AMA-News: Medical Imaging on iPods using Open Source

‘AMNews interviewed Osman Ratib, MD, PhD, professor and vice chair of radiologic services at the University of California, Los Angeles, about the unconventional use of iPod, the hot-selling digital music player from Apple Computer, and the OsiriX software program that makes the medical application happen. The software, which Dr. Antoine Rosset, a radiologist in Switzerland, wrote while on a research fellowship working with Dr. Ratib, is open-source software. It can be downloaded and used for free. The source code is available to any software programmer who wants to use it to develop additional applications…’ Dr. Ratib has also put medical records on DVD players. According to Dr. Ratib, DVD players have just enough functionality to allow a simple, menu-driven record for patient use.

OpenVistA VivA FOIA Gold 0.2 Available

OpenVistA VivA FOIA Gold combines Knoppix 3.7 (, the state of the art in Linux live CDs with GT.M V5.0-FT01 ( and, the open source (GPL) release on Linux of the most widely used MUMPS in banking and finance and the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ proven VistA hospital information software as released on November 26, 2004 under the Freedom of Information Act ( is a good starting place for VistA).

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FreeB 2.0 Draft API Specification Available For Review

Following up on the recent news release regarding Uversa’s position as the new project maintainer of FreeBilling (FreeB) we are now releasing a draft API specification of version 2.0 for public comment and review. Read on for details and how to comment.

The new specification accomplishes much of what the original release of FreeB intended, simplicity, extensibility and low barrier to entry. The phpDoc API documentation can be reveiwed on this page, Draft FreeB 2.0 API Specification.

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Southern California Linux Expo this Weekend

SCALE 3x will be held this weekend in Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. Speakers include Kevin Foreman (Real Networks), Jon Hall (Linux International), Larry McVoy (CEO BitMover), Marc Hamilton (Sun) & 30 other sessions. In addtion to the talks there will be over 40 exhibitors including IBM & Novell. IBM will demo the new OpenPower 710. If you’re in LA drop by on 2/12-2/13. There will also be a dinner and GPG Key Signing party. For a free exhibit hall pass register with the promo code “FREE” or a discounted full access pass with “NEWSP”.

PR: OpenEMR at Third Annual Southern California Linux Exposition

OpenEMR will be presented at the Third Annual Southern California Linux Exposition by Walt Pennington.

When: Sunday, February 13, 2005 from 1:30-2:30 pm

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California 90015

Who: Walt Pennington of Pennington Firm, LLC

Other speakers at the Third Annual Southern California Linux Exposition include:

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6th Annual Libre Software Meeting July 5-9 Call for Papers

Announcing the LSM 2005 Libre Software Meeting for Medicine 6th International Conference, July 5-9, 2005, at Dijon, France CALL FOR PAPERS. ‘LSM is the annual international meeting of experts (prividers and users) on new developments in free software medical systems (open source) and their applications. An important objective of the LSM/2005 is to open contacts between people from different domains mainly IT (Information Technology) and Medicine. This conference concentrates on advances in Application of Informatics in Healthcare, which implies a lot of challenges, as the value (the qualitative and economic implications) given by the expansion of health care information exchange and interoperability to the flow of clinical and other administrative data, and its importance for encouraging health care IT investment and facilitating health care reform. We wish to address the lack of real-world implementation of interoperable systems in health care. Seamless integration of local and remote records, is far more likely to offer clinicians the integrated information they need for providing optimal care. Doctors (MD), informaticians, decision makers, policy makers, etc are kindly invitited to participate to this European conference dedicated to free software for medicine mainly addresing the value of health care information exchange and interoperability.’ For further details contact Abstract submissions to