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Open Source Software for Public Health

In a conversation a minute ago with some one who asked “If you wanted to run a Public Health Department on Open Source Software, what would you use?”
Other than Linux as the servers and maybe Ubantu desktops, I was stuck. I’ll be looking for answers, but if you have any suggestions — particularly those that are specific to public health systems — please let me know.


  1. Thunderbird, Firefox, Gimp, OpenOffice or AbiWord. All cross platform to ease users from the Winblows experience….

  2. Paul

    5/4/2006 at 9:46 pm

    All great, but how to manage a public health department? How to report to the state and feds as required? Any specific public health department apps out there?

  3. A quick search of the words public+health on sourceforge returned 13 specific apps.

    PHIELD – Public Health Lab
    The PHIELD PROJECT (Public Health Integration & Exchange of Lab Data) is focused on a cost effective solution to delivering laboratory data of public health significance to the appropriate legal jurisdictions.

    The NetEpi project is developing open-source, network-enabled tools for epidemiology and public health practice.

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