P2P collaboration project among medical institutes

We often collaborate with other medical specialists out of necessity. Some medical collaboration systems have been developed. They typically are constructed in a client/server model way. The server is administrated by a center hospital and the sattelite connects to the server. But in this model, we cannot collaborate with the other center hospital. We are enclosed by its network. So we have been developping the P2P collaboration tool for medical staff and get beyond the barrier. This project named MeGA-Net(Medical Grid Alliance Network) is supported by a grant under the under the Exploratory Software Project FY2003(IPA, Japan). This software has been opened under BSD liscence. You can view the CVS repository here.

Open source software council kick-off meeting in Japan

We will have a kick-off meeting of Medical Open Source Software Council on April 17, 2004 in Fukuoka, Japan. 60 people applied the meeting. They are increasingly willing to disscus open source software and its applications in clinical informatics.

More information is here.
The table of contents is Japanese. Broken english version of it is shown below.
1)Review about development of medical open source software and its problem (KOBAYASHI, Shinji)
2)Open source software license(HATTA, Masayuki)
3)The ORCA project, open source clinical accounting system.(UENO, Tomoaki)
4)CLAIM implementation by Java and connect to ORCA.(NAKAYAMA, Hiroo)
5)The developement of clinical account stastitics system by Struts and Java. (MINENO, Takafumi)
6)The developement of clinical statistics and reporting system by COBOL (KUSUMOTO, Yoshiki)
7)ORCA for Vine Linux, Glclient for Win32 (KATOH, Tomohiro)

Open source at medinfo2004

Members of the AMIA OSWG, IMIA OSWG and IMIA-NI OSNI WG are involved in several presentations at medinfo2004 (www.medinfo2004.org) in San Francisco in September.

There will be:
– a workshop ‘Open Source and Nursing Informatics: What are the Priorities’ on Thursday, 9 September, 19.30 – 22.00
– a tutorial ‘Open Source and Free Software: the Potential for Applying Open Source Solutions to Health Informatics Problems in Education, Research and Practice’ on Tuesday, 7 September, 13.00 – 16.30
– a joint IMIA Open Source Health Informatics Working Group, IMIA Nursing Informatics Special Interest Group Open Source Working Group and AMIA Open Source Working Group Business Meeting Wednesday 8 SDeptember, 15:30 – 18:30
– AMIA Open Source Working Group Special Inaugural Presentation Friday 10 September, 11:30 – 13:00

The programme also lists 16 other open source papers, posters, tutorials and demos.

Peter J. Murray, Chair IMIA-NI OSNI WG

LiveOIO-1.0.9 with Advanced Form Controls and Data Import

With special thanks to Richard Wang and Marcus Lopes who have worked diligently over the past 4 months, we are pleased to share OIO-1.0.9 with
all of you.
This is an upgrade release of the Open Infrastructure for Outcomes (OIO) server software, packaged on a remastered Knoppix 3.3 2004/02/16. This release contains both new features and bug fix.
Screenshots below are taken from the LiveOIO CD. Simply boot up and click on the “LiveOIO” bookmark.

MedZilla: Windows Use ‘Rapidly Diminishing’ In Biotech

An article on eMediaWire discusses a groundswell of change from Windows to Linux among Biotech: �We�re gradually making the change for a variety of reasons. Reliability is a big issue: we have to be accessible to our clients (job candidates and recruiters) 24-7,� says Frank Heasley, PhD, president and CEO of MedZilla.com, a leading Internet recruitment and professional community that serves biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and science. �Although we continue to use Windows for some applications, that is rapidly diminishing, and we are slowly converting our desktops to Linux.� The website: MedZilla.com is a new one to me.