[Health] GNUmed for OLPC

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com
Sat May 3 14:07:39 EDT 2008


Welcome aboard!

A great way to catch up on what's currently going on in the OLPC Health
Project(s) is to start over on the wiki (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Health)
and also look over other pages tagged as being health-related (
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Category:Health).  Information flow is often a mix
of messages to this list, wiki-page creation and editing and even IRC chat
on #olpc-health.

GNUmed's status as open-source, and specifically being coded in Python could
make it a good fit for use on the XO platform, although as you mention, it
is an open question of whether EMR software is matched to a need at
deployment sites, at least right now.  There are others interested in making
an electronic medical record systems available (see
http://wiki.laptop.org/go/WorldVistA), and I'm sure they would welcome
discussion about GNUmed and electronic medical records in general.

I hope you chose to stick around get involved with OLPC Health Project
efforts, either with GNUmed specifically or with joining in on some other
coding or content effort, because I think that the health-related work can
use as much input from cross-trained (health and IT) contributors as
possible.  I also think that activity (application) development will have a
lot to add to just a collection of textual content for the health library.

My own interest at the moment is on building up that library and making it
easier for others (especially health/science subject matter experts) to

cjlhomeaddress at gmail.com

On Sat, May 3, 2008 at 1:21 PM, Sebastian Hilbert <sebastian.hilbert at gmx.net>

> Hi all,
> I am very new to the OLPC initiative. I am a doctor by profession and
> medical
> software developer by choice. I am involved with the GNUmed medical record
> software. I am wondering if you see any use in tests of this software in
> environments.
> GNUmed (wiki.gnumed.de) is free software and is written in python and
> wxpython
> (GTK). It usually connects to a postgresql server but could also be made
> store its data in a sqlite database.
> I admit I know very little about medical IT needs in OLPC environments.
> maybe
> it is just pure overkill and out of scope.
> I imagine two possible uses. The individual OLPC could be used to enter
> very
> basic demographic information so organizations involved get a picture of
> who
> is in need of medical care (in general). the hardware (microphone and
> camera
> can be used to assess medical condtitions such as skin conditions or
> wounds
> and could then be assessed by more centralized medical personell like in a
> city. The use of Wifi coupled with asynchronous wifi networks (see
> http://www.nilshettich.com/olpcblog/) could transfer medical/health
> information both ways.
> Maybe this is just my Western thinking. In case this is way off the needs
> in
> OLPC environments just discard this message.
> I am greatful for any reply.
> --
> Sebastian Hilbert
> Leipzig / Germany
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