VistA Now in Spanish

Nancy Anthracite on the Hardhats groups writes: ‘…I have the translated CPRS from David Fonseca Sanchez . He said that since he does not have a medical background, he would appreciate feedback on the translation as well as how well it works. You can download it from two places at the moment [here and here]. Eventually it will be only on the second server.’

1st WorldVistA Training Filling Up Fast

WorldVistA is offering some VistA Office EHR (VOE) training at the 1st WorldVistA Education Conference and Seminar.

The early bird registration rates will be expiring on Feb 17, as will the special hotel rates.

Further, the list of topics and presenters is now available. The presenters include some of the top Free and Open Source luminaries in the VistA community.

This is the only place to learn about the new Open Source Clinical EHR that has been featured in the New York Times

OpenEMR forked?

Apparently PossiblityForge has decided to borrow the OpenEMR name. PossiblityForge now owns At the recent SCALE Open Source HealthCare Summit Matthew Excell, CEO of PossibilityForge announced that, amoung other things, OpenEMR was moving to Java. This surprised me as uncharacteristic of the OpenEMR community and the previous OpenEMR direction.

Everything became clear when I contacted the OpenEMR community through here is part of the response I got back.

The PossibilityForge has created a new product that they want to market using the the OpenEMR name. The current OpenEMR project at SourceForge has no intention of moving to Java….What PossibilityForge plans to release is not �the next version� of OpenEMR but a separate product that is being developed behind closed doors with no attempt at openess.

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GNUmed releases

GNUmed version has been polished and released !
For the impatient: Go grab your copy at
Next to bug fixes and code cleanup this release has a nice selection of new features as well …

We need testers. Let us know if it works for you.
The GNUmed team worked hard to release yet another stable version.
As features are being added more and more success stories of happy users reach us.
For this version patient consultation management has been reworked and stabilized. New features include document import via an XSane interface, better episode management, the ability to export documents from the archive to storage media, drag and drop of files onto GNUmed for even easier archival, DICOM viewer integration, a webbrowser link to medical information on the web, a custom database backup script, a stage 2 link to the ifap index drug database as well as a framework for custom script hooks.

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SCALE 5x – Open Source Conferences in Los Angeles This Week

SCALE 5x, the 2007 Southern California Linux Expo will be held in Los Angeles, CA this weeken On Feb 9-11, 2007. It will include: 50+ seminars, 70+ exhibitors, BoFs, and more. Highlighted speakers will include Chris Dibona, Don Marti, Ted Haeger, Jono Bacon, and others. Exhibitors include: Dell, IBM, Verio, Redhat, GroundWork Open Source, ReactOS, Haiku OS, and PostgreSQL. One lucky attendee will win a Dual Xeon 1U Rackmount Server from Silicon Mechanics. Two other conference to be held on Friday Feb 9th include: Women In Open Source, and Open Source Health Care Summit.

IW: OpenVistA� ‘On The Bubble’

Information Week has an article
entitled: ‘How To Tell The Open Source Winners From The Losers’ and prominently features Medsphere’s OpenVistA� as being ‘on the bubble’ and some factual errors regarding the troubled software: ‘…OpenVista was posted on SourceForge on June 6. It wasn’t a big surprise; the posting had been promised several times by Medsphere, a company founded to commercialize OpenVista. But things unraveled quickly. Within four months, Medsphere sued co-founder and CTO Steve Shreeve, who was responsible for the posting. In a complaint filed in Superior Court of Orange County, Calif., Medsphere charged that Shreeve and his older brother, Scott, Medsphere’s chief medical officer at the time, had breached their fiduciary duty as directors, violated confidentiality agreements, and caused the company to suffer $50 million in damages. CEO Ken Kizer and board members contend that the Shreeves should have held a meeting before posting OpenVista to review what code would be released…’