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GNU Health Decision Support on Prescription Writing

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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 ).


So, from that very starting point, you have GNU Health …

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 a…

GNU Health Reporting

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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.

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.


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 fu…

QR codes in GNU Health

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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 identificationNewborn identification and wristbandElectronic prescriptionsHealth promotion and disease preventionHealth 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 centersor 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 h…