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[News] Open Source Software Discussed in Health-oriented Conference

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Open Source at the European Congress of Telepathology and Virtual Microscopy

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| Open source appeared explicitly in one round table, entitled "Open Source in 
| Pathology", and including two presentations. On that occasion, Jose Sagristan 
| discussed the open source components of a large project called Serendipia. He 
| described the Centre for Innovation in Open Source for Healthcare (CISOS) 
| created in 2005 by the regional healthcare service of Castilla-La Mancha 
| (SESCAM), and the enterprise application integrator HIGEIA they used inside 
| the Serendipia project.      



Filipinos father open source electronic health record system

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| Licensed under the GNU GPL3, FFEHR, is available for free download and use by
| the public including its source code.  



A call for open source values in health care

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| The Committee for Economic Development, a 65-year old advocacy group which
| claims to represent “the best in business thinking,” has issued a clarion
| call for open source values in medicine.  


Hospital software vendor McKesson uses Linux to heal IT budgets

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| At first, convincing hospital executives to go with McKesson's Linux-based
| applications was difficult because of fears that Linux wouldn't be as
| reliable as Unix, which had been in their IT shops for years, Simpson
| said. "It took some time for them to understand that open source is safe,
| that open source has support," he added.    
| The deal with Red Hat "really kicked the program into gear," he said,
| allowing McKesson to offer its software with Red Hat Enterprise Linux in a
| top-to-bottom package for mission-critical hospital IT systems.  


Is Linux enough for open source medical advocates?

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| The change occurs on the back-end, where Linux is the OS, and where customers
| may even choose MySQL or Ingres as their database technology.
| McKesson says 75% of its roughly 2,500 hospital customers have embraced the
| change, with Oracle as the company’s current database of choice. “The best of
| both worlds” the company says.  


Red Hat enters healthcare sector

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| Red Hat Software Services, provider of Linux and open source technologies, is
| foraying into the Indian healthcare sector.
| Red Hat's Global Support Services vice-president Lain Gray said the company
| plans to facilitate the sharing of patients' data and history within various
| hospitals to promote better healthcare services.    


Leading Healthcare Technology Provider Chooses Red Hat

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| Sage Software provides integrated electronic health records, electronic
| data interchange (EDI) applications and practice management systems to
| more than 20,000 ambulatory care practices throughout North America.
| These systems enable physicians and practice managers to better
| manage their practices and improve profitability.


Computer Programs and Systems, Inc. Announces Migration of CPSI System to Linux
Operating System

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| Computer Programs and Systems, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare
| information solutions, today announced the migration of the CPSI healthcare
| information system to the Linux operating system.  


McKesson First to Offer Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform

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| As a leading provider of technology solutions to the healthcare
| industry, McKesson has been at the forefront of innovative
| technologies, deploying many of its advanced Horizon Clinicals
| applications on Linux running on Intel-based hardware. Hospitals
| with these deployments have already realized cost savings of up
| to 60% compared with traditional system deployments.


IBM and Convergence CT Team to Provide Clinical Data Warehousing for
Healthcare and Life Sciences

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| The IBM BCU is a fully integrated and scalable data warehouse
| solution for Linux that combines software, server, and storage
| resources to maximize business intelligence and information
| management performance for enterprises.


Editor's Corner (on Open Source in Healthcare)

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| Suggesting that a private healthcare provider switch from
| proprietary software to open source-based applications is one
| thing. But when an official affiliated with as august a body as
| the United Nations suggests that all member countries adopt open
| source for their healthcare applications, that's a much bigger deal.


Linux in Healthcare

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| Linux in healthcare is a tale of things seen and unseen. Linux/Open
| Source have enjoyed tremendous popularity in embedded systems and
| networks for major technologies used in healthcare that healthcare
| providers may not even be aware of.

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