The OSHIP has Launched

The Open Source Health Information Platform (OSHIP) project is now public. It is a Python [] implementation of the openEHR [] specifications Release 1.0.1
OSHIP is not a clinical application. It is a Python framework for quickly building future-proof, inter-operable healthcare applications based on a multi-level modeling principle [] that has already been proven in implementations.

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Fred Trotter: Health of the Source

Fred Trotter’s TEPR Health of the Source talk is here this is a must-read: “I pretty regularly give a talk entitled “The health of the source”. The subject of the talk is everything that has happened in health FOSS, since the last time I gave the talk. Thankfully things move along fast enough that I am never short of content. You will find this article dripping with useful bias and opinion. This is not merely a list of projects but also what I think of the projects. I might be omitting your favorite project intentionally, because I think it is irrelevant, OR out of ignorance, OR because I am limiting the scope. For instance this time I did not include much on clinical research (openclinica) or imaging, since my TEPR audience might not be interested in those.”

ClearHealth Announces PHPable VistA

ClearHealth had a number of major announcements at TEPR detailed here (PDF), including HealthCloud, compatibility with GoogleHealth and being a Mirth reseller. One of these, according to Fred Trotter’s post on the Hardhats list, ClearHealth announced at TEPR that they have cross-compiled the VistA MUMPS code into PHP and have it running in Beta in a hospital: “…Apparently the strategy is to compile the MUMPS code to C, run it
through some extensive processing, and then it becomes available in a
fashion that can be called from php…”

Medsphere Announces New Client/Server, Move to AGPL

ALISO VIEJO, CA––May 21, 2008––Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of Open Source healthcare IT solutions, today announced the Open Source release of OpenVista Clinical Information System (CIS) version 1.0 Beta and OpenVista Server version 1.5.86. Available for immediate download at, these applications compose Medsphere’s Open Source electronic health record (EHR) system. OpenVista CIS provides a multi-platform (Linux and Windows), user-friendly and intuitive client interface through which clinicians can enter and view patient information. OpenVista Server is a commercialized version of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VistA solution, developed over the course of more than 20 years and instrumental in a well-documented organizational turnaround at the agency.

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Open Source at the European Congress of Telepathology and Virtual Microscopy

The last week Toledo hosted the biennial 9th European Congress on Telepathology and 3rd International Congress on Virtual Microscopy, thanks to the excellent organization of Marcial Garcia Rojo (Hospital General de Ciudad Real, Spain), Gloria Bueno Garc�a (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) and Jose Sagristan and colleagues (Health Care Service of Castilla-La Mancha, SESCAM, Spain).

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ClearHealth Support For Google Health

With the public release of Google Health ClearHealth is happy to announce its support for the system. We expect to be able to release it pending legal review for some HIPAA issues to general availability within our 2.3 testing version tree. I would expect this in 2-3 weeks. The Google systems supports the CCR record which make this a nice means of standardized import/export and should do a lot for that standard. This also complements our HealthCloud services which will be announced at TEPR on wednesday.

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Open Source Clinical Trial Software Gets Attention at DIA Annual Meeting

Open source in clinical research will be the topic of a panel discussion at the upcoming DIA Annual Meeting June 24th in Boston.

Join us for an interesting discussion on open source clinical trial software the DIA Annual Meeting June 24th in Boston. This presentation will evaluate how open, standards-based software can alleviate the challenges of flexibility, interoperability, and cost in regulated clinical research environments. Presenters will discuss the unique advantages and challenges in developing and using open source software for tasks such as electronic data capture, and provide an overview of other open source technologies currently being used in clinical trials.

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