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Open source and health care reform

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| Computing is said to be the “secret sauce” enabling health care reform.
| But after over a year covering the field for ZDNet, I sometimes feel I have 
| been transported to the late 1980s. 
| There are a host of proprietary, incompatible standards. The leaders in the 
| hospital IT field are archipelagos of information, and woe to the customer 
| who finds gear on the wrong island.  


California Partners Release Open Source ELINCS Instructions Using Mirth to
Transform HL7 v2.x into ELINCS (HL7-R1)

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| Early this year Alliance Medical Center received a grant from California 
| HealthCare Foundation to demonstrate a simple software tool to receive 
| electronic laboratory results in the new ELINCS format. ELINCS (“EHR 
| Laboratory Interoperability and Connectivity Specification”) is a messaging 
| system intended to standardize the electronic reporting of test results from 
| clinical laboratories into electronic health record (EHR) systems. A 
| new “HL7-R1” format of ELINCS was adopted by HL7 this past Summer. Today 
| Alliance Medical Center is joined by two partners in releasing a technical 
| specification titled “Using Mirth to transform HL7 v2.x into ELINCS 
| (HL7-R1).”         



PRISM, Public Health Entry Into Open Source

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| An application developed and deployed by the Florida Department of Health's
| Bureau of STD is Public Health's entry into the Open Source effort. Licensed
| under the GPL, the Patient Reporting, Investigation, Surveillance Manager or
| PRISM application an application designed for the management, surveillance,
| and reporting of infectious diseases aligned with the efforts of most public
| health programs. Its design to use automated work flows, business logic,
| external tools like Electronic Lab Reporting, are all part of the
| efficiencies and cost savings that are critical in a modern public health
| program.


A prescription for lower costs

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| McKesson Corp. is a multifaceted healthcare company, a large distributor of
| pharmaceuticals and a thriving developer of healthcare-related IT systems.
| Its software and hardware are installed in more than 70% of U.S. hospitals
| with more than 200 beds, and handle everything from billing and scheduling to
| capturing MRI-machine images and preventing dangerous drug interactions. For
| the last five years, the company has used open source technology to deliver
| products at lower cost and greater speed, says Randall Spratt, executive vice
| president and CIO. After seeing open source, Spratt considers it an essential
| part of McKesson's product development strategy.


LinuxWorld: Health care IT solutions

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| At the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, McKesson CIO Randal Spratt
| explains why his company deploys its health care applications on Linux. He
| says these applications are scalable, affordable on tight hospital budgets,
| and reliable--making better patient care possible.



McKesson First to Offer Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform

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| As a leading provider of technology solutions to the healthcare
| industry, McKesson has been at the forefront of innovative
| technologies, deploying many of its advanced Horizon Clinicals
| applications on Linux running on Intel-based hardware. Hospitals
| with these deployments have already realized cost savings of up
| to 60% compared with traditional system deployments.



Next Gen, Mission-Critical Apps To Be Deployed on Linux Says Report

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| By now it should be obvious to even the most casual industry observers
| that Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general -
| have reached critical marketplace mass. Recent Linux deals and
| announcements by Oracle and Microsoft have only reinforced the "open
| source is enterprise-grade" message that IBM, Unisys and other "Master
| Brand" hardware, software and services vendors have been preaching for
| years. In short, open source, especially Linux, is becoming "legitimized"
| by the major vendors for enterprise environments, and user executives
| are more than happy to believe them.


CIO study finds Linux ready for prime-time

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| The company predicts a steep rise: only 18 percent of businesses
| will be using Linux in business-critical roles by the end of 2007.
| "Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general
| - have reached critical marketplace mass," said the study's authors,
| Bruce Guptill and Bill McNee of Saugatuck Research.

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