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[News] Big String of Success Stories for Free Software in Healthcare

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DOHCS 2009 Conference a Hit! Wildly Exceeds Attendance Expectations 

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| The third appearance of the DOHCS (Demonstrating Open-Source Health Care 
| Solutions) conference showed a stunning demand for open-source healthcare 
| technologies. With the nation in the midst of a healthcare crisis, nearly 300 
| attendees learned how open-source alternatives to proprietary health 
| technologies can offer the transparency and collaboration necessary for 
| quality patient care.     


CureTogether, a platform for open-source health research


CBO: Health IT Deficit of $17 billion over 10 Years

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| Ten years in the ditch is a very long time. The only thing that could turn 
| this around is a ban on federal spending for proprietary Electronic Medical 
| Record software in which only Affero General Public License (AGPL) version 3 
| software can be purchased with federal funds. Current proprietary vendors can 
| change their product licenses to AGPL to receive public money.    


Midland Memorial Hospital Reduces Patient Deaths, Infection Rates Through Use
of OpenVista Electronic Health Record

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| Since the implementation of Medsphere's OpenVista electronic health record 
| (EHR), Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH) has realized a host of improved 
| clinical results, including fewer patient deaths and medical errors and 
| decreased infection rates, an independent case study confirms.   


Your Money and Your Medical Privacy Gone

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| The important exceptions are: The Veterans Affairs VistA software system 
| which is in the public domain, successfully deployed in the private sector 
| and is a remarkable example of a government success. Naturally the government 
| has tried to kill it numerous times. Other Free/Open Source Software 
| Electronic Medical Records that have achieved notable success like Webreach 
| and ClearHealth. The recent ARRA of 2009 as written tips the playing field 
| against FOSS software through hostile certification processes and marketing 
| noise drowning out real solutions.       


GNUmed 0.4.0 released

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| Over last couple of months the GNUmed team has worked hard to bring you a 
| brand new release. We are proud to announce version 0.4 of GNUmed. 


A Generous, Virtuous Society

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| A single sentence law enacted by Congress could change this. That sentence 
| is: 'All Electronic Medical Record software purchased with federal funds must 
| be licensed under the Affero General Public License version 3.' Such a 
| sentence would change the picture dramatically for the better.   



Misys open source solutions tests software

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| Misys Open Source Solutions, a division of Misys plc, announced today that it
| will demonstrate newly developed software at the healthcare industry's
| week-long interoperability testing event, Integrating the Healthcare
| Enterprise (IHE) Connectathon in Chicago.


Open Source Medical Records

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| The idea is simple - take the the publicly available code from the Veterans
| Administration clinical information system, add new modules such as revenue
| cycle interfaces that are needed in practices outside the VA system and
| include support/implementation services. In effect, you'll have the "Red Hat
| Linux" of the electronic health record world.

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