplayer, QEmu or the likes to accept the CD image as a virtual CD drive.

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Sign up to host a health care community discussion over the holidays

Health care is a top priority for President-elect Obama, and he wants your help in reforming the system to provide quality, affordable health care for all Americans. That’s why this holiday season, we’re asking you to give us the gift of your ideas and input. Sign up to host a Health Care Community Discussion anytime from December 15th to 31st. We’ll provide all our hosts with special moderator kits that will give you everything you need to get the discussion going. And Senator Tom Daschle, the leader of the Transition’s Health Policy Team, will even choose one discussion to attend in person.

AMIA Free/Open Source White Paper

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Open Source Working Group has released its Free and Open Source White Paper with press release here: “…Even the most skeptical interpretation of the numbers presented on Free and Open Source deployments and patients shows that these systems are being used in sizable numbers,” said Ignacio Valdes, MD, MSc the primary author of the paper and chair of the AMIA Open Source Working Group. He continues, “This paper is for practitioners, CIO’s, IT staff, and policymakers making difficult health IT decisions with valid concerns about cost, ethics, interoperability, patient privacy, security and the future of their organizations in the hands of proprietary software. This white paper should be a must-read for every organization that uses or is contemplating the use of Electronic Medical Records.” Complete text of the press release after the break.

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European Comission Report on ICT standards in the health sector

The European Comission has published a report (PDF) entitled: ICT standards in the health sector: current situation and prospects. The report discusses Open Source as well as OpenEHR and difficulties of HL7: ‘…the RIM documentation is
described as being “disastrously unclear”, poorly integrated with HL7 v3.0 documentation,
and inconsistent.

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