miércoles, 7 de diciembre de 2011

GNU Solidario welcomes Lomonosov Moscow University in Buenos Aires


Lomonosov Moscow State University - Faculty of Medicine in Buenos Aires.

[ Just a brief summary of the main article from the GNU Solidario blog, where you can find the main article.]

On December 5th. in the city of Buenos Aires (Argentina) GNU Solidario welcomed a delegation of the Lomonosov Moscow State University - Faculty of Medicine (Russia).


I want to thank the Barceló University for their tremendous help in every aspect of the logistics of the event. Many thanks to the Dr. Cosme Argerich Hospital, for the great day and guided tour of their health center. 

The Russian Delegation, lead by Prof. Oleg Medvedev, (VD, Ph.D) Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology. Professor Oleg got in touch with me around a month ago. They wanted to get a deeper understanding of the Health care system in Argentina.




Group Picture at Dr. Cosme Argerich Hospital


Dr. Simes and Dr. Medvedev
Signing the cooperation agreement. Dr. Héctor A. Barceló and Dr. Oleg Medvedev
Luis Falcón and Dr. Medvedev
Luis Falcón presenting GNU Health
Prof. Dr. Adrian Barceló and Luis Falcón
Luis Falcón and Dr. Medvedev at the closing session
Dr. Meirovich, former minister of health Dr. H. Lombardo, Dr. Medvedev
Dr. Medvedev showed us great mobile ECG and real-time cardiac monitoring devices (seen on top of the table)

I'm positive this is just the beginning of a very productive relationship between GNU Solidario and the Moscow State University.






martes, 29 de noviembre de 2011

GNU Health en el Instituto de Previsión Social y Ministerio de Salud Pública de Paraguay


El sábado regresamos de Paraguay, donde fuimos invitados por el Gabinete Civil de la Presidencia de la República (Nicolás Caballero - Coordinador de Innovación Tecnológica - ) y por el departamento de informática del Instituto de Previsión Social ( Ana Ayala - CIO de la Dirección Informática -  y Rosa González - Líder del departamento informático de Salud - ), para presentar GNU Health , el sistema Libre de Gestión Hospitalaria y de Salud. 
 
Me alegra ver como Paraguay adopta Software Libre en sus sistemas de Salud Pública , en equipo,  desde el Gabinete de la Presidencia, el Instituto de Previsión Social (IPS) y el Ministerio de Salud Pública y Bienestar Social (MSPBS).

Actualmente Paraguay encara la informática médica como un bien público, inseparable del contexto de Salud Pública. 


En el hospital Dr. Emilio Cubas. El centro de salud más grande de Paraguay

Pasamos dos días en Asunción, visitando las diferentes clínicas  y hospitales, así como en reuniones con los profesionales de la salud y del gobierno. En estas reuniones, Nicolás Caballero nos explicó las resoluciones que el gobierno de Paraguay está tomando para la adopción de software libre en salud pública.



Nicolás Caballero, Julio Perrota, Ana Ayala, Nelson Caballero, Rosa González y la Dra Carmen Frutos



Luis Falcón, Nurhizam Safie, Cristina Melgosa, Rosa González y Ana Ayala 

Después de visitar distintos centros de salud, nos reunimos con el equipo de informática, con quienes discutimos detalles técnicos de GNU Health, como el entorno de programación, seguridad, escalabilidad y reporting. También nos mostraron su centro de datos donde brindan soporte a todo el país.

Explicando detalles técnicos de GNU Health en el  Hospital General



En la clínica Nanawa: Nurhizam Safie, Luis Falcón, Cristina Melgosa, María Victoria Benítez 

El Doctor Nurhizam Safie, de la Universidad de las Naciones Unidas, Instituto Internacional de Salud Global (UNU-IIGH), partner de GNU Solidario, nos mostró implementaciones de GNU Health en Asia, África y Latinoamérica.

Nurhizam enfatizó el compromiso de las UNU - el brazo académico de las Naciones Unidas - con GNU Health y su posible implementación en el sistema de salud pública de Paraguay, como medio de universalidad la salud. Al día de hoy, la Universidad de las Naciones unidas provee capacitación en GNU Health.

