No less a publication than The Economist has this to say about Open Source: ‘Can goodwill, aggregated over the internet, produce good medicine?…Pharmaceutical companies have little incentive to develop treatments for diseases that particularly afflict the poor, for example, since the people who need such treatments most may not be able to afford them.
Here’s about as good a summary as you can get of currently active Free and Open Source Software EHR/EMR projects courtesy of Dan Johnson, MD. Dr. Johnson is the author of the earliest known writings on Free and Open Source Software in medicine. He continues his activity in this area.
June 11, 2004,
Dear Dr. Rollow, Mr. Weir, and Mr Moy:
Thank you for speaking to me this week about DOQ-IT and open source
I went to visit Slashdot like I do every day and for a moment I thought I was at LinuxMedNews. No not because of the theme, but because of the first article I saw: Open Source for Biotechnology. Looks like our movement is getting noticed by the general FOSS community!
This link courtesy of Nancy Anthracite. E-MD’s is announcing that they may open-source their drug database by mid-July: ‘…The company is currently in discussions with major medical organizations and the Open Source Software Initiative (OSSI) regarding adoption and maintenance of the database. Depending on the outcomes of those discussions, e-MDs hopes to have the database generally available for download from e-MDs or a hosting entity by mid July. As currently planned, e-MDs’ staff of pharmacists will continue to maintain the database and validate new entries until such time as it is officially adopted by one of these sponsoring organizations…’ Then again, Drugref.org has had an effort like this for a substantial period of time.
Ok, guys, here you have it. Open source does not ruin the economy, it creates jobs! A notice to all open-source programmers: A Care2x service provider is looking for developers (its paid) to work on Care2x customizations. Please contact Emmanuel at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for a discussion.
iPath is a project to develop a general purpose telemedicine platform. The core functionality is the “iPath-Server” – an open source telemedicine server with an integrated web- and email-interface.
On top of the server, some specialised modules are also developed. The most important is a the microscope-controller, a combination of a client application for a remote workstation and a java applet which allow the remote control of a microscope over internet.