Open Healthcare Framework

Friday, July 13, 2007

Few questions if we may...

In the lines of the last post, we would like to get some community feedback in order to help us better decide on our future plans. We will start to post some polls and post them in the OHF site. We'll publish a note about new polls in the OHF newsgroup, so please pay attention if you wish to influence.

The first poll will be about the ultimate question:
To be or not to be?
That is XDS.b ...

Scaling the community

As we are starting to rump up towards the 2008 IHE Connectathon we recognize we're going to have a better manage user community scalability issues.

Last year we had a nice small user community with about fifteen ISVs going with us to the Connectathon and few more how used OHF in the NHIN prototypes and other projects.
Those where fun days! We gave our emails to everyone and had an open Skype channel to give real time support.

This year we expect the community to significantly grow and the ones how used us last year to take more advantage of the OHF features and accomplish to do more tests (though it will be hard to break Donnie's record ;-).

The problem is that this year we won't have as much capacity to do real time support. We are working on better documentation, adding the IHE.b profiles to the functionality set, we will redesign our transport layer to give better security and performance, enhance the configuration model, and much more...

Therefore we plead for the community's help to help the newcomers. Explain them how the connectathon process looks like, and help solve problems. Some of the problems and questions (like OS, and .NET support) are being answered now in the newsgroup.
Please go ahead and use this tool. Your questions will be answered much faster, and maybe you'll see that someone else had already asked them before. There are tons of other benefits from using a public communication form, but I think you got the point.

Please help us scale the community,

Monday, July 09, 2007

AMIA Open Source Workshop

A team lead by Senthil Nachimuthu (MD, University of Utah) will conduct an Open Source Workshop at AMIA 2007 in Chicago (Nov, 2007). Contributed to the workshop paper where Thomas Jones, Jon Teichrow, Paul Biondich, Cal Collins, Will Ross, and myself.

The workshop will include representatives from the open source projects:
* Eclipse Open Healthcare Framework
* Machine Learning Tools
* Mirth
* Tolven
* OpenEMPI
* OpenClinica
* OpenMRS