[Health] Fwd: Health OLPC - Congo - eeeBuntu
niels.olson at gmail.com
Mon Sep 1 17:32:53 EDT 2008
hello, we are looking at a similar project in losho kenya. openmrs was
designed expressly for this. developer said ther is a pico interface.
am working w/ Masai America Assn. If you choose olpc, seems memory
reqt will mandate external storage, maybe even running os from thumb
drive or sd card. membrane keyboard is also a concern.
however, seems there is lots of room to dual use machines as NGOs and
villages focus on both.
in losho power is solar and most peole have cell phones. begs for wan
card, yes? nearest internet is 5 hrs by bus. village industry is
writing while driving fron san antonio to college station, but would
like to continue this dialogue.
currently seeking funding for eee's or xo's for losho and boy's school
in nairobi slum. seeking at least two machines per location lus
development machines and internet infrastructure.
look at openmrs.
On 9/1/08, Richard Aries <variegate at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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