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[News] Free Software Gaining in Health Sector

  • Subject: [News] Free Software Gaining in Health Sector
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 12:12:39 +0100
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Open source challenges for hospital information system (HIS) in developing countries: a pilot project in Mali

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| We are currently witnessing a significant 
| increase in use of Open Source tools in the 
| field of health. Our study aims to research 
| the potential of these software packages 
| for developing countries.


ImageWare develops open source initiative

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| ImageWare Systems, a developer of biometric 
| technology, has announced that they are 
| creating a project called the Open 
| Biometrics Initiative (OBI) intending to 
| push biometric technology development in 
| the open source software development 
| environment. The OBI project will take 
| place by ImageWare operating a forum that 
| will be available to anyone in the open 
| source community.


VillageReach Launches Open Source Logistics Platform to Improve Distribution Practices for Global Health Programs

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| VillageReach, the Seattle-based social 
| enterprise that increases access to 
| healthcare for remote, last mile 
| communities, today announced the launch of 
| openLMISâ, a new open source initiative to 
| improve health system supply chains in low-
| income countries.  VillageReach also 
| announced the third release of its 
| management information system, vrMIS, an 
| integrated component of its logistics 
| programs that improves cold chain 
| performance and last mile distribution for 
| a wide variety of medical commodities. 


MIT open-source phone project wins first mHealth Alliance Award

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| We're big fans of innovative applications 
| of simple technology to address complex 
| health problems in areas short on 
| resources, so we're excited to hear that a 
| project developed at MIT has won $150,000 
| in prize money for its work on an open-
| source software platform that enables 
| health workers to capture and transmit EMR 
| data on mobile phones and connect remote 
| workers to physicians for clinical decision 
| support.


IT: Children hospitals saving money by using open source

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| Italian children hospitals are saving money 
| by using the 'Smart Inclusion project' 
| using open source technology and offering 
| access to for instance medical data and e-
| learning applications. According to a 
| statement from the Ministry for Public 
| Administration and Innovation, hospitals 
| can save about 1000 Euro per PC and about 
| 500 per thin client. 



HealthAlliance restarts open-source desktop project

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| Auckland health shared services unit
| HealthAlliance has resuscitated efforts to
| develop a standard desktop based on open-
| source software, but CIO Phil Brimacombe
| says it looks as though the District Health
| Boards will never be able to divorce their
| desktops entirely from Microsoft.
| First mooted in 2005, the open-source
| desktop idea, seen as potentially relevant
| for all DHBs, was âput into mothballsâ in
| 2009, owing to many higher-priority
| projects, Brimacombe says.
| [...]
| âThereâs no way we could be Microsoft-
| free,â says Brimacombe, âbut we expect a
| hybrid solution will still lower our total
| cost of ownership.â

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