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  Orthanc - Lightweight, RESTful DICOM Server for Medical Imaging In Hospitals
Medical Open Source Development Posted by Sebastien Jodogne on Wednesday January 07, @09:09AM
from the dept.
The amount of medical images that are generated, analyzed and exchanged by hospitals is dramatically increasing. Medical imaging is indeed the first step to the treatment of more and more illnesses, such as cancers or cardiovascular diseases.

In turn, the data management of clinical images and the administration of the computer network of a medical imaging department imply continuously growing technological challenges. Tasks such as autorouting between imaging modalities, exchanging data between clinical departments or hospitals, or anonymizing images are still hard to achieve in practice. This is a direct consequence of the lack of interoperability software that could bring technological independence to hospitals by creating low-cost gateways between proprietary ecosystems.

This medical context led in 2012 to the public release of Orthanc, an innovative free and open-source software to improve medical imaging flows in hospitals. Orthanc can turn any computer running Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, or Apple OS X into a DICOM store (in other words, a mini-PACS system). Its software architecture is lightweight and standalone, meaning that no complex database administration is required, nor the installation of third-party dependencies. Thanks to its REST API, to its plugin framework, and to its Lua scripting engine, Orthanc is primarily conceived as a versatile, robust building block to bring technological independence to clinical departments by automating their very specific imaging flows.

Homepage: http://www.orthanc-server.com/

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  OpenEMR 4.2.0 is released
OpenEMR Posted by Brady Miller on Sunday December 28, @10:45AM
from the dept.
The OpenEMR community has released version 4.2.0. This new version will be 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR. OpenEMR 4.2.0 has numerous new features including 26 language translations and Patient Form improvements such as E-signing. OpenEMR 4.2.0 can be downloaded from the OpenEMR Project website at www.open-emr.org . Thanks goes to the OpenEMR community for producing this release.
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  A Modest Interoperability Challenge
Interesting Developments Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Saturday October 25, @01:23PM
from the interoperability dept.

That's it. Just demographics. Copy and Paste.

Changed 10/27/2014: I'll make it even easier use the vCard standard. You don't even need to transmit them even though that would be okay. Mandate that every application generate an XML page with name, DOB, gender, address, phone that can be copied and pasted and interpreted correctly into every other medical application. Just works, nearly every time.

Surely these huge corporations and governments and lawyers and regulators with their millions and billions can manage just this one insignificant thing that is actually useful? Right? Right?

This is NOT CCR/CCD. Just demographics. No link required, no gold plating. I've settled on calling this the Dumb Demographics challenge or DUDE. DUD is an alternative. I strongly considered Simple Health Informatics Technology Demographics but expected that to be misinterpreted. I would like this to be implemented industry-wide by Christmas. This should take perhaps a day, let's just say a week of programmer time to implement this per program. If this cannot be managed then we all know what a wet kiss to proprietary vendors monopolies and what a complete shaft to everyone else ARRA is.

Positive attitude everyone!

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  Controlled Substance eRx Notes
Interesting Developments Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Thursday October 02, @02:59PM
from the eRx dept.
So I just went to eRx last week of controlled substances in Houston, Texas. I do not want triplicate paper, I do not like triplicate paper. The postal service has lost my refill shipment of tamper proof paper in the mail. This eRX does controlled substances.
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  3 Laws of Hospital Health Information Technology Implementation.
Humor Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Saturday February 22, @02:16PM
from the Humor dept.
3 Laws of Hospital Health Information Technology (HIT) Implementation.

1) Implementers and salespeople who don't know what they are doing will always get a binding, multi-year contract first.

2) Hospital management and owners will always do the wrong thing.

3) Everyone will grossly underestimate the time, difficulty, and expense it takes to fully implement Health IT in a hospital.

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  Call for participation "FLOSS village at Med-e-Tel 2014"
International/Europe Posted by Thomas Karopka on Monday January 20, @12:36PM
from the dept.
This is an invitation to demonstrate your Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) project or organization within a dedicated village at the Med-e-Tel 2014 conference (9-11 April, Luxembourg). Either join us in Luxembourg to represent your project/organization in person or otherwise you are welcome to send in an overview in the form of a poster that will be shown at the FLOSS village.
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  OpenEMR Free Hosting
OpenEMR Posted by CapMinds Technologies on Wednesday November 06, @10:20AM
from the EMR/HEalthcare dept.
OpenEMR intro
OpenEMR is ONC-ATB Ambulatory EHR 2011-2012 certified electronic medical records software with scheduling, prescription, billing and security modules. It's free open source software (FOSS), which makes it user customizable. It is installed either on a single machine acting as a web-server in an office or on a hosted server. Either way users access OpenEMR thru a web browser. Patient and visit information is stored in a database and accessible for reporting.
OpenEMR is a mature electronic health record system. It can track patient demographics, vitals, immunizations, medications, prescriptions, conditions, risk factors, visit clinical notes, and user specified variables. The real strengths of the program are its' affordability, extensive user and support base, translation features, CCHIT certification and ability for users to customize.

