jueves, 20 de septiembre de 2012

GNU Health workshop at the United Nations for African and Asian countries

The United Nations International Institute for Global Health UNU-IIGH - have sucessfully delivered another GNU Health training, in their "Free Software Hospital Information System Development Workshop" .

The workshop was held during September 10-14th, at the the United Nations University facilities in Malaysia. There were delegates from Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Cambodia, Tajikistan, Sudan, Kenya and Morrocco.

This event has been in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia. From UNU IIGH website, "This programme is in line with UNU-IIGH’s goal of information dissemination and capacity building in developing countries towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, among which is accessible quality healthcare for everyone"

GNU Health training partitipants at the United Nations IIGH

I'm very happy to see the increasing adoption GNU Health and Free Software in public Health. Thanks to our partners from the UNU-IIGH for their commitment with Free Software in healthcare, because Free Software provides freedom and sustainability to health care, no matter their economic status.

eHealth for all !


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 has been awarded the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation in 2012.

GNU Health is an official GNU Package , chosen by Richard Stallman, 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.  GNU Solidario and the United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health have signed an agreement to implement and to train GNU Health globally.


Main site : health.gnu.org



martes, 11 de septiembre de 2012

Tordesillas : No habrá paz sin justicia


Otra vez estos sádicos asesinos se han burlado de la sociedad civilizada, torturando y acribillando a un ser indefenso. 


Volante fue acribillado el 11/9/2012

Estoy harto del doble discurso de estos corruptos. Tienen las manos manchadas de sangre. Acribillan a seres inocentes para el disfrute de unos psicópatas. Son el ejemplo de un sector de la sociedad desprovista de corteza cerebral prefrontal que frene sus impulsos más primitivos.

El PP y PSOE son cómplices de dicha atrocidadEl alcalde de Tordesillas, José Antonio González Poncela, apoya abiertamente el macabro evento, en la página oficial del PSOE . Les pido a aquellos miembros que están en contra de estas barbaridades que lo denuncien públicamente. Ser político o religioso implica - o debería implicar - activismo y lucha por los ideales, y no una forma de llenarse los bolsillos de dinero.

Dónde está la iglesia católica, que debería defender de los más débiles ?  

Hoy hemos llorado, indignados al ver como un pueblo de psicópatas daba muerte de la manera más cruel a un animalito indefenso, asustado y débil.

España, qué lejos estamos de sociedades civilizadas! Europa le queda muy grande a un país de toreros y de gobernantes corruptos, que mientras cierran hospitales promueven la barbarie. 

Televisión Española, herramienta de difusión del Partido Popular,  vuelve a incluir en su programación la barbarie de las corridas de toros, para que nuestros hijos vean asesinato en vivo. Qué vergüenza.  Los corruptos siguen enmascarando el negocio económico con términos como "fiesta nacional" o "evento de interés cultural".

Volante, tu muerte no será en vano. No le daremos paz a estos asesinos. No tendrán paz. Cada vez somos más fuertes.... Tenemos todo el derecho a rebelarnos y utilizar todas las herramientas legales para cambiar el futuro, y hacer de España un país civilizado y compasivo.

Está en nosotros el generar un futuro mejor a nuestros hijos y a los animales de cualquier especie.

sábado, 8 de septiembre de 2012

El mundo en contra de la barbarie de Tordesillas

Es muy lindo y motivador saber que de distintas partes del mundo estamos recibiendo el apoyo en contra de la barbaridad del Toro de la Vega.

Por medio de las redes sociales se han armado manifestaciones en Argentina, Brasil, Ecuador y Perú, por nombrar algunos de los muchos lugares donde expresaremos nuestro repudio a los corruptos y asesinos que generan tanto sufrimiento y dolor.

Se me mezclan los sentimientos de rabia, tristeza e indignación al ver como parte de la clase política y el gobierno de España no sólo permite, sino promueve este tipo de espectáculos, convirtiéndolos en eventos de "interés cultural".


Interés cultural ? Sinvergüenzas ! Interés de sus bolsillos manchados de sangre por tanto asesinato de criaturas indefensas.

Señores políticos que apoyan estos atroces espectáculos basados en el maltrato animal : sus almas están negras y espero que algún día terminen en la cárcel. La justicia universal ya los ha condenado y no tendrán paz.


Qué les puedo decir a los cobardes, psicópatas estructurales que disfrutan alanceando a un animal indefenso, cortándole el rabo en vida y enterrándole en reiteradas ocasiones un destornillador ?


