Open Source

It's not about Open Source

Readers of the blog will know that I am an enthusiastic supporter of open platforms and was pleased to be able to contribute to the recent publication of “Defining an an Open Platform” by the Apperta Foundation. Assiduous readers will have noticed that the eight principles in this document are a evolution of those that…

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Moscow eHealth a Model for the UK

Follow @WoodcoteEwan The approach that Moscow City Council has adopted to create an open platform to support health and social care services in Moscow which uses some of the same technology as the Code4Health platform would seem to have relevance to the UK and in particular is a good fit for the needs of emerging…

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IMS and Open Maxims – A big step forward for NHS Open Source

IMS’s recent decision to open source its Maxims EHR as Open Maxims  is to be very much applauded and their decision to do so under the AGPL licence is an encouraging indication of their commitment to a mainstream open source approach. However, making the code available is just the first step. Exploiting the opportunities that…

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Open Interfaces, Open Standards and Open Source

Follow @WoodcoteEwan Everyone I talk to agrees that we have to create an Open Digital Health and Care Ecosystem in which a range of digital health and care service can be delivered. This needs to support the interoperability and orchestration of ecosystem components and provide the infrastructure to make it easier for innovators to deliver…

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Code4Health

The  Code for Health initiative and the idea of teaching doctors to code (disambiguation: I mean write computer software not learning to apply clinical codes to health records and other health data) is in my mind a really good idea but something that is capable of being badly misunderstood and misapplied with the potential to…

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What makes an Open Source community?

There has been a lot of interest in the role of Open Source software in the UK over recent months, initially stimulated by NHS interest in the American VistA Open Source EHR, but now taking on a broader scope including some of the exciting home grown initiatives. Included amongst these are a number of projects that…

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"Wicked" Barriers to Innovation and Adoption

Sometimes we just have to JUST DO IT! In the NHS we have too high a tolerance for inaction and too little tolerance for honourable failure. I’ve just come back from the Healthcare Innovation Expo in Manchester, where there was much talk about the need to encourage innovation. I’m all for that but I think it’s…

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NHS and Vista Integration

Here is my presentation I gave at the CAMTA Annual Meeting in London on 14 November 2013 CAMTA, otherwise known as the M Technology Association – UK & Ireland, is a non-profit educational organisation. Its aims are to further the utilisation, improvement and understanding of the M Technology language , and also InterSystems CACHÉ that…

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A Pilot Site for NHS VistA – Please?

Moving the open source agenda require that NHS Trust submit Expressions of Interests (EoI) for open source projects under NHS England’s £260 million Technology Fund by the deadline on 31th July. Over recent weeks I’ve been persuaded that there would be real value for the patients, the NHS and the UK health informatics industry in the creation…

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NHS VistA and NHS Open-Source

Many of the issues discussed here will feature at the HANDI Health Apps Conference – Collocated at EHI Live 5 6 Nov NEC Birmingham A slighty amend version of this blog piece with a brief commentary for those outside the UK is available on Open Health News a shorter version is available on eHealthInsider There is…

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