This is a typical question for those eager to learn to use Linux but are afraid that their favorite Microsoft programs "might not run under Linux."
New Technologies Spur Changes in Health Care Research, Delivery
Wall Street Journal recently featured several articles on new trends in electronic health tools. One of the articles discussed "a new open-source collaborative effort ... aiming to advance medical research by allowing scientists to share disease data and models .."
Open-Source Data Network for Medical Research
A new open-source collaborative effort called Sage Commons aims to advance medical research by allowing scientists to share disease data and models, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sage Bionetworks launched the project last year.
From: Business Line
The exercise is to cut short research time and work towards effective medicines to treat TB, which accounts for about 1,000 deaths a day in India.
...the OSDD initiative has made TB-related research available to any researcher across the world...
CSIR open-source project for TB democratises research
P.T. Jyothi Datta
Mumbai, April 12
The average age of scientists on the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR) ‘Connect 2 Decode' project — to map information on the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) genome, is “in the 20s”. Not surprising then, the scientific community explains the project, in lay terms, as a sort of “face-book” for scientists!
But the C2D project to bring all scientific research on TB under one roof, and make the information publically available, is part of CSIR's Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) initiative. A project that seeks to democratise the approach to science by changing the way scientific data is accessed.
From: The Times of India
"The TB gene map, developed under the Open Source Drug Discovery (OSDD) initiative of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will be available in the public domain for drug makers."
"This marks the beginning of the efforts of C2D to align R&D with public health and to use the full potential of the open source model for the development of medical technologies and drug discovery for neglected diseases," Samir Brahmachari, Director General, CSIR said.
From: SignOnSanDiego News
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Medsphere Systems Markets Open Source Electronic Health Records System
By Denise Gellene
Originally published April 8, 2010 at midnight, updated April 6, 2010 at 10:40 a.m.
Most HITS readers would consider open-source EHR
By Joseph Conn / HITS staff writer
Posted: April 2, 2010 - 11:00 am ET
Nearly two thirds of Health IT Strategist readers responding to our latest poll indicate they are keeping an open mind when it comes to open-source software.
Qualitix Clinical Research Co Selects OpenClinica Enterprise Electronic Data Capture Solution for Multi-National Clinical TrialsSubmitted by webadmin on Thu, 04/08/2010 - 07:43
Taiwanese contract research organization (CRO) seeks to enhance its global clinical trial IT infrastructure with leading open source solution.
Waltham, MA and Taipei, Taiwain (PRWEB) April 6, 2010 -- Akaza Research, the leading provider of open source clinical trials software, announced today that Qualitix Clinical Research Co., Ltd. has selected the OpenClinica Enterprise™ open source platform for its Electronic Data Capture (EDC) solution for multi-national clinical trials. Qualitix is a full service Contract Research Organization (CRO) based in Taipei, Taiwan that focuses on clinical monitoring and site management for Phase I – Phase IV multinational studies. Qualitix maintains a network of prominent Taiwanese investigators at 33 hospitals and has conducted more than 50 clinical trials across a number of therapeutic areas.
In my Google and Yahoo search for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) as applied for health, I chanced upon a Wikipedia page entitled "List of open source healthcare software". This page ranks first and sixth in Google and Yahoo search results, respectively. This is good.
Surprisingly, though, the page has received a warning from Wikipedia, particularly on the inappropriate use of external links.
The University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center is now conducting the Geolocate4Health contest.
The contest involves the use of Google Map Maker in mapping health care facilities such as:
1. government hospitals
2. private hospitals
3. rural health units/local health centers
4. lying-in clinics
5. barangay health stations
6. private clinics
7. special health facilities such as dialysis clinics, stand-alone laboratories and
8. blood banks
Just came across this article about something a lot of us into free and open source software have been wanting to happen. Imagine the possibilities for FOSS mobile health applications: (The main reason I don't use iPod, iPhone and probably not planning to use iPad in the future is because they don't use free and open source software. But that will soon change ;) )
"Another barrier to Linux adoption is set to fall with next month’s major Ubuntu release – version 10.04, otherwise known as Lucid Lynx – bringing iPod support right out of the box.