Novice EHR Development is now unethical

The original Hipoocratic¬†Oath¬†states: I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work. One modern version reads: I will not be ashamed to say … Continued

Medsphere OpenVistA meaningful use certified

I am happy to mention that Medsphere has received certification for their OpenVistA EHR system. As far as I know, this is the only meaningful use certification for Open Source software, for the in-patient setting. All of the other certifications … Continued

Health Foo Camp

I am happy to announce that I have been invited to the first ever Health Foo Camp. There is not even a web-page for this yet, but it has been previously announced on the RWJF blog FOO stands for Friends … Continued

Prior Art for the BillingNetwork Patent Troll

I am saddened that the supreme court decided not to address the software patent problem with Bilski. They had an opportunity to abolish or at least reign-in software patents, which are an inherently bad idea. Instead they undid what little … Continued

Health of the Source at OSCON

Hi, OSCON has just published my health of the source talk from OSCON 2010! My slides got a little mixed up, so my delivery is a little scattered, but I hit all of the points I wanted to, just in … Continued

OpenMRS shines in Haiti

I am utterly not surprised to hear that OpenMRS is shining in Haiti. This reminds me of the tremendous reponse that the VA had to hurricane katrina using VistA. For fun you should ask those involved for the inside scoop … Continued

VistA License debate: its about proprietarization

It looks like WorldVistA is, for now, holding fast to the GPL and AGPL for VistA licensing. I have been a vocal advocate for compromising with DSS and Open Health Tools around the LGPL. The LGPL would allow for some … Continued

Enabling open core

What license should you consider for your new Health IT platform? As you consider that, you should think carefully about your user audience. You want people in the Open Source community to develop against your code. You want people to … Continued

Defining terms

NAHIT has released its definitions. In summary: An EMR is a record for the doctor. An EHR is a record for the doctors. (with data ready to move) A PHR is a record for the patient. A HIE is the … Continued