domingo, 14 de julio de 2013

GNU Health at Care for the World - MedInfo 2013



I'm delighted to participate in Medinfo 2013 and talk about GNU Health in two different sessions:
  • Care for the World Symposium: Collaboration, Openness, Transparency and Trust as Prerequisite for High Quality, Effective and Efficient Health Care.
  • Moving Beyond eHealth Systems for ‘People Like Us’ 


Care for the World Symposium

Care for the World is a symposium organized by Thomas Karopka ( BioCon Valley GmbH, Germany), that I have the privilege to represent GNU Solidario, joining my colleagues Syed Aljunid and Nurhizam Safie (United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health, Malaysia );  Holger Schmuhl (Institute for Biological and Medical Imaging, Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany) and Kjeld Lisby (Ideas Clinic, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark

I will talk about GNU Health, the Free Health and Hospital Information System, and discuss the benefits that Free Software provides to Public Health. I will put focus in Primary Health Care; The MDG6 and Neglected Tropical Diseases functionalty in GNU Health.

Abstract
While the Global South still struggles to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the health systems of the Global North are under pressure due to an aging population and life style related diseases. In 2000 the Millennium Development Goals have been formulated with the major goal of freeing people from extreme poverty and multiple deprivations. Three of the goals are linked to health, namely reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Three years before the deadline at the end of 2015 the world has met some important targets while others remain to be seen. In this mini-symposium two different but related methodologies will be presented that are regarded by the authors as the most powerful principles to provide high-quality, efficient and effective health care in a global context. These two methodologies are the use of Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) and Open & User Driven Innovation. This mini-symposium provides real world best practice examples of these methodologies. The chosen best practice examples represent a Global South and a Global North perspective and context and will highlight the potential of combining these approaches and are intended to induce a process of mutual learning and exchange of experience among Global South/Global North as well as different communities and different parts of the world.

Moving Beyond eHealth Systems for "People Like Us" 

This workshop is organized by Paul Turner (eHealth Services Research Group, University of Tasmania, Australia) , Andre Kushniruk (School of Health Information Science, University of Victoria, Canada), Pernille Bertelsen (Department of Development and Planning, Virtual Centre for Health Informatics, Aalborg University, Denmark )

For this workshop, I will demonstrate how we can enhance the interaction with the Patient and the Health Center, as well as the Doctor-Patient relationship using GNU Health and Free Software. Simple, yet effective solutions that cover from mobile integration to Patient Digital IDs and e-prescriptions for people that don't have the technical or academic background.

Abstract
The tendency to design personal ehealth systems for well to do technically literate professionals, rather than average or disadvantaged users (the PLU problem), has been described previously, but is not yet well understood. This interactive workshop will introduce attendees to the PLU problem, expose them to a simulated experience of being a disadvantaged system user, and encourage them to share their experiences of systems which may exclude disadvantaged users. Attendees will also discuss ideas and potential solutions for the design of more inclusive ehealth systems, and identify positive steps which could ameliorate or avoid the problem in the future. Key outputs of the workshop will include a summary of the information provided by attendees, draft criteria for identifying potential PLU-type problems, and an interim list of possible or actual solutions.


Many thanks to MedInfo for this great event, and especially to Thomas Karopka (Chair IMIA OS WG) and Paul Turner (Associate Professor, eHealth Services Research Group, University of Tasmania, Australia) for inviting me to be part of their symposium and workshop. It's an honor for me to share with you such an important event, and to promote the adoption of Free Software in Public Health.

Looking forward to meeting all of you in Copenhagen !


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

  • Health Information System (Demographics, Epidemiology)
  • Hospital Information System
  • Electronic Medical Record
GNU Health won the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation, among other international awards.

GNU Health is an official GNU Package , and is part of GNU Solidario, an NGO that delivers health with free software. GNU Solidario and the United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health have signed an agreement to implement and to train Health professionals GNU Health around the world.

GNU Health was presented at the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Communication Union (ITU) session "ICT for Improving Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health" at the World Summit on the Information Society - WSIS 2013 Forum in Geneva.
Main site : health.gnu.org

domingo, 26 de mayo de 2013

Reflections from GNU Health at WHO - ITU session WSIS 2013


This month of May I had the immense privilege to be a guest speaker in the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Communication Union (ITU) session "ICT for Improving Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health" at the World Summit on the Information Society - WSIS 2013 Forum.


The title of my presentation was "GNU Health : Improving Children and Mothers Lives with Free Software".  The presentation was on May 14th, and it was transmitted live over the Internet.

At WHO headquarters in Geneva

I keep thinking about the tremendous levels of maternal and child death, most of them from preventable diseases. This thoughts are the main drive to develop GNU Health, a tool to improve the health of millions of people in developing countries with Free Software. 



At the WSIS Forum 2013 inauguration session
GNU Health has at its heart Primary Care and the Alma Ata Declaration. We only change a letter from that declaration. To the original "Health for all", we added the "e" to become "eHealth for all".

