Open Healthcare Framework – Eclipse states: ‘The goal of the Open Healthcare Framework (OHF) is to extend the Eclipse Platform to create an open-source framework for building interoperable, extensible healthcare systems.’

We also intend to develop a complementary set of exemplary tools. OHF will enable software providers and integrators to cost-effectively create customized offerings for healthcare delivery organizations that comply with government regulations and industry standards…’

Via The Healthcare IT Guy

45,000 Free Patents from IBM

IBM has 45,000 patents for open source vendors to use in the development of their projects.
More via The Connectologist: ‘…IBM officials said the move is an effort to spur interoperability between software systems, which could help hospitals and schools better integrate patient and student records. Interoperable standards have been stymied because developers can’t use technology based on patents held by companies invested in proprietary systems, said Sean C. Rush, general manager of the IBM Global Education Industry unit in Waltham…’

ClearHealth Version 1.0 RC2 Update

After a long testing and packaging cycle RC2 is finally available. This release includes numerous fixes, enhancements and entirely new features. Some of these highlights include comprehensive billing support (CA Medicare and CA Medicaid tested/certified), graphical installer and performance improvements. You can download RC2 from the main page on or read more release details in the body of this post

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Open Source Orgs Invited to Fourth Annual SoCal Linux Expo

Open Source Orgs Invited to Fourth Annual SoCal Linux Expo

SCALE is inviting all Open Source organizations to participate in SCALE 4x, the fourth annual Southern California Linux Expo.

Looking for an effective way to tell your product story and demonstrate its latest features to both new users as well as Linux veterans? Join other prestigious members of the Open Source community as they combine forces at the preeminent Linux exposition in the West. The fourth annual Southern California Linux Expo brings together businesses, academic institutions and the Linux community in Los Angeles on February 11-12, 2006.

KDE, MythTV, NetBSD, Debian and other organizations will be making their presence known alongside with corporate sponsors such as IBM. Meet the users and the industry influencers; get your name and your product front and center with a receptive and informed audience.

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Fighting Aids with PDAs

Wired has an article on the use of PDAs to battle HIV in the field. From the article: The technology is similar to “blending digital camera technology with the brains of a Palm Pilot,” says Dr. Bruce Walker, director of AIDS research at Harvard Medical School. Walker is part of a team of scientists at Harvard and the University of Texas at Austin who developed the sensor system. In tests, it has detected the amount of CD4 cells in the blood in as little as 10 minutes. The CD4 count indicates the stage of HIV in a patient, and helps doctors determine the best treatment and how much of it to administer.’

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FreeMED 0.8.1 Released

The FreeMED Software Foundation is proud to announce the immediate availability of FreeMED version 0.8.1, which is available for download on sourceforge.

    New features include:

  • Integrated PEAR and phpwebtools for ease of installation
  • New Quest Diagnostics HL7 lab interface for integrated results
  • Support for FQHC sliding scale system
  • Secure data warehousing architecture added
  • Initial French internationalization/translation added
  • Improved query maker support
  • Support for labs and results
  • New pluggable authentication system
  • Improved messaging system

More information is available below.

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Legacy migration in Medical software?

As each animal has its own lifetime, so does computer software. The best software today will be obsolete tomorrow because medical environment will change across the age. Even though, legacy systems (ancient language and programming environment) can have good performance, they usually cost more than an open system. Legacy migration is a difficult problem not only in medical field, but also in other fields. There are many successful cases of migration, but also many that have failed. What are your thoughts about “Legacy Migration”?

The Japan Medical Associateion promotes development of a medical accounting system as open source software project(ORCA). Because the system is constructed mainly in COBOL and has a legacy transaction system, there is much impedance around it in computer language, thought in developement, and age. It is the subject of frequent discussions among us. It is not easy to get COBOL programmers year by year. We will have to re-write all the system in near future.