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Openhealth — Open source software in health care.
June 25, 201901,381

Openhealth – Open source software in health care.

Around the world, health care software is moving from hospital-centered departmental systems, to patient-centered medical records that are distributed across networks.

These changes mirror and support organizational changes in the health care industry. Whether the change is called “managed care”, “regional health”, or “community health networks”, health care providers and their software needs are in transition.

Electronic medical records and networks are the solutions to the technical issues around coordinating the work of diverse health care professionals caring for a single person across multiple sites.

Open source software has intriguing potential to solve some of the obstacles now being encountered in this transition.

  1. Open source reference implementations of medical record standards could speed their adoption and increase interoperability in practice.The differences in adoption between TCP/IP and ISO network protocols has provided all of us with an example of the importance of reference implementations.
  2. Open source software could reduce the issue of “Who pays?” in community health networks by eliminating per user and per site licence costs and unbundling implementation and support charges.The possibility of software support and customization of the same software from a variety of vendors, seems better able to meet the diverse budgets, needs, and technical capabilities of hospitals, labs, physician offices, research facilities, “payers”, and public health organizations.

Realizing this potential will take time, and requires building a history of pilot projects and leading edge implementations. Minoru’s goal is to connect with other similarly interested individuals and organizations, share our collective experiences, and explore future possibilities.

To start this going, Minoru Development Corporation has created an index of open source health care links and is sponsoring two open mailing lists.

Click this sentence to view a list of open source projects, developers, and users specific to health care.

The Openhealth list

The Openhealth mailing list is a place for IT professionals and members of the public who are interested in health care and open source software to gather and discuss the issues of this field. This list is provided as a public service by Minoru Development Corporation. While Minoru staff are participants of the list, they do not direct list content. Areas of discussion include:

  • Deployment stories
  • Discussion of open source projects and products
  • Question and answer
  • Open source licences and their applicability to health care
  • Authentication and privacy issues for data over the Internet
  • Obstacles for open source software in health care

To join the discussion, send e-mail to [email protected] with “subscribe” as the subject.

An archive of past messages is available at www.mail-archive.com

The Openhealth announce list

There is also a low volume list for people interested in hearing about new developments in open source software for health care. To subscribe, send e-mail to [email protected]with “subscribe” as the subject.

Announcements on this list are not Minoru specific.

To keep the volume of comments low, this list is moderated. If you have a new announcement of interest to this community, please e-mail the list mailbox directly.

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