Tily Martin and Miguel Falcon from GNU Solidario


In this sense, we fight to make health  - and eHealth - a public good. Governments should use Free Software as a way to achieve sustainable state policies in the field of public health. 

Luis Falcon during the session

It's heartbreaking to see countries paying millions of dollars to corporations in freedom-denying software licenses. Think about putting that money to improve health promotion and disease prevention campaigns, or to improve the salaries of the health professionals; or to improve the infrastructure of many health centers, just to name some ideas.


Keeping along the Alma Ata Declaration and Primary Health Care, medical technology should be accessible, affordable and feasible. We don't need expensive, science fiction hardware of software, we need affordable and effective tools in health care.

 
Tily Martin, Dr. Alberto Lazzero and Luis Falcon

In the talk I presented the GNU Health implementation case of a Public Hospital in Entre Rios, Argentina. GNU Health manages the city demographics, socioeconomics, families,  patient evaluations, laboratory, stock and pharmacy, hospitalizations, financial accounting, human resources and medical imaging, to name a few processes within the health center. The health center only had to invest in buying desktops in the health professional offices.

Dr. Jordi Serrano, Luis Falcon and Mr. Hani Eskandar

Health informatics is just a tool to optimize the health professional, health center and health authorities. It's not science fiction and should never replace the human factor. The role of the health professional, integrated with the patient, families and society is irreplaceable.



I had the honor to share the panel with Dr. Véronique Thouvenot (ITU), Dr. Misha Kay (WHO eHealth Unit), Mr. Hani Eskandar (ITU), Dr Ousmane Ly (National Mali Telemedicine Agency), Dr. Jordi Serrano Pons (UniversalDoctors) and Prof. Peter Bruck ( World Summit Award). 


eHealth Session Panelists

 
My gratitude goes to WSIS and WHO for inviting me to such an important event, and for putting Free Software (FLOSS) in the agenda. Free Software care keeps alive the Alma Ata Declaration and Primary Health Care, providing equity and universality. Health must remain a non-negotiable human right, and the free software community should be a key component to achieve this goal.

Some links :

WSIS Agenda
Pictures from Day 2 sessions



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 (Epidemiology)

GNU Health has been awarded the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation in 2012. 
In 2013, GNU Health received the awards for  most revolutionary Free Software and software with the largest potential from PortalProgramas.

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.  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

miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2013

Richard Stallman at IWEEE 2013 . Webm format


Just wanted to share Richard Stallman's interview at the GNU Solidario's International Workshop on e-Health in Emerging Economies - IWEEE 2013 -. (in Spanish)

As Richard and the Free Software community request, the following video is in encoded in WebM format.

video

The video in webm format can also be downloaded here  : http://www.iweee.org/presentations/2013-las_palmas/IWEEE_2013_stallman.webm

IWEEE is the annual GNU Solidario workshop that focuses in Free Software solutions for the health care sector, especially for developing countries

This year we had speakers from :

  • UNESCO chair of Telemedicine
  • The Free Software Foundation
  • Doctors without Borders
  • ZoHE
  • Thymbra
  • El Salvador Health Ministry
  • Caritas
  • GNU Solidario
  • Red Cros
  • MedFloss
  • University of Georgia
  • EpSOS -. The European eHealth Project
  • Ingenia
  • BikaLabs
  • BrainOS

IWEEE keeps getting bigger and better ! Thanks to all of you who contributed to this great workshop and we're looking forward to seeing you at IWEEE 2014 !




GNU Health 1.8 is out, with Android support

It's been a couple of weeks since the release of GNU Health series 1.8, and we're thrilled on the evolution of the system, and its adoption by the community.

This latest series is compatible with Tryton 2.6.x and has many improvements, in the core and reporting modules, among others. As usual, the migration from previous versions are included.

The other good news is that, being compatible with Tryton 2.6 allows the connection from mobile devices with the Android Operating System
Thanks to the great Tryton development framework, and to the fantastic job done by SCIL  and Bio Eco Forests, who sponsored and paid for the project,  in the development of the Android client for Tryton, GNU Health servers can now be accessed directly from your mobile device.

Screenshot of GNU Health running on a Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone

You can find the Android client on Google Play . For the development process, check the SCIL page .

There are more good news on the way. The web client is also around the corner, and we will have 3 different ways to connect to GNU Health. From the standard GTK interface, the Android client, or your web browser.

Make sure you upgrade your database to the latest GNU Health version. The upgrade scripts and the instructions are always incorporated in the new version. The upgrade process is an integral part of GNU Health and, of course, it's completely free.

e-Health 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 (Epidemiology)

GNU Health has been awarded the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation in 2012. 
In 2013, GNU Health received the awards for  most revolutionary Free Software and software with the largest potential from PortalProgramas.


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