Estoy convencido que mi país, España, terminará con esta camada de corruptos, asesinos y maltratadores. La mayoría del pueblo está en contra. Por si fuera poco, ahora tenemos el apoyo fenomenal de las redes sociales y nuestros amigos de muchos países.





Gracias a Argentina, Brasil, Perú, Holanda, Ecuador, Uruguay y todos aquellos que nos apoyan, dentro y fuera de España para terminar de una vez con el negocio de la tortura y la muerte animal.




Ruego a los políticos que cancelen el macabro "torneo" del "Toro de la Vega" en Tordesillas de este domingo. Estén a la altura del cargo que se les ha otorgado y hagan de España un país civilizado y respetuoso de todos los animales. El 11 de septiembre, el mundo estará expectante de lo que pase en Tordesillas...

Actualización 10/9//2012

Video de la manifestación en la embajada de España en Buenos Aires

video


sábado, 23 de junio de 2012

La vergüenza nacional

Esta es la fiesta nacional. Esta es la cruel realidad detrás del mundo de los espectáculos taurinos. Los toreros, estos desalmados que masacran al indefenso animal, son llamados "maestros" y "artistas".

Hasta cuándo debemos soportar esta barbaridad ? Hasta cuándo nuestros hijos tendrán que estar expuestos a estos aberrantes "espectáculos" en la televisión pública ?

No olvidemos que mientras el actual gobierno español recorta en educación y en sanidad, sigue subvencionando y promocionando estos macabros y sádicos eventos .

Gracias a los amigos del PACMA y resto de organizaciones defensoras de los animales por luchar por un futuro más justo y humano, que tanto necesita este mundo.

Les advierto que el video es fuerte, pero es importante terminar con la mentira que el mundo de la tauromaquia intenta instaurar. La tortura no es ni arte ni cultura.




Letrado, 5º toro de la tarde del 30 mayo 2012 en Las Ventas from PACMA TV on Vimeo.

domingo, 3 de junio de 2012

GNU Health 1.6 series released

I'm proud to announce GNU Health 1.6 series !

This series brings a lot of exciting features, both from the technical and functional point of views.
On the technical side, the most important one is the compatibility with Tryton 2.4, and the demo database, so you can test it with data.


On the functional side, improvements in the gynecology module, especially in terms of screening (mammography, PAP tests, colposcopies... ) and history taking.
There has been major changes in the services and billing functionality, making easy the tracking of all the services done to a patient, and what would be subject to invoicing.

Evaluations per doctor chart in GNU Health

Some of the features in the 1.6 series, in brief :
  • Compatible with Tryton 2.4
  • Full Patient clinical history reporting in LibreOffice
  • Included demo database with over 500 patients 
  • Realtime charts and statistics graphics
  • Automatic  doctor assignment in patient evaluations
  • Add Gynecological Screening History - Mammography, PAP and colposcopy
  • Improve patient evaluation , diffferential diagnosis and secondary conditions
  • Add disease groups, very useful for epidemiology
  • Better patient and contact tracking
  • Initial Tuberculosis lab tests, included in the MDG (Millennium Development Goal # 6 ) module.

We have also included the Health services module,

Health Services form in GNU Health

This new module allows to group all the services done to a patient, in either ambulatory or inpatient settings. The module will give the health center the possibility to also invoice selected services to a specific party (patient, insurance company .. ). Since the services are linked to products, the health center will keep a detailed record of the drugs and consumables used. They will also be able to relate the lab orders.


Thank you to all of you who have contributed to this new version of GNU Health. Thanks to the Tryton community for the great Tryton 2.4; to my colleagues from Thymbra for developing the graphics / reporting module (Sebastián), working on the documenation and testing (Cristina and Selene) and, of course, to all the GNU Health and GNU community for adopting and hosting our project !


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 has been awarded the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation in 2012.

GNU Health is an official GNU Package , chosen by Richard Stallman, 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) , JoinUp

    Brazil: Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB)

domingo, 1 de abril de 2012

GNU Health wins FSF Project of Social Benefit

Just got back to Buenos Aires after a 10 days in the United States and El Salvador, and finally got some time to write about the award, what it means to GNU Solidario and to the community at large.
The FSF's ceremony took place at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMass) on Sunday March 25th, during the LibrePlanet 2012 conference. On the ceremony, there were two awards :

  • Award for the Advancement of Free Software:Yukihiro Matsumoto, creator of the Ruby Programming Language. Congratulations Matz !
  • Award for the Project of Social Benefit : GNU Health
Richard Stallman and Luis Falcon
As stated by the FSF, the Award for Projects of Social Benefit is presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, or the ideas of the free software movement, in a project that intentionally and significantly benefits society in other aspects of life. This award stresses the use of free software in the service of humanity.