Dr. Nurhizam Safie de las Naciones Unidas en su presentación de GNU Health en IPS
Parte del equipo de informática en el hospital central 
Rosa González, líder del departamento de sistemas informáticos de salud, nos llevó a recorrer los distintos centros de salud, y sus departamentos. Entre ellos  : Farmacia, Laboratorio, citas, hospitalización y diagnóstico por imágenes

Rosa explicó a su equiopo la licencia GPL ( GNU General Public License), por lo que ellos tienen toda la libertad de usar y parametrizar GNU Health con el fin de adecuarlo a sus necesidades. Recalqué la importancia de trabajar con la comunidad, porque ellos son parte de la comunidad y aportarán valor agregado al proyecto. GNU Health es el resultado del  esfuerzo de equipos multi-disciplinarios y multi-culturales.


En el hospital Geriátrico


Nurhizam, Cristina Melgosa and Rosa González en el salón de entrada del IPS

El viernes al mediodía fuimos invitados por la Dra. Graciela Gamarra, Directora General de Información Estratégica en Salud, del Ministerio de Salud Pública y Bienestar Social. Julio Galeana nos mostró los desarrollos que ha realizado el ministerio en software libre en epidemiología.
Conversamos sobre la posibilidad de integrar los sistemas actuales con GNU Health, y su enlace con el sistema de epidemiología actual.

Aprovechando para almorzar

Quiero agradecer al Gobierno de Paraguay por su invitación y hospitalidad, en particular a Rosa González, Ana Ayala y Nicolás Caballero, quienes desde IWEEE Brasil mostraron su interés por llevar a cabo esta reunión. Gracias a Juan Carlos Ávalos y el equipo de logística por hacernos sentir como en casa !

Hoy Latinoamércia es un punto de referencia en la adopción de Software Libre en administración  y salud pública, brindando equidad y universalidad en salud a sus habitantes.

Por último, gracias a Richard Stallman, padre del software libre, quien habló del proyecto con Nicolás Caballero en su momento y nos refirió.
 
Acerca de GNU Health

GNU Health es el sistema Gestión Hospitalaria y de Información de salud de Software Libre que ofrece las siguientes funciones : 
  • Expediente Médico Electrónico (EMR)
  • Sistema de Gestión Hospitalaria (HIS)
  • Sistema de Información de Salud (Epidemiología)

GNU Health es parte de GNU Solidario, una ONG que implementa soluciones de Salud y Educación mediante software libre. 

GNU Health es software oficial del sistema GNU, adoptado por Richard Stallman y la Free Software Foundation. Las Naciones Unidas, por medio del Instituto Internacional de Salud Global, capacita y promueve el uso de GNU Health en los países donde tienen presencia. 

Gobiernos con GNU Health en sus Portales
  • Brasil : Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB) 
  • Comunidad Europea : OSOR / JoinUp

Página principal : health.gnu.org

sábado, 26 de noviembre de 2011

GNU Health at Paraguay Ministry of Public Health




I just got back from Paraguay, where we were invited by Mr. Nicolás Caballero from the Paraguayan Government to talk about GNU Health at the Social Security Institute (IPS - Instituto de Previsión Social ) and Ministry of Public Health .


It's great  to see how Paraguay is adopting Free Software in the Public Health System, working as a team, from the Presidency office, the Social Security Institute (IPS) and the Ministry of Public Health (MSPBS).

I noticed how the government conceives Health informatics as a public good, an integral component  of Public Health.   



At Dr. Emilio Cubas Hospital. The largest health center in Paraguay

We spent two non-stop days in Asunción, capital of Paraguay, visiting the different health centers and having meetings with health officials. In those meetings, Nicolas Caballero explained the latest and concrete resolutions that the Paraguayan government is taking on Free Software adoption in public health care. 

Nicolas Caballero and Social Security Institute (IPS) members


Luis Falcón, Nurhizam Safie, Cristina Melgosa, Rosa González and Ana Ayala (director of Informatics)  from IPS

After visiting the different health centers, we had a meeting with the information system team, with whom we discussed the technical details about GNU Health, such as the programming environment, security, scalability and reporting. 

Explaining technical details about GNU Health at the General Hospital



At Clinica Nanawa

Dr. Nurhizam Safie, from the United Nations University, Institute of Global Health explained the partnership with GNU Solidario, and implementation cases of GNU Health in Asia, Africa and Latinamerica.

Nurhizam stressed the commitment of the UNU - the academic branch of the United Nations - with GNU Health and the implementation in the Paraguayan Public Health system, as a way of delivering universality in health care. Today UNU provides training and capacity building in GNU Health implementations.  

Dr. Nurhizam Safie from United Nations University, talking about the UNU commitment to the project
Part of the Informatics department team at Central Hospital led by Rosa González

Ms. Rosa González, Social Security Institute chief of the informatics department, gave us an extensive tour throughout different health institutions and their departments. Among them: Pharmacy, Laboratory, Appointments, Inpatient administration and Imaging.

