Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Health [ http://foss-for-health.org ] aims to build a FOSS for eHealth Online Community --- a venue for networking and exchanging ideas and experience on FOSS use, best practices and business models for sustainability aside from providing online support to FOSS adopters and making available FOSS resources.
foss-for-health.org is part of the Open Source and Standards PCTA (PANACeA Common Thematic Activities) that hopes to help create awareness of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in eHealth, promote its use and build both capacity and support for those starting to adopt it.
PANACeA is the PAN Asian Collaboration for Evidence-based eHealth Adoption and Application (PANACeA)
The city of Munich is now providing free Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) CDs for the citizens of the city, in an effort to increase the adoption of open source software.
Munich has been at the center of a very heated debate this past couple of months, after the media picked up some statements made by a couple of people from the mayor’s office regarding a switch to back to Windows from Linux.
On December 4-5, 2014, the Asia eHealth Information Network will be having its 3rd General Meeting in Manila, Philippines.
The GM will initiate a more technical series of presentations and panel discussions. There will also be an innovations fair, and several knowledge-sharing and learning sessions. This year’s theme will be on national eHealth capacity building to scale and sustain ICT investments, emphasizing specific techniques as part of national eHealth and HIS strategies and action plans that address better governance, enterprise architecture, standardization and interoperability, and program management that can effectively aid scaling and sustaining current and future investments.
On December 2-3, 2014, ADB, WHO and AeHIN will be holding a Conference on Measuring and Achieving UHC with ICT in Asia and the Pacific. This will engage government officials from multiple sectors (health, finance, planning, statistics, ICT), development partners and experts to share experiences and review the current evidence on cost-benefit and impact of various ICT-enabled health services and information systems. Around 125-140 participants from 20 Asia-Pacific countries will participate in plenary and panel discussions, parallel sessions, meet the experts open forum, displays to discover critical issues related to monitoring and evaluation of UHC and role of ICT-enabled health information systems may play in it.
This month of May marks the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS. The homegrown electronic medical record system developed by the University of the Philippines Manila in 2004. Over the years, this single “seed” of innovation has come a long way since its implementation at the Elvira Lagrosa Health Center in Pasay City.
From its humble beginnings as a “Child Health Injury Tracking System” spearheaded by Dr. Herman Tolentino, Dr. Alvin Marcelo and the Pasay City Health Department through Dr. Marie Irene Sy, CHITS has become an eHealth tool that can improve health information system in the country.
DRIVING SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION IN GOVERNMENTS WITH OPEN SOURCE
By Clarice Africa | 28 April 2014
“Look around you - open source is running so many things that play a crucial part of our lives and I bet most people don’t even know it,” said Prof. Ariel Betan, Managing Director of the International Open Source Network ASEAN+3, a Centre of Excellence under the UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme that advocates free and open source software, open content and open standards in the region.
“Linux, for example, is an operating system that runs a lot of today’s open source technologies. From small devices like mobile Wi-Fi routers/access points, desktops, smartphones and even appliances to large installations like the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, spanning 27km in the the Franco-Swiss Border,” he said.
|Dr. Alvin Marcelo, IOSN|
OPEN SOURCE: A FAD NO MORE
By Clarice Africa | 21 February 2014
A few years ago, a global analyst firm went so far as to describe open source as the ‘hype du jour’ and some people even labelled it as something destined for the student and hobbyist market.
Today, its collaborative innovation model has prompted some governments to go ‘Open Source by default’ by releasing everything it does to the community.
“Trends right now are on the collaboration and creation of platforms and ecosystems. Gone is the era of the monolithic one-software-for-all mentality. It is now conventional wisdom that some services and components are better offered by other entities and it is their integration that is driving the development of this ecosystem,” Dr. Alvin Marcelo, an eHealth Adviser for an international development agency, said.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the International Open Source Network (IOSN) ASEAN +3 in cooperation with the UP System IT Foundation and the UP IT Development Center (UP ITDC, formerly UP ITTC) will be holding LPI Paper-Based Certification Exams on Sept 17, 2013 at the UP ITDC, 2/F Vidal A. Tan Hall, Quirino Ave. cor.
The International Open Source Network ASEAN+3 in cooperation with Asia Pacific Colleges and United Nations University is hosting: Open Source Security in Healthcare Forum on July 27, 8:30-3:30pm at the Asia Pacific Colleges, Makati.
LPI Applauds UN Organization Report
(Sacramento, CA, USA: November 29, 2012) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), applauds the release of the flagship report "The Information Economy Report 2012: The Software Industry and Developing Countries" by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report provides specific recommendations on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for national policy makers and includes two examples of the value of LPI's training and certification programs for ICT development.