GNU Health won award for Project of Social Benefit 2011
I want to thank the committee for choosing GNU Health : Suresh Ramasubramanian, Peter H. Salus, Wietse Venema, Raj Mathur, Hong Feng, Andrew Tridgell, Jonas Oberg, Vernor Vinge, Richard Stallman, Fernanda G. Weiden, Harald Welte, and Rob Savoyes.

Luis Falcon holding the award and the mascot

We take this award with great pride, but also with great responsibility. We share this award with novel previous winners  Wikipedia, Creative Commons, Internet Archives, Groklaw, Tor and Sahana Disaster Management System .

I see Free Software as social activism. GNU Health goal is to improve the lives of the underprivileged by means of Free Software.  We deliver a Free Health and Hospital Information System to health centers all around the world. Because is Free (Freedom), the software belongs to them. They can modify it, improve it, and localize it to their needs ! This is the Free Software philosophy.

GNU Health provides the basis for sustainable and universal medicine, no matter the economical status of the health center or the patient. After all, Health is a non-negotiable human right and never should belong to the greedy corporations. Health is a public good, and so it should be health informatics.

Yukihiro Matsumoto "Matz" and Luis Falcon

I want to thank the Free Software Foundation and his creator, Richard Stallman, for creating the environment for social justice and equity. 

Thank you to the Free Software community : Python, Postgresql, Tryton, GNU/Linux, GnuPG and Wikimedia foundation are just some of the building blocks for GNU Health. Without a free software community, GNU Health wouldn't exist.

Thank you to the governments adopting Free Software as a Public good.

Thank you to the community, to all of you who contribute your time and talent to improve GNU Health !
Finally, I want to dedicate this award to the men and women who anonymously give their lives to help the underprivileged. You are an example for all of us !

For more information, please check the official announcement at the Free Software Foundation  : 


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 , chosen by Richard Stallman, 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) , JoinUp

    Brazil: Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB)

domingo, 18 de marzo de 2012

GNU Health MDG 6 and NTDs


Introduction

The United Nations signed in September 2000 the Millennium Declaration, to fight poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women .

Chaco: El Centro Man...
The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) has derived from the Millennium declaration and it has 8 goals. MDG 6 focuses on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

On the other hand, there is 1 billion (1,000 million) people living with tropical infectious diseases that could represent the "other diseases" part of the MDG 6. This group is named Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).  These are diseases of the poorest, that makes them socially excluded and stigmatized. 

GNU Solidario believes that Free Software is a key factor to accomplish these goals. GNU Health, the Free Health and Hospital Information System will help the health centers, researches, NGOs and professionals and volunteers to eradicate these devastating diseases.


What are GNU Health MDG 6 and GNU Health NTDs ?

health_mdg6 is a GNU Health module that incorporates the Millennium Development Goal # 6, to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 

GNU Health will incorporate the specific functionality to help prevent, diagnose, treat and control each of these devastating diseases.

The health_mdg6 module will maintain the multi-disciplinary approach, providing tools to the social worker, nurse, biochemist, laboratory , pharmacist, epidemiologist and physician, integrating the health professional into the community.

So, for example, upon a new possible case of active Tuberculosis (TB), GNU Health will execute the following actions : Detect and notify the contacts of the patient; Start profilaxis treatment on contacts ; Create a new laboratory order for culture and antibiogram and check for the strain resistance ; verify the DOTS (Direct Observed Treatment Short) on the patient ; Check the stock for the PPD test-kits and do a forecast for the existing anti-tuberculosis medicaments; Check for availability of special rooms if there is need for hospitalization; inform the health authorities of a new case; start a new prevention campaign.

The health_ntd will cover the Neglected Tropical Diseases.


What diseases will cover GNU Health MDG 6 and NTD?

health_mdg6. The diseases stated in first part the WHO MDG 6: 
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis

health_ntds. Neglected Tropical diseases that affect 1 billion (1000 million) people. Diseases are dynamic by nature, so the list can include emerging diseases at any time, but the initial list will contain :

  • Guinea Worm
  • Lymphatic Filariasis
  • Blinding Trachoma
  • Sleeping Sickness
  • Leprosy
  • Soil Transmitted-Helminths
  • Schistosomiasis
  • River Blindness
  • Chagas
  • Visceral Leishmaniasis
  • Dengue

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 , chosen by Richard Stallman, 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) , JoinUp

    Brazil: Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB)

jueves, 23 de febrero de 2012

GNU Health Decision Support on Prescription Writing

In this entry I will briefly talk about how GNU Health can help the professional in making the best decision, and how to minimize mistakes.

