Your Data or Your Life

Your daughter has just been in a car crash. She falls unconscious on her way to the hospital, but not before she is able to tell the paramedics the name of her doctor. This is vitally important because the emergency room won�t know that she�s an insulin-dependent diabetic with a penicillin allergy, but her doctor will be able to give them her relevant medical history. Or, at least he would be if he�d renewed the tech support contract on his medical records software. He didn�t, though, and now his information�and your daughter�s�is locked away in a proprietary database he can�t access.

From Free Software Magazine

Also see this article:
“Multiple Doctors Cut Off from Records by Dr. Notes”
South Florida Business Journal.

A Proprietary “Car”tionary Tale

Cars become inaccessible in an automatic parking garage when contract dispute takes an ugly turn. After escorting attendants out of the garage, the city finds they are unable to operate the garage robots without violating I.P. A policy expert suggests law to address “cases of vital infrastructure, like hospitals…an overly restrictive license might not hold up in court.”
The article Giant Robot Imprisons Parked Cars can be found on Wired.

HITS: Bill to Unify VA and DOD EHR

Health IT Strategist is reporting that a bill has been introduced to congress to unify the DOD and Veterans Affairs EMR/EHR software systems: ‘…Joseph Dal Molin – a director of the not-for-profit WorldVistA, which promotes the use of open source VistA software – said that if the DOD used VistA “[i]t would lower software costs for both organizations.” He added that if the DOD adopted the VA’s EHR architecture, both organizations would benefit from individual and joint development efforts…’

Wash. Times: Bill Frist Weighs in on EMR’s, VistA

Senate majority leader Bill Frist in the Washington Times has weighed in on the subject of electronic medical records in general and VistA in particular: ‘…The Veterans Affairs Department hospital system — once widely loathed — has almost entirely turned itself around, thanks largely to a well designed computer system called Vista. When the New England Journal of Medicine used 11 measures to compare VA patients with Medicare patients treated on a fee-for-service basis, the VA’s patients were in better health and received more appropriate treatment, though Medicare-paid care, on average, actually costs more than services from VA hospitals…For more than 20 years, the private sector has tried to set standards to make these records interchangeable, interoperable and fully privacy protected. Efforts have never succeeded…’

Free Medical Records Management software that really works? It’s eleMental!

Portland, Oregon-based technology company OpenSourcery is rapidly gaining substantial recognition for its quality open source development work. On August 15, 2006 OpenSourcery will unveil its eleMental Clinic 3.4, a free medical records management system, to an international audience at Linux World. Currently in active use across multiple mental health clinic sites, this notably stable system was designed to keep large and small clinics productive.

This year’s Linux World, a renowned open source software conference, is featuring a �Health Care Day� for the first time, using the tag line: �Opening Up Healthcare – How Open Source Software, Standards and Solutions are Changing the Healthcare Industry.� Health Care Day will take place this month in San Francisco featuring Brian Jamison, CEO of OpenSourcery.

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Care2x version 2.2 released

Care2x is an open source web-based hospital information system (HIS).
The development of Care2x started back in 2002 by Elpidio Latorilla.
The software is released under the GNU General Public License.

The latest version 2.2 is maintenance release. The most noticeable things it features are:

  • New graphical installer (based on MirrorMed’s installer).
  • MySQL 5 support.
  • Main menu visibility according to the user’s permissions.
  • Improved Arabian and Italian translations.
  • Improved Turkish ICD10.

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Medsphere sues the Shreeves over sourceforge release

Health IT Strategist Modern Healthcare’s daily IT newsletter, revealed that Medsphere is suing the Shreeve brothers
From the article:

A $50 million, 12-count lawsuit charging misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, commission of computer crimes, intentional interference with contract relations, unfair competition and other complaints has been filed by Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based Medsphere Systems Corp. against the company’s co-founders, brothers Steve and Scott Shreeve.

The suit seems to be over some code deposited on sourceforge against the companies wishes…

Steve Shreeve announced that Jumps and Kickstand source codes were freely available on, which “came as an unwelcome and startling surprise” to Kizer and other Medsphere executives.

Fred Trotter