Ubuntu 10.04 to support iPod, iPhone, iPad out of the box

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.

50 Successful Open Source Projects That Are Changing Medicine

I saw this article on "50 Successful Open Source Projects That Are Changing Medicine" from Medicine 3.0: Health Notes and Bookmarks:

Best practices for FOSS adoption and migration

"The migration and adoption process is a complex, multidisciplinary effort that touches different areas and require a complete understanding of how individual workflows are composed and executed and how people interacts with IT systems in their daily work. In this sense, a FLOSS migration is a major endeavor, and as most complex efforts can easily go wrong.

There are several hurdles in the execution of a migration, and some of those hurdles can be avoided easily by using simple practices.

What does an HL7 message look like?

I have a url link to share where we can understand Hl7 message in a very short time

Criteria in Selecting Software for Health: Outcome of a FOSS Training Workshop

What do you look for in a software for health?

This question was answered by all PANACeA members participating in the second day of FOSS Training through a metaplan workshop.

The workshop had each participant respond to the question by writing his/her answers on the three metacards provided to her/him.

The cards containing the answers were each shown and read aloud by the workshop facilitator and mounted on a training room's wall. These were clustered according to particular themes. What follows is the result of the workshop.

Open Source Software Sharing

Some of the participants (PANACeA FOSS Training) shared some cool information about particular open source softwares useful for health:

  1. EpiSPIDER. Used for aggregating visually on maps public health events across countries. (By Dr. Alvin)
  2. iPath 2. A telehealth service for remote areas in Pakistan. (By Muqueet and Shariq)
  3. Audacity and GIMP for audio recording and graphics design, respectively. (By Angelo)

A recipe for free lunch....

Haroon, a colleague from Panacea asked about FOSS, "Who is marketing it, if it is really so good?". It is an interesting question with the implication that it may not really be so good, otherwise, why aren't so many of us already using it!

PANACeA Scoring System for Software in Health


Coming from their 3rd annual workshop, the PANACeA research group has come up with parameters for evaluating software for health.


Hypothesize on the score parameters and then apply these to known software in health such as CHITS, OpenMRS, VistA, DHIS, etc.

Revise the scoring system using the Delphi method.


Parameters that came out of the workshop

Control of code
Availability of developers and roadmap

PANACeA FOSS for Health Possible Projects

Just to post some thoughts about possible FOSS projects by PANACeA:

1. PANACeA Scoring System for Software in Health

A separate write up on this is in Alvin's Blog:
PANACeA Scoring System for Software in Health

2. FOSS4HEALTH live USB and/or CD

Historical statements

Don’t think like Bill Gates think like Linus Torvalds (Marcelo 1958AD, Rome)

We want to link eHealth to FOSS because we want to share with others what good things are being done ( Jason BT, 1809, Vatican city)

Going FOSS is not mandatory, it’s an option and a 'Preferred option' (S Khoja 1445 AD, Madrid)

It’s easy to change from proprietary to open source (after you see a flash light of consciousness) like bill gates (Ariel 1939 AD, Rio)

Haroon....If you are using PHP its ok, but if you are modifying PHP, then .......... :)
(Jason 2010, Bangkok)

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