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  NHS Abandons £11bn IT system
International/Europe Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Tuesday October 29, @01:01PM
from the international/Europe dept.
NHS has abandoned its effort to create "the world's largest single civilian computer system linking all parts of the National Health Service"
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  Jamaica Ministry of Health adopts GNU Health
LinuxMedNews Posted by Luis Falcon on Monday September 30, @12:38AM
from the dept.

Original post with pictures in GNU Solidario's blog

Jamaica Ministry of Health chooses GNU Health

"If yu waa good, yu nose affi run"

"Success requires hard work" is the meaning of this Jamaican proverb. With a bright Caribbean sun and an even brighter welcoming crew, GNU Health unshipped in a new bay this week. In cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MoH), a group mission of GNU Solidario visited Jamaica and inaugurated officially the project of deploying GNU Health within their Public Health Care system.

The mission is in the context of the agreement signed between Jamaica Ministry of Health and GNU Solidario, to cooperate in the implementation of GNU Health, the Free Health and Hospital Information System in this country.

This step is a tipping point in health history, granted that Jamaica is the first country to embrace GNU Health nationwide. A herculean task, this implementation is demanding cross-sectoral integrations from all the regions of this country. Hence, not only the Permanent Secretary of the MoH, Dr. Jean Dixon, vouched for this undertaking, but Mr. Gary Campbell (Director, ICT; Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining) also extended his blessing while announcing the GOJ FOSS Migration project and how it will cooperate with the GNU Health enterprise as well.

Programmers, system administrators, physicians, nurses, health records staff, as well as other public officials gathered to participate in several meetings, workshops and focus groups. The MoH Health Informatics team itself had representatives from both the national and the regional levels, as well as Health Records, Clinical, IT and Management Personnel.

After an intense week, the initial guidelines for the project were designed in order to complete the first stage by the end of this year. Moreover, our GNU Solidario team visited the Slipe Pen Road Comprehensive Health Centre for incipient calculations and further extrapolations.

The path towards the national deployment has started, and both the local team at the Ministry of Health and GNU Solidario are optimistic and determined about fulfilling the roadmap and its expectations.
This initiative has generated a gratification that transcends the local jurisdiction, so that not only the Free Software community, but the whole world rejoice in this unprecedented milestone within Public Health Care.

Main IT crew that attended the workshops Jamaican MoH building in Kingston As stated at World Health Organization (WHO) Primary Health Care portal, "the ultimate goal of primary health care is better health for all".

WHO has identified five key elements to achieve that goal[1]:

  • reducing exclusion and social disparities in health;
  • organizing health services around people's needs and expectations ;
  • integrating health into all sectors; pursuing collaborative models of policy dialogue; and increasing stakeholder participation.
  • That is GNU Health objective : Universality in Health Care. eHealth for all !

    [1] The World Health Organization (WHO): Primary Health Care http://www.who.int/topics/primary_health_care/en/

    About GNU Health

    GNU Health is a Free Health and Hospital Information System that provides the following functionality:

  • Health Information System (Demographics, Epidemiology)
  • Hospital Information System
  • Electronic Medical Record
  • GNU Health won the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation, among other international awards.
    GNU Health is an official GNU Package , and is part of GNU Solidario, an NGO that delivers health with free software. GNU Solidario and the United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health have signed an agreement to implement and to train Health professionals GNU Health around the world.

    GNU Health was presented at the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Communication Union (ITU) session "ICT for Improving Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health" at the World Summit on the Information Society - WSIS 2013 Forum in Geneva.

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      Astronaut VistA 13.06 is Out
    Astronaut Posted by Ignacio Valdes, MD, MS on Sunday August 18, @01:26AM
    from the Astronaut dept.
    Lots of upgrades and bug fixes. Nearly everything has been refreshed. The latest GTM 6.0002, Fileman 22.2, WorldVistA/dEWDrop 5, tmg-cprs has bug fixes, the latest vitals .dll, treatment plans, improved template math, images in notes. The usual Astronaut goodness: ability to easily install and use arbitrary Linux distributions, migrate, backup, upgrade. Up to date EWD. Installation guide is here.
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