I will focus in prescription writing and how we're incorporating DS (Decision Support) to GNU Health.

GNU Health uses the WHO (World Health Organization) essential list of medicines by default, so you already have a very nice and updated set for your daily practice.

The medicament model incorporates the pregnancy category. In this case, we have opted for the FDA pregnancy categories, but you can configure GNU Health to use another categorization system.

In the next screenshot, you can see a list of medicines, with an specific color, that specifies the pregnancy category. That visual aid quickly differentiate those medicaments to avoid use in pregnancy (all in categories D and - especially category X ), from those that will be generally safe to use (such as those in categories A and B ).
 

Color encoded WHO list of essential medicines by FDA pregnancy category


So, from that very starting point, you have GNU Health assisting you visually to choose the right drug. 

After you have finished the prescription writing process, GNU Health does different checks in relation to the patient you are writing the prescription.

In its simplest form, let's check the next example. GNU Health checks the patient sex and age, and determines the risks associated to that patient. In this case, the patient belongs to a potential childbearing / fertile group. So, GNU Health will set a verification flag and will remind the health professional to ask the patient basic but very important questions about the patient status, such as :

- Is she pregnant
- Is the patient planning to become pregnant
- In the case of pregnancy, in which trimester is she in

In other words, GNU Health will stop us from making the prescription until we have verified that what we are prescribing is an educated and thoughtful decision, the best possible for our patient.

By the way GNU Health keeps record of the gynecological and obstetric status of the patient, but this might be the first encounter or her medical record might be in another center that has some dark privative software that does not share the information ;-)

GNU Health prescription verification process in specific patients

Of course, the ultimate decision will always be on the doctor. This type of Decision support we aim to minimize common pitfalls due to fatigue, inexperience, etcetera that can jeopardize the wellbeing of the patient.

Many thanks to Dr. Christoph Larsen and Andrew Gledhill (NHS) that have helped me in the process.

We will definitely enhance the Decision Support from GNU Health, such as in the clinical context, always keeping simplicity and just as a guiding / aiding tool for the professional.

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 , chosen by Richard Stallman, 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) , JoinUp

    Brazil: Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB)

lunes, 6 de febrero de 2012

GNU Health new partner in India


It's great to see how fast the GNU Health community is growing, not only in installations, but in companies and institutions delivering implementation and training.
The latest service and training provider is Serpent Consulting Services in India. 

"Serpent Consulting Services feels immense pleasure to say that we are in partnership with Thymbra and supporting GNU Health" , said Jay Vora, Managing Director from Serpent CS.

So, now, besides de supporting governments (like Brazil or the European Community ) and multilateral organizations (like United Nations ), there are private companies that are commited to Free Software in health care using GNU Health.

We'll be generating a map with all the service and training partners in the world, so you can choose the one closest to you.

This raise in the number of service and training providers show that Free Software is both ethical and a great business model.
Thank you to all the health professionals and the community at large that contribute with their talent in suggestions, questions, answers and bug reports.

Finally, our gratitude goes to the GNU project, Richard Stallman and the Free Software Foundation , for adopting GNU Health in their GNU System !

We fight for equity in health care. We deliver health and education with Free Software universally, and it would have been impossible without your contribution.

If you provide services around GNU Health and want your company to be shown in the services section of http://health.gnu.org send us a mail to health@gnusolidario.org and we'll be happy to publish it.

Remember that, as in today, GNU Health runs on Tryton ... just in case ;-)

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 , chosen by Richard Stallman, 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) , JoinUp

    Brazil: Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB)


All the best

Luis Falcon
President
GNU Solidario

domingo, 5 de febrero de 2012

GNU Health Reporting

In the last blog I talked about the QR codes integration in GNU Health.

Today I am very happy to  show a couple of reports from GNU Health, done in the Tryton (Relatorio and Libre Office) framework.

In GNU Health you can generate complex dynamic reports. In the next two examples, the patient and newborn information is displayed. Some of the information is encoded in the QR code.

Patient ID card report on GNU Health

Tryton allows you to create dynamic LibreOffice reports, and these two examples show how we can embed functions, real-time graphics or change the font color depending on the gender of the patient, to name a few capabilities of this great environment.


Newborn wristband Identification, with all the information encoded in QR

We show again how Free Software (Tryton, Libre Office, Python, Postgresql, GNU/Linux, ... ) allow us doing anything we need. So, please use Free software. It's ethical.  

We fight for equity in Health care, and one way of doing so is by using Free Software !


