Tories would support Open Source Software for the NHS

David Cameron recently gave a speech where he expressed his preference for Open Standards and Open Source Software such as Linux for use in the NHS and other government projects:

We will follow private sector best practice which is to introduce ‘open standards’ that enables IT contracts to be split up into modular components. So never again could there be projects like Labour’s hubristic NHS supercomputer. And we will create a level playing field for open source software in IT procurement and open up the procurement system to small and innovative companies…

…look at the private sector’s take-up of open source software, developed collectively by a community of individuals, universities and small and large firms from around the world.

They build the product, suggest improvements, check the source code and critique each others’ work.

Linux, the open source pioneer, is now the fastest growing operating system in the world, and even IBM is basing their new hardware on it.

Information liberation could be hugely beneficial in the new economy.

After all, what are the great new giants of the internet – from Myspace to eBay – but information processing systems?

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Eric Schmidt Video from HIMSS 2008: Google Health

Eric Schmidt delivers a keynote speech at HIMSS 2008 on Google’s activities in the healthcare space.

Should Medical Software Be Free?

I’ve been looking a lot at open source medical software and business models recently. Co-incidentally, there’s a new book by Chris Anderson (Editor of Wired and author of ‘The Long Tail’) on the subject of products being free:

WorldVistA EHRTM VOE/ 1.0 Available

January 31, 2008 – WorldVistA announces the release and availability of WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0, the only open source EHR that meets Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) criteria for 2006. WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 is based on and compatible with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) world renowned EHR, VistA®.

The foundation for WorldVistA EHR was developed as part of the VistA-Office EHR (VOE) project, a collaborative effort funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The overall goal of the project was to encourage the broader adoption and effective use of EHRs among physicians by making an affordable, robust, proven EHR solution alternative available.

After completion of the VOE project, WorldVistA made additional enhancements and successfully submitted WorldVistA EHR for certification by CCHIT. As a CCHIT Certified product, WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 has been tested and passed inspection of 100 percent of a set of criteria for functionality (ability to create and manage electronic records for all patients, as well as automating workflow in a physician’s office), interoperability (a first step in the ability to receive and send electronic data to other entities such as laboratories), and security (ability to keep patients’ information safe).

WorldVistA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is furthering the cause of affordable healthcare information technology worldwide by advocating, championing, and employing the open source paradigm to expand the use and collaborative improvement of the VistA electronic health record. WorldVistA seeks to facilitate and enable global adoption of VistA solutions thorough technology transfer, education and training services. WorldVistA manages and supports the open, collaborative, peer reviewed development and enhancement of VistA and WorldVistA EHR. WorldVistA EHR is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

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For more information about WorldVistA EHR, or to schedule an interview:

Primary Contact: Joseph Dal Molin, VP Business Development
Tel.: (416) 232-1206
Email: dalmolin@worldvista.org
Contact: Maury Pepper, Chair
Tel.: (314) 540-7815
Email: mpepper@worldvista.org

*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION*

Details on WorldVistA EHR and download URL:
http://worldvista.org/World_VistA_EHR

WorldVistA EHR VOE/ 1.0 and CCHIT certification:
http://cchit.org/choose/ambulatory/2006/WorldVistA-EHR.asp

GNU General Public License:
http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.txt

Welcome to the Health Informatics Blog!

Hi Folks,

Welcome to the new Health Informatics Blog! This blog will be covering news and developments in the field of Health Informatics.

I’m a Lecturer in Health Informatics at Otago University in New Zealand and am currently working on a PhD looking at EHR and e-Learning standards.