Sometimes I wrestle with how to communicate my feelings on the medical licensing. I view medical licensing as a moral issue. Some proprietary vendors get really offended by this view. Others see my point as I intended it, to place medical licensing in the moral sphere instead of the practical sphere. I recently posted over on GPLMedicine.org comparing the use of GPL Medical software to living off the grid. Just because we cannot be perfect does not mean the issue is not a “moral” issue.
I just had a great meeting with Dr. Winn over at eMds this week. Dr. Winn and I have been in discussions for months regarding how e-MDs might be able to leverage Free and Open Source software. I cannot discuss much until the proverbial ducks are in the proverbial rows, however, I can tell you that Dr. Winn is planning some very very big things with regards to FOSS releases. Thats all I can say for now… but you can assume that I was there for a very good reason.
Along with meeting the whos-who of e-MDs, I took a tour of the e-MDs facility. This place was huge! They had really cool training rooms and other resources to host clients. All in all, they are obviously a first-class software company. (admittedly proprietary, but then no one is perfect.)
The trip concluded with a visit to the best corporate toy I have ever seen. e-MDs has a working moving replica of Robby the Robot, from Forbidden Planet. The replica moves and is controlled via an MP3-player. They have a sound track of funny sayings about e-MDs recorded in a robotic voice that they have the Robot “say” as it moves around, blinks and chirps.
Medsphere could have been the “RedHat of Medical IT” that our community desperately needs. Instead they are the “Enron of Medical IT”. For those that are not aware, Medsphere sued their own founders, Scott Shreeve and Steve Shreeve for $50 Million Dollars. As it turns out evidence that at least some of Medsphere’s claims were false can be found in my inbox. After working for weeks with Eric Raymond to see if the community could negotiate a peaceful resolution, I was forced to out Medsphere for betraying the community. I was interviewed regarding Medsphere by Tony at Free Software Magazine.
Since that time, Kizer has announced that he is leaving Medsphere and Frank Pecaitis left for GE . For more Medsphere fun, you can read the entire “Medsphere” category on LinuxMedNews
You will be hearing more about Medsphere as time goes on. But I wanted to have a small blurb about what has happened so far.
I have been running Postnuke as my blog engine for as long as I can remember. I have received complaints from a fellow blogger that it is difficult to track what I am doing via a single RSS feed. Now I need to blog something that requires a picture. To accomodate the new requirements I am moving to WordPress, which is better focused as a blog engine. Rather than “migrating” my old postnuke posts, I will sum them up here.
- Please take a look at the Byrons Gallery which I think is really excellent.
- I would also like to point to a most important post over at my cousins blog which honors my brother. Thanks, Angus, it meant alot to those of us in Texas who have not been able to see the stone yet.
- I have been interviewed about FreeB and medical billing by LinuxMedNews.
- I once had a trailer, but I managed to turn it over. Pics of my Home Wreck
- Byron Trotters Memorial Page, probably more moving than anything is the Guestbook.
Thats it. Thats the relevant content from a blog that I have had for two years. I have been a bad blogger…