Open Source Software for Public Health

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*[ Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)]
*[ Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN)]
*[ Open Source Development for Public Health: A Primer with Examples of Existing Enterprise Ready Open Source Applications] Paper given at 2006 Public Health Information Network meeting at CDC
Stuart Turner, University of California Davis Health System]
*[ Crespo R. "Virtual community health promotion". Preventing Chronic Disease 2007 Jul] at CDC  
*[ Crespo R. "Virtual community health promotion". Preventing Chronic Disease 2007 Jul] at CDC  
*[ Hans Rosling compelling talk on Global Health at TED July 5, 2006]
*[ Hans Rosling compelling talk on Global Health at TED July 5, 2006]

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Open Source Definition

from the Open Source Initiative

News, talks and announcements

Healthcare Blog at ZiffDavis' ZDNet by Dana Blankenhorn:

Google in Public Health

IBM in Public Health


Stuart Turner, University of California Davis Health System]

UNC-Chapel Hill

Software sites

CDC's National Office of Public Health Genomics Open Source Project An open source infrastructure for managing knowledge and finding potential collaborators in a domain-specific subset of PubMed

Spatio-Temporal Epidemiological Modeler aka STEM at the Eclipse Open Health Framework and more on STEM at IBM

european public health alliance

eclipse and public health (ibiblio is the eclipse bittorrent host now)

NetEPI Free, open source, network-enabled tools for epidemiology and public health practice

Open source tools for population health epidemiology (more NetEpi in .AU)

Open Source Health Records Exchange

Open Source Health at UC-Davis seems to be in limbo last update 12/21/2006

IBM Research's Interoperable Health Information Infrastructure

Open source GIS for public health and policy research

iHRIS - Intrahealth's HRIS for Capacity Project

DHIS - District Health Information System: aggregates and analyzes health management information from the district to the central level

Care2x - Health Facility Information System. By far the most popular OS health facility IS.

WorldVistA WorldVistA was formed to extend and collaboratively improve the VistA electronic health record and health information system for use outside of its original setting. The system was originally developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for use in its veterans hospitals, outpatient clinics, and nursing homes. WorldVistA has a number of development efforts aimed at adding new software modules such as pediatrics, obstetrics, and other functions not used in the veterans' healthcare setting.

Medsphere Medsphere is to OpenVista as Red Hat is to Linux

OpenMRS - see above for Google press release

APHL (Association of Public Health Laboratories) APHL open source subcommittee - no code released yet, no website, license unknown at this time PowerPoint presentation at Joint Public Health Informatics Meeting

IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) - Their first work to adapt clinical laboratory reports for public health (wiki) Their joint whitepaper towards recommendations for next year's work in IHE (wiki)

Software with potential Public Health uses

elgg - open source social networking

Vendor Relationship Management A Harvard/Berkman project that is the otherside of Customer Relationship Management systems. Doc Searls now suggests that VRM could be used for Healthcare Relationship Management 08-14-2007

Launchpad - Ubuntu's answer to SourceForge

Ubuntu, Edubuntu, etc Linux designed with the 3rd world in mind

Software aggregation sites

Open Healthcare Framework and The Open Healthcare Framework blog at Contributors to OHF include Jiva Medical, Impriva, Mayo Clinic, and IBM

Software from SourceForge

SourceForge projects resulting in a search for "public health" (about 1140 at the time of this entry, but many of them not active) Evaluating which of these are useful and active will be a good but challenging project

The software list below was obtained by doing an "exact match" search on the string "Public Health" on the SourceForge site.

In no way is this list exhaustive!

OSHIP - Open Source Health Information Platform OSHIP - Open Source Health Information Platform is a Python implementation of the openEHR electronic health record specifications OSHIP is designed as a Zope 3 component and requires Zope 3 to function as an EHR server.

District Health Information System (DHIS) The District Health Information System (DHIS) provides for data entry, report generation, and analysis. It is part of a larger initiative for health care data in developing countries, called the Health Information System Programme HISP.

PHIELD 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.

Water and Sewer Licensing The goal of CUPHD Water project is to build an open source e-infrastructure for water licensing and inspections for health maintenance workers at the Champaign Public Health District (of Illinois), and other public health districts.

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

eBed eBed is a web-based application suite designed to assist hospitals manage the daily census of patients and to maintain information about each room. eBed has been modeled to manage patient flow and occupancy status of beds of any type and location.

Public Health and Hospital management Building a software which helps to manage public health by collecting data elements, indicator from every units and sending aggregated data to upper units. The system aims to improve capacity of decision maker by providing exact and full data in time.

Simple QUArantine Tracking System SQUATS - the Simple QUArantine Tracking System - is a web based isolation/quarantine tracking and monitoring system for use by hospitals and public health. This project is currently under rapid development in response to the recent SARS outbreak.

EpiSPIDER EpiSPIDER is a public health healthcare application that integrates of information from different distributed electronic resources and performs semantic processing of text visually represent information using graphic display, GIS and mapping technologies

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