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 , chosen by Richard Stallman, 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) , JoinUp

    Brazil: Portal do Software Público Brasileiro (SPB)


jueves, 2 de febrero de 2012

QR codes in GNU Health

QR (Quick Response) codes are great, versatile matrix-encoded graphs. Unlike traditional bar codes, they allow to store a lot more information and can be read from most mobile devices.

GNU Health, the Free Health and Hospital Information System now supports QR codes, which will have many uses. To name a few :

  • Patient identification
  • Newborn identification and wristband
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Health center Inventory control

So, anyone with a camera enabled tablet, game console or cell phone can read QR codes. This generates a great scenario for Health promotion. 

We now can have posters in health centers or schools , providing the guidelines for prevention of obesity, diabetes, tuberculosis, HIV, teenage pregnancy, etcetera, all of them with  the proper links with the proper links  so they can be read at home. They can be shared among friends or social networks.

Here is a small demo that you can scan with your favorite QR reader. 


In GNU Health, we have found that all the items enumerated above will help all parties. From the social worker, the health professional, the patient, the families and the ministry of health.

Example on how GNU Health encodes newborn information using QR codes 


There are many applications in the social and medical fields that we can encode in this format, so please give us your feedback and we'll be happy to incorporate it !

We fight for equality in health care, and incorporating QR codes into GNU Health is just one more step forward.

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)


jueves, 19 de enero de 2012

IWEEE 2012 Granada : Commitment


The International Workshop on e-health in Emerging Economies (IWEEE) keeps getting better on each edition ! This time we celebrated it during the days 11th and 12th of January in Granada, Spain.

IWEEE is organized by GNU Solidario, and it has become the central point to discuss  Free Software in Health . 

As our friend Cesar Brod mentioned, IWEEE 2012 has been the most successful and collaborative of all. Two days of very interesting presentations and a very productive round table.

In this two-days event, we had been honored by the delegates of the following institutions :

  • United Nations University (UNU)
  • Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
  • Government of Brazil
  • Government of Paraguay
  • International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA)
  • European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI)
  • Free Software Community : BrodtecDomatix, FSF, NaN, Nextma and Thymbra

These two days have been very busy, with many great presentations and a fruitful round table, were we have set up goals to achieve in this year 2012, in terms of free software adoption in ehealth, standards, implementations, documentation, mobile integration and interoperability, among others.
Thanks to the United Nations delegates, to Raúl Zambrano from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and to Dr. Salleh, Dr. Syed and Dr. Nurhizam from United Nations University, Institute of Global Health, not only for their active role in their presentations and round table, but for sponsoring the event.

Thank you Inma, Anne, Thang, Manuel and Ludovic from Doctors without Borders. Having MSF among us is very motivating. You are an example to follow inside and outside the field. We all learn a lot from your experience and suggestions !

Team from IWEEE 2012 - Granada

Thank you to the representatives of Latin America governments. Cesar Brod, from the government of Brazil, who has been present since the first edition of IWEEE, and the hosts of IWEEE Brazil for all these years. Thank you all to our friends from the government of Paraguay, to Nicolas Caballero who proposed the IWEEE in Granada, and to Dr. Gamarra, who was the delegate of Paraguay Ministry of Health at the round table. This shows how the South has taken the lead in adopting Free Software.

Ironically, there was nobody from the Andalusian Autonomous Government (Junta de Andalucía). Hopefully next time we'll have them. It would have been nice to share and discuss with them what is being done in e-health using Free Software.

Thank you Thomas Karopka and Etienne Saliez, also "founding fathers" of IWEEE, whose contribution and participation since the first edition has been key for the increasing success of IWEEE. Thank you Frank Lievens (Medetel) for coming over and for promoting the conference over these years !

Thanks to the Free Software community, represented by Joice Käfer (Brodtec); Albert Cervera (NaN); Carlos Sánchez; Pablo José (FSF);Nacho, Angel and Roberto (Domatix), and Adbrahman from NEXTMA, from Morocco. We need to keep on growing this community to be able to deliver solutions to more institutions and improve the quality of the current eHealth systems. 

Last but not least, thanks to Selene and Cristina, who made sure everything went as planned !

IWEEE has become the reference and meeting point for Free Software in Health, and it's all thanks to you. Personally, I had a great time in Granada and learned a lot from all of you !

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in IWEEE 2013 . We'll also wait for our UNU-IIGH and Brazilian friends for specific dates in IWEEE Kuala Lumpur and Brazil for this year. 

We'll be uploading the pictures from the two days and night. We will also upload the presentations to the IWEEE homepage shortly.