Rosa explained to her team that GNU Health is licensed under GPL, the GNU General Public License, so they have all the freedom to use and custumize GNU Health to fit their needs. I stressed the importance of working with the community, so the health informatics team can always ask questions in public forums and share with us their developments and bug fixes. GNU Health is the result of many contributions and feedback  from an international community and multi-disciplinary teams.


At the Geriatric Hospital



Dr Nurhizam, Cristina Melgosa and Rosa González at IPS entrance hall

On Friday afternoon we were invited by Dr. Graciela Gamarra, General Director of Strategic Health Information Systems, from the Health Ministry (Ministerio de Salud Pública y Bienestar Social). They showed us their current epidemiology systems that are being built on Free Software.
We also discussed on integrating all the current systems with GNU Health, and link it to the current epidemiology engine.

Taking a break

I want to thank the government of Paraguay for inviting us and for the hospitality, they made us feel at home.

But most importantly, I want to thank the government of Paraguay for the commitment with Free Software in Public Health. Latin America is today a leader in the adoption of Free Software in public administrations, delivering equity and universality in health care for their habitants.

Last but not least, thanks to Richard Stallman, who referred GNU Health to Nicolás Caballero , chief technology innovation officer of the Presidency office.  Thanks Nicolás for making this possible !

About GNU Health
GNU Health is a free Health and Hospital Information System that provides the following functionality :

  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Hospital Information System (HIS)
  • Health Information System

GNU Health is an official GNU Package and is part of GNU Solidario. GNU Solidario is a NGO that delivers education and health to emerging economies with free software.

GNU Health is the Hospital Information System chosen by the United Nations International Institute of Global Health. 

Main site : health.gnu.org

Governments hosting GNU Health through their portals :
  • European Commission (EU) , OSOR
  • Brazil: Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB)

sábado, 29 de octubre de 2011

GNU Health 1.4.1 released !

I'm happy to announce the release of GNU Health 1.4.1, in which we have incorporated support for PyPI, the Python Package Index

This version is compatible with the latest tryton release (2.2.0). Now GNU Health is also a set of python modules, fully integrated to the Python community.


Thanks to the magic of pip, and the help of the Tryton community ( Cedric Krier, et al ), installing the latest GNU Health version is as easy as running

pip install --user trytond_health_profile

This will install the requirements ( the tryton server and all the standard GNU Health modules ) automatically and in your "$HOME/.local" directory. I will be updating the installation process at the wiki today.
The main site is the GNU Savannah where all the development and discussion takes place.



There are many improvements, bug fixes and news features, some of them :

  • CalDav compatibility (it allows complex calendar views and settings for appointments and hospitalizations)
  • Support for JSON RPC protocol
  • Fully Tryton 2.2 compatible
  • Enhanced Medication form
  • New Medicament categories
  • Medication pregnancy category
  • Included the latest WHO essential medicines (17th edition)
  • New translation engine (to be used with .po format)
  • Improve Laboratory model and functionality

Thanks to all of you for contributing with your code, testing, translating and documenting the project !



About GNU Health
GNU Health (formerly known as "Medical") is a free (GPL license), Health and Hospital Information System that provides the following functionality :
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Hospital Information System (HIS)
  • Health Information System
GNU Health is an official GNU Package and is part of GNU Solidario. GNU Solidario is a NGO that delivers education and health to emerging economies with free software.

GNU Health is the Hospital Information System chosen by the United Nations International Institute of Global Health.

Main site : health.gnu.org

Governments hosting GNU Health through their portals :

martes, 4 de octubre de 2011

Developing countries NOT in the OpenERP agenda

This is a segment of the letter from Doctor Christoph Larsen, in April 2011, who was working in Rwanda and asked OpenERP for the upgrade scripts and OpenERP refused to give them to him. Dr. Larsen gave me his permission to publish it, so the community knows his point of view.

When Dr.Larsen sent me the mail, I started the migration to GNU Health in the Tryton environment. And no, this is no FUD, this is the reality of was has become of OpenERP.


