domingo, 22 de mayo de 2011

Thymbra Academy OpenERP: May 16-20, 2011


Thymbra Academy: May 16-20: What a Great Week.

Sorry I couldn't be there, but I was on the MEDICAL European Tour !
Again this Thymbra OpenERP Academy was a total success. I hope to see you next time.

Here are some pics :




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Indignados demonstration in Spain. Analogies in Free Software community

Yesterday I returned to Buenos Aires from my European tour. It was a very productive week in Geneva and Barcelona, talking about MEDICAL with colleagues, partners, and organizations interested in implementing and joining the MEDICAL project. We also talked about the next version of MEDICAL, Tryton and OpenERP.

Angel, Albert Cervera (Nan Tic) and Luis Falcón in Barcelona
 

Nice dinner with the NaN tic guys. We talked about the OpenERP community, and the need of having a governance in Free Software projects without censorship  or being partial. We all see today how speculators are getting into the "open source" and the techniques they are using to lock-in users.

As I said in an interview last year in OpenERP ( http://www.openerp.com/node/549 ), at the end of the day, is your actions what counts, not the tools that you use. By the way, I hope this interview remains there and won't be censored, as my latest emails ;)

Cool street names in Barcelona :)


Finally, I had the chance to go and support the "Indignados" demonstration in Plaza Cataluña, against politicians and private companies responsible of the crisis that we - as the community - have to suffer.

"Indignados" demonstration in Barcelona


After all, greed puts at risk the development and dignity of communities. The same greedy hands are the ones destroying societies and the free software projects.

Luckily, these people in Barcelona and in the rest of Spain, as well as the free software advocates,  have the conviction to fight for our dignity and future.





Bests
Luis

viernes, 20 de mayo de 2011

MEDICAL welcomes Tryton !

I have great news for the Free Software advocates.
 


We have started working in extending MEDICAL to support the Tryton ERP. Tryton is a great ERP with a solid free software philosophy, not only for releasing the source code, but by having NO LOCK-IN policies. So this is what we will achieve


Freedom of choice : Now the user will have complete freedom in Operating System, Database or ERP . The user will be able to choose from OpenERP or Tryton.

- Guarantee Upgrades : MEDICAL must rely on an architecture that allows the user to upgrade their infrastructure. The users and health centers should have the upgrade tools and documentation to update the operating system, database and ERP at no cost if they choose to do. Today we see that concept in GNU/Linux, Postgresql and Tryton. This schema guarantees that the end user has the best and most updated MEDICAL version, as well as the underlining components.

In this sense, we, as a community, will always be vigilant to any lock-in strategy in the underlying software (operating system, database or ERP) that could compromise its sustainability.

Many organizations around the world have chosen MEDICAL to improve the lives of the underprivileged. This community keeps growing because not only because of its technical capabilities, but also because of the free software philosophy behind it.


- Vendor independence : We, as a community, can NOT depend on a single vendor or group of vendors for the future of MEDICAL (or any free software solution for that matter). MEDICAL does not belong to Thymbra. MEDICAL is part of a non-for-profit organization, GNU Solidario, which can not be bought or fall into speculators hands. MEDICAL is a public good.

- Back to the roots : We need to get back to the origins of Free Software. As I said, this is not about only "open source", but about community and ethics.

I believe that today we have the perfect scenario of freedom of choice, vendor independence, no lock-in policies of any type, community and evolution. These factors guarantee the sustainability of MEDICAL for the current and all the next installations around the world.
 
We will of course keep on developing MEDICAL so it will have the same functionality in all the environments (OpenERP, Tryton, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD...).

Today is a great day for MEDICAL and for Free Software.

About Medical

Medical is a free (GPL license), centralized Health and Hospital Information System that provides the following functionality :
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Hospital Information System (HIS)
  • Health Information System
Medical is part of GNU Solidario ( http://gnusolidario.org/en ) . GNU Solidario is a NGO that delivers education and health solutions with free software.


Governments hosting Medical through their portals :

domingo, 8 de mayo de 2011

Pediatric Symptoms Checklist - PSC - in MEDICAL

MEDICAL, the Free Health and Hospital Information System has incorporated the PSC to its latest development branch.
The Pediatric Symptoms Checklist - PSC - has been developed by Dr. Michael Jellinek and Dr. Michael Murphy  from the Massachusetts General Hospital.

The authors define the PSC as "a brief screening questionnaire that is used by pediatricians and other health professionals to improve the recognition and treatment of psychosocial problems in children" 


PSC patient section in MEDICAL

MEDICAL uses the standard PSC form - to be completed by the parents - and will include the Y-PSC.

MEDICAL automatically calculates the total PSC score, based upon form values. It also highlights the evaluations that might indicate a child psychosocial impairment.

The PSC cutoff values will be localized to the different countries (Japan, Germany, Holland ...), so it will fit their recommended cutoffs.

Sample data of PSC in MEDICAL


I want to thank Drs. Michael Jellinek and Michael Murphy for developing PCS, as well as Sandra Bishop, PhD and María Pagano, PhD from further investigating and working on this great system. I specially thank them for making it a free resource, for the well-being of all the childrens around the world. If you use the PSC functionality of MEDICAL in your health center, please send them a note !


Thank you
Luis Falcón
lfalcon@gnusolidario.org



About Medical

Medical is a free (GPL license), centralized Health and Hospital Information System for OpenERP that provides the following functionality :
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
  • Hospital Information System (HIS)
  • Health Information System
Medical is part of GNU Solidario ( http://gnusolidario.org/en ) . GNU Solidario is a NGO that delivers education and health solutions with free software.


Governments hosting Medical through their portals :