Molar Man Makes LinuxMedNews

Mar 6th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

The excellent SCALE presentation on Open Molar – open source dental practice management was highlighted at LinuxMedNews this week.  The audio of the presentation is up at the SCALE site – slides are to follow.

I don’t know what else to add, other than this is an exemplar of what can accomplished with some determination and open source tools.  It isn’t acceptable to lock up healthcare systems in proprietary systems (a driver for this project) – there are alternatives, including rolling-your-own.

US Senator gets tough with closed source EHR vendors

Oct 29th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Senator Grassley of the Senate Finance Committee overseeing Medicare and Medicaid reads the Riot Act to software vendor over closed source tactics for Electronic Health Records.

These include a “hold harmless” clause – shifting any responsibility for system errors onto the physician and “gag rules” to prevent public disclosure of system defects.

Can it get any more un-open-source than that? Looks like another argument in favor of Open Source software for healthcare.

Updates in the battle over open source healthcare records

May 18th, 2009 Posted in Health Care IT | No Comments »

The latest posting at LinuxMedNews seems to indicate things are heating up a little.  What has been getting interesting has been a rising tide of voices including politicians both in the US and Canada as well as OSS vendors. Now there’s an Open Source Letter to President Obama online where the general public is invited to add their comments.

Open Source EHRs and Security

May 13th, 2009 Posted in Health Care IT | No Comments »


Woe to the unsuspecting Veterinarian not using proper species biometric logins!

(Absolutely couldn’t resist)

More Street Creds for Drupal

May 8th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

I see Mr. Obama’s group seems to believe in the use of Drupal.

Don’t ya just love leadership by example?

Is even the military opening up to the idea of open EHRs?

May 4th, 2009 Posted in Health Care IT | No Comments »

Perhaps the notion of open source EHRs is really on a roll. The Dept of Defense and Veterans Health Administration have long been criticized for the lack of interoperability between their 2 healthcare systems. The VHA is open source and the DoD has been proprietary. Now, in a stunning turn of events, it sounds like they are thinking about having a more open EHR for the DoD.

Let’s see, we’ve now seen a US Senator, the Wall Street Journal and now even the land of proprietary procurement purchases talking about open EHR systems.  What next?

Wall Street Journal suggests Open Source VistA as Solution

May 1st, 2009 Posted in Health Care IT | No Comments »

The VHA’s home-grown electronic healthrecord system is open source (through the Freedom of Information Act) and freely available to anyone who wants to download it from the VHA’s website. The Wall Street Journal has recently suggested it might be a viable  solution for medical facilities seeking a lower cost alternative to proprietary EHRs. (Those of us VistA watchers have been saying this for a long time.)

Exciting Pro Open Source Legislation Introduced

Apr 24th, 2009 Posted in Health Care IT | No Comments »

Looks like somebody heard about the potential for this in healthcare. See the info on latest legislation introduced by Rockefeller D-WV.

BTW, a group of public clinics in West Virginia has implemented a variation of the VHA’s open source VistA system, called RPMS and there has been some positive feedback coming out of the project. This is a good example of what I call “VistA in the Wild” – the system being adopted outside it’s native environment at the VHA. This is significant since a barrier to this has been the fact that th VHA is different in ways from the public healthcare sector and the system has had to be adapted for use.  This is something that bears close watching. Maybe people out there are “getting it”.

The Ultimate Data Center

Apr 16th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

They are having way to much fun in Sweden!

I guess now we know what’s keeping Pirate Bay going!

Spurious arguments against healthcare IT

Apr 1st, 2009 Posted in Health Care IT | 2 Comments »

stupidity check = ON

Yep, we have the redoubtable “Octo-Mom” to thank for yet another warning on how vulnerable your healthcare records are in electronic form. Just look at all those Kaiser employees who were fired for snooping through her medical records.

If only those records had been kept on paper with no login authentication or audit trail!