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[News] Debian Derivative for Healthcare is Born

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Debian Med released with Debian 5.0 (Lenny)

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| The recent release of Debian 5.0 (Lenny) contains a lot of medical software 
| which is interesting for several tasks in medical work. The strongest part 
| remains the support of microbiological applications but also medical imaging 
| and the practice management GNUmed are included now. Perhaps an article on 
| The Register might be interesting as well.    


VistA makes some press too:

Senior Subjects: Building a 21st-century VA

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| The key to the success that VistA has had for many years is the way it was 
| written. As you may know, computer programs are written in special code that 
| translates into instructions for the machines. The code for VistA was what we 
| now think of as “open source” code. Any skilled programmer could use that 
| code to modify existing modules or to create new applications to do new jobs 
| and connect them so that they are an integral part of the whole system. As 
| open source code increases in popularity, we see it used in operating systems 
| (Linux), in Internet browsers (Firefox), and in applications for some new 
| computers like “netbooks.”         



VistA now all open source

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| The big open source struggle that began with Linux, moved to enterprise
| applications and then the consumer space, is now pointed directly at the
| heads of doctors and hospitals.
| VistA, the public record EHR and hospital management software created by the
| Veterans Administration, is once again an open source movement with word that
| DSS, its biggest commercial licenser, is switching to the Eclipse Public
| License.


Healthcare Conference to Focus on Open Source Solutions

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| Panels, presentations, and Birds of a Feather meetings are certainly the
| highlight of next month's Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), but that's
| not the only thing happening during the event. The Demonstrating Open Source
| Health Care Solutions (DOHCS) conference will be co-located with SCALE and
| both will get underway on Friday, February 20, 2009.

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