lunes, 24 de marzo de 2014

GNU Health presentation at World Health Organization - WHO

Dear friends

I'm very proud to announce that our GNU Health presentation at WHO Second Global Forum on Medical Devices in Geneva, Switzerland, has been published at the World Health Organization site . Thank you United Nations for inviting me, it has been a fantastic experience and opportunity !

I shared with the audience the importance of Free (Freedom) Software in the Health Care sector, stressing that Health must be a public good and it can not belong to private corporations.

GNU Health is now being installed in many countries around the World, it has over 80 translation teams, and a great community that contributes that keeps growing every day.


GNU Health presentation at World Health Organization - WHO


Special thanks to the government of Jamaica, and to its Ministry of Health, who has adopted GNU Health as their eHealth system for the whole country. This is amazing ! Just some years ago, we, health care professionals and social activists, just dreamed about one day being able to provide equality in health care. Today is becoming a reality !

This April 10th I will be in Luxembourg, at Medetel , talking about the GNU Health implementation in Jamaica.

GNU Health 2.6 is coming soon, with a lot of new functionality, such as HL7 FHIR, improved ergonomics, strong auditing, and much more. We'll be releasing the RC version soon so you can take a look of what is coming up and be able to test it.

Thanks to the Free Software Foundation for making GNU Health a GNU official package; to Free Operating Systems such as GNU/Linux or FreeBSD; to great frameworks like Tryton; to fantastic programing languages like Python and to the most beautiful and powerful database engine PostgreSQL. They all make GNU Health possible.These are just some examples, from a much larger list, to show that GNU Health is a real community-based project.


Let me take this opportunity to invite you to the upcoming International Workshop on Emerging Economies - IWEEE "Social Medicine" , brought to you by GNU Solidario, that will take place in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this May 29-30th.  Join us and share your experience and benefits of Free Software in the Health Sector !


IWEEE 2014 - Social Medicine


Remember that health must be a non-negotiable human right, and that people always come before profit.

Looking forward to seeing you in Las Palmas !


[1] Luis Falcon. GNU Health Interfacing and Interoperability   http://www.who.int/medical_devices/global_forum/2nd-gf_posters/en/index8.html

[2] Poster : http://www.who.int/medical_devices/global_forum/H40.pdf

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

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