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[News] Healthcare With Free Software: Another Milestone

  • Subject: [News] Healthcare With Free Software: Another Milestone
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 16 May 2010 23:18:19 +0100
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IAC to VA: Modernize VistA 

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| The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 
| should commit to and announce as a matter of 
| strategic policy a plan to move to an open 
| source, open standards model for the re-
| engineering of the next generation of the 
| departmentâs integrated health information 
| system, VistA, according to a new report from 
| the Industry Advisory Council (IAC). The 100-
| page report from the Washington, D.C.-based 
| IAC provided recommendations to VA on how to 
| modernize VistA (VA Health Information 
| Systems and Technology Architecture).


A Look Into the Mind: WiseWindow Leverages Open Source, Cloud Computing to Gauge Opinions

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| I understand Rajiv has been named advisor and 
| architect for a new open source project 
| funded by the National Institute of Health 
| and executed by Caltech. What is the goal of 
| this effort and what exactly does it have to 
| do with open source?
| Dulepet: The goal of this effort is to 
| provide scientists an open platform for bio-
| medical research where they can share 
| analytical applications and data with their 
| colleagues. 



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


A Healthy Move for Open Source

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| What's interesting here is how different
| projects from around the world are being
| brought together to be applied to a new
| problem. This kind of re-purposing is one of
| the great advantages of free software, since
| it's not necessary to ask permission or to
| negotiate impossibly complex licensing
| agreements to do so, as would be the case with
| traditional software. Let's hope we see many
| more such applications.

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