[..] Please do realise that our group speaks an entirely different language: We do not target the profit-making market, and regarding the combination of OpenERP's Medical module, the underlying OpenERP backbone for health facility management and Bika Health, we are actually talking LDCs = read: Least Developed Countries. There is no money for any such partnerships, warranties and the like. People out there are haoy to learn from each other, and you will be surprised how keen they ARE to learn. BUT: A few thousand Euros for warranties (imagine a governmental multi-user installation!) - no way!!! In fact, I can tell you from my very own experience with various East and Central African governments that such upgrade path is an exclusion criterion in public tenders. Many governments, after having been burnt by numerous First World approaches to software expressively demand full and complete ownership, which includes control over the upgrade path. I cannot blame them, because, contrary to common belief in the West, there is no money left on the table, if we charge less for more. Instead, something might actually - in the end - arrive at the bottom end, for the patients' and grassroot's benefit.
A different market altogether. I would be delighted to see OpenERP provide the script, and with capable people like Luis, various other groups, the South African Bika team and myself, we might well figure out a beautiful and lively howto, how to go from verison 5 to 6, and further on. As you talked of 7 emails, by remote control, only, it is certainly easily doable! This is not a request for free services, but for transparency, and, yes, NO lock-in. At present, the Rwandan biomedical equipment management data are, in fact, locked in, into version 5. You may understand that this, and your change of policy, does not make such end user institutions happy. This also has serious consequences for users of the Medical module. It is utterly unthinkable that users (especially those in poor settings) cannot upgrade to a new version, and risk losing all they last version's data, without dishing out a few thousand Euros.Your input and an, as I most strongly believe, urgently required reconsideration of your strategy, are highly welcome.
With best regards,
Dr. Chris H. Larsen

Quite sad, isn't it ? Of course, no answer from OpenERP.  Clearly, developing or Least Developed Countries are not in the OpenERP agenda.

Luckily, we have now a much more robust Health system, official GNU Package, that is 100% free and community-based. If your center is stuck with OpenERP, please contact us and we'll be happy to help you out in the migration to Tryton.


 About GNU Health

GNU Health (formerly known as "Medical") is a free (GPL license), Health and Hospital Information System that provides the following functionality :
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Hospital Information System (HIS)
  • Health Information System
GNU Health is part of GNU Solidario. GNU Solidario is a NGO that delivers education and health to emerging economies with free software.

Main site : health.gnu.org

Governments and Institutions hosting GNU Health through their portals :

lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2011

Tordesillas, España. Año 2011.

Difícil contener las lágrimas ante tanta crueldad y sadismo.

Únicamente personas y políticos carentes de compasión , con un alma realmente enferma pueden permitir y disfrutar estos macabros espectáculos.



Hoy en día, este tipo de eventos son declarados de interés turístico. Ay mi Dios ! Qué sociedad podrida tenemos ... Dónde está la justicia ? O acaso el maltrato animal no está tipificado ? Pareciera que en España hay espacios donde lo macabro y lo sádico está amparado. No entiendo nada.

Por favor, terminemos con esta barbarie de una vez !

Señores políticos, por favor, atiendan el reclamo de la gran mayoría de los ciudadanos e ilegalicen este macabro negocio de las corridas de toros y otros eventos donde se maltratan a los animales. Sean un ejemplo de una sociedad moderna y humanitaria, donde se respetan a todos los animales.

Por último, a ti, lector, no dejes que te invada la desesperanza . Estoy convencido que con tu ayuda tendremos una sociedad más justa y compasiva.

Apoya al PACMA o a otro partido que abiertamente defienda los derechos humanos y de los animales y que condene públicamente el maltrato animal, en su significado más extenso.

GNU Health 1.3.3 released

I'm pleased to announce GNU Health 1.3.3

This version could be considered a milestone in itself, due the major changes and new features:


  • New naming convention of modules and models. From  medical to gnuhealth
  • New installation scripts (setup.py) . 
  • Major improvements in the Laboratory module. Now we have automatic visual alerts, possibility to exclude analytes from the analysis, qualitative and quantitative testing. Contextualize results in the patient status (gender, age, comorbidities ... ).

Screenshot of a sample lab report on GNU Health 1.3.3

As in every new release, bugs are fixed, navigation improved and new features are includes.

Since Health is now part of the official GNU system, the development is hosted at GNU Savannah.

Last but not least...  many thanks to Cedric and Tryton community for getting involved in the GNU Health project !

About GNU Health
GNU Health (formerly known as "Medical") is a free (GPL license), Health and Hospital Information System that provides the following functionality :
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Hospital Information System (HIS)
  • Health Information System
GNU Health is part of GNU Solidario. GNU Solidario is a NGO that delivers education and health to emerging economies with free software.

Main site : health.gnu.org

Governments hosting GNU Health through their portals :