We are updating the languages for FreeMED. We have need of ALL the languages but currently pressed for SPANISH translation. It has been started as es_Mx.
If you are interested in helping us with translation, please write to director at freemedsoftware dot org for the site and entry credentials.
Thank you for bringing the dream of FreeMED to our international community.
FreeSHIM v0.1.1 has been released (see the complete release announcement over at freeshim.org) — and it is also being released in the Debian-Med PPA, so users running Ubuntu or Debian can easily install it!
From the director of the FreeMED Software Foundation:
I’ve been involved with a medical clinic and teaching project in Guatemala for some time. The project, hosted by Pop-Wuj, a Spanish language school in Xela (Quetzeltenango) Guatemala and a non-profit, hosts a medical clinic for the poor in the city and surrounding pueblos.
The project, through the efforts of Jonathan St George, MD, who founded the idea, has been brought to a self sustaining and full time staff level, with Meg Sullivan, MD staffing the clinic full time for two years. It’s a busy clinic, and is supported by efforts of Dr. St George and physicians, dentists, nurses and other medical professionals from Weil Cornell and other New York Medical centers who come to teach and help staff the clinic. The idea for making it self-sustaining, as a possible model for additional projects came through Dr. St George. By volunteering to teach travel, mountain, international medicine at Pop-Wuj, a portion of the tuition for the course is given to the clinic, thereby sustaining the activities of the clinic. I saw an additional need.
The clinic serves those without resource but many have chronic and recurrent problems. Many are children. The records are kept on paper and without a professional records staff, soon fall into a state of oblivion and difficulty in keeping the records on all but current patients up to date and nearly impossible to follow some of the people who visit the facility.
We needed a lightweight yet extensible system. FreeMED seemed the answer. How will we implement FreeMED? What sorts of changes will need to be made to meet the needs in Guatemala?
Jeff and I are going in September. We hope to be able to set up the server, train some of the folks how to use the system and hope to find a company locally who will want to support FreeMED. Additionally we plan to roll this out for use for local physicians, making an affordable and extensible medical record available to them.
The cellular network in Guatemala is extensively developed. We hope to be able to harness that power using Android phones, to allow communication, and consultative telecommunication within FreeMED.
Do watch here for links to a blog with pictures and stories daily from Guatemala. We will be there starting September 19, 2010. If you have more interest, or would like to donate some equipment, IT or medical, please contact Irv Buchbinder, Director of the FreeMED Software Foundation for more information at directorfreemed at gmail dot com. We also plan to have a ‘needs page’ here soon.
We’ve been trying to pack the upcoming release with some new features to offset the long wait time. Some of the more notable ones are:
- Rewritten / redesigned REMITT billing service. For all those who hated the instability and pain behind some of the older REMITT versions, not to fear, the new version of REMITT is now a self-contained J2EE application. It also supports such niceties as eligibility verification, remote configuration management, foreign id support, SFTP push support, PGP/GPG encryption/decryption, and remittance callbacks with X12 835 parsing.The official REMITT site has more information on upcoming features here.
- Database-backed data store. No longer do you have to rely on distributed filesystems and bizarre incantations to implement a distributed FreeMED setup ; it’s now as easy as setting up a load balancer. Scaling, ahoy!
- Clinical Patient Order Entry (CPOE). Oft-requested, much desired feature, required by new meaningful use specifications.
- Data normalization. Most of the system is now relying on normalized data fields against industry standard data sets, so your patient data is as portable as you’d like it to be.
- Revamped reporting engine based on JasperReports. We’re using a standard reporting engine now, so designing your own reports is no longer a Byzantine task.
- Scheduler improvements. It’s drag and drop, with block and group support, along with appointment templating and all of the modern scheduler trimmings.
- Virtual “push” notifications. The user interface updates itself whenever the data updates itself, so you can be sure what you’re seeing is the latest version of the pertinent information, without having to resort to your “Refresh” button.
- Semantic patient tagging. You loved it on Flickr, now gain the advantages of semantic tagging in finding patients.
- Webcam patient image support. Grab a headshot of your patient for identification purposes with any web browser and a webcam, it’s as easy as that.
- Full immunizations and vitals records. Industry standard data for vitals and immunizations, which can help facilitate machine reading and other integration efforts.
- Drug sample tracking. Track drug sample lots in the event of a recall or other tracking purposes.
- Access Control (ACL) rewrite. We’re getting serious about access control, so you won’t have to worry about overly loose access control. Give your staff and providers as little or as much access as they need.
- … and other great features …
Keep your eyes open, we’re getting ready to push a beta tester version of 0.9.x!
As director of the Foundation I have remained silent while there are attacks on the GPL and open nature of our responsibility, the FreeMED program.
FreeMED was an idea conceived so that physicians would have access to a high quality, high level electronic medical record and management system, available in many languages and provided, as many open source projects are, at no cost. The idea for profitability from FreeMED came from a change in software in the mid -80′s when programs were bundled with operating systems or computers which had just weeks before sold for hundred’s of dollars. We felt, and still do, that the market for FreeMED as a system exists, and that individuals or companies who wish to offer SUPPORT will find that they can make a comfortable, if not profitable living. Indeed, we felt that it might fund future development.
Meanwhile, because FreeMED is open source and because the program is freely available, freely upgraded and open to suggestion from its users, that it would be a continuously improving project. Alas that has not happened as often nor with as much vigor as we might wish. We do have a user base which is quite vigorous but not as engaged as it might be.
Recently we have been asked to fork FreeMED, to create a ‘professional’ version of the program. We have twice before forked FreeMED with no benefit to the program and no improvements. Many promises were made. None kept. Many tales of feedback and re-investment through the forked program were made. None kept.
It is not in the interest of the Foundation nor in its charter to promote the interests of private companies. We hope, however to partner with companies and entities interested in furthering the ideals of the Open Source Movement.
We’re moving site software again. A nasty security hole in Drupal was blasting us with spam, so we have moved to WordPress. Please be patient while content is brought back online.
Please feel free to visit our online support group at http://groups.google.com/group/freemed-support and our development group at http://groups.google.com/group/freemed-development