[Health] Fwd: Health OLPC - Congo - eeeBuntu
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Mon Sep 1 11:07:50 EDT 2008
I recently blogged on it at VandyMSN.blogspot.com after speaking with the
folks there about it. I have their messages to the groups and listserv
posted there. They encouraged starting a local group to explore developing
educational medical software here, which I'm going to look into after I get
settled (just graduated if anyone knows of a great job!)...
This is part of the thread:
You are correct in saying that the main focus of OLPC is education. There
is, however, a lot of interest in using the XO for health
applications. You will want to visit this page on our wiki:
And you will want to sign up on the health mailing list where you can
discuss your ideas with others:
Richard Aries, MSN, RN, BS, EMT
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On Mon, Sep 1, 2008 at 2:44 AM, Etienne Saliez <etienne at saliez.be> wrote:
> Yes I am interested on medical software on OLPC.
> I am in contact with health centers an a nursing school in remotes area
> of Congo.
> Our first concern it getting internet access, a critical condition in
> order to be able to provide maintenance.
> The initial intended applications are simple versions of:
> - User authentication and sessions
> - Patient identification,
> - Problem list
> - Care plan, including the the followup of vaccinations.
> - Access to some medical knowledge, according to a very pragmatic
> contextual approach.
> - ...
> I would like to do experimental developement on OLPC, intended to be
> connected in wireless to a local server.
> How far is Python available ?
> BTW end 2007 I did pay for 2 OLPC machines, but up to now never received
> In the mean time I did get an ASUS-eeePC-900, and install "eeeUbuntu"
> which provide a real Ubuntu, with the most essential software, as I am
> using on other machines.
> It works on 12 Volts, and did cost here currently 335 Euros.
> Etienne Saliez, M.D.
> clos des Pommiers 4
> 1310 La Hulpe
> tel +32 26541759
> On Sun, 2008-08-31 at 16:56 -0700, Edward Cherlin wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 10:05 AM, Arjun Sarwal <arjun at laptop.org> wrote:
> > > I apologize for the lack of my time on replying and getting involved
> > > such great people.
> > > Anyone who is interested may please reply to Jason.
> > >
> > > best regards
> > > Arjun
> > >
> > >
> > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > > From: Jason Grey Faulkenberry <jgfaulkenberry at gmail.com>
> > > Date: Sat, Aug 30, 2008 at 6:26 PM
> > > Subject: Health OLPC
> > > To: arjun at laptop.org
> > >
> > >
> > > Hello,
> > > My name is Grey Faulkenberry and I am part of a group called Global
> > > Brigades. We are a non-profit organization that began in Honduras,
> > > and now also have projects in Ghana, India, and Panama. We do a
> > > number of types of projects including business brigades and
> > > microloans, water brigades with various purification projects, and
> > > numerous health projects including chimneys and latrines.
> > Can we talk about supporting your health initiatives with electricity
> > and Internet connections?
> > > I am personally involved primarily with our medical brigade
> > > program, and will be it's director next year. I am writing because I
> > > am interested in purchasing some XO laptops later this year in the buy
> > > one get one opportunity.
> > GiveOneGetOne units go for $399. If you and others working with you
> > can use 100 units, the price comes down to $299 each through GiveMany,
> > and you don't have to wait for G1G1 to start in order to place your
> > order.
> > > I wrote to the main website and they
> > > directed me to talk to you about what you have done and accomplished.
> > > I also wanted to see if there were opportunities where I might be able
> > > to help with your project. Finally, I was wondering if you know of
> > > anyone that successfully setup an electronic medical record on an XO
> > > laptop. I saw that a number of people were using VistA. This is
> > > great, but I was wondering if anyone has tried OpenMRS. It's an
> > > electronic medical record, but is a free open-source program.
> > So is OpenVistA, and there are others.
> > > Its
> > > website is http://openmrs.org/wiki/OpenMRS. I think this could have
> > > some advantages over VistA. It is already being used in multiple
> > > developing countries for many purposes
> > So is VistA.
> > > and it is based on a data model
> > > with a concept dictionary, allowing it to be growable.
> > VistA is based on the database engine in MUMPS.
> > > It was started
> > > by Paul Farmer, known at least in the medical circle, as the "Father
> > > of International Medicine."
> > Now that's something nobody else can match. Many of us would be
> > delighted to get his software onto XOs, and to link our programs
> > together.
> > > Again, I just wanted to get in touch, because I hope to be able to
> > > use some of your projects in the future. Let me know if there's anyway
> > > I can help out.
> > >
> > > Sincerely,
> > > Grey Faulkenberry
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > > Arjun Sarwal
> > > http://dev.laptop.org/~arjs
> > > http://youtube.com/watch?v=SwcSEcfR464
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