September 2011

Moorfields and Misys winners of Guardian open source competition 2011

September 25, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (0)


In a battle of fresh minded individuals and companies, the 2011 Smarthealthcare LIve Open Source awards compeitition fielded a range of projects which promised innovation, integration and commodisation. Mysis Open Source Solutions (a US division of UK Misys plc) and Moorfields Eye Hospital emerged as the winners.
Realising that innovation in open source and open standards needed a bit of a kick start, the competition was organised in a joint effort between IHE-UK and the government inspired... Read full post


September 15, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (0)


I first came across the word "skunkworks", when working on a Lockheed Martin open source enterprise architecture opportunity for Sun in 2008. Since then, its been adopted by the new UK cabinet office as a way to reshape government IT delivery and seems to be a general bye word for a method of working which is collaborative, non-conformant but delivers quick results. 
The skunkworks could be the most direct way to ask the question: How can we reenvigorate... Read full post

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September 9, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (0)


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OpenESB Community takes in Mural MDM from Oracle

September 7, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (0)

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This is an update of a blog entry I did a year ago.
When JavaCAPS was launched with zero fanfare, as Sun's replacement of ICAN, which used to be called eGate, which used to be called Datagate, which used to be called STL . . . bear with me here, you could hear the groan going around as yet another product roadmap was torn up and replaced with one which was simply reengineering functions which they already had. 
Whoever put it into people's heads that proprietary software was safer than... Read full post

MiSYS Open Source Solutions is 'best use of open source' 2011 Guardian competition for Health and Social Care

September 7, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (0)


This is an update from an earlier blog entry I did for IHE-UK a couple of years ago.
Well if you believe that IHE's cross-enterprise document sharing (XDS) open standard is the bees knees, just imagine an open source XDS solution!
XDS provides a standard method for submitting and querying any kind of document, even DICOM images (XSD-I). The interface is defines in term of web service definitions, which defines a standardised ebXML interface between service user applications and a repository... Read full post

IHE is still amazing - 10 years on

September 5, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (0)

When a vendor claims a product is “interoperable” with another product, take a pinch of salt. There are a thousand ways in which a product can “work with” or “be compatible with” another and a million ways in which they can’t. Being more specific about interoperability simply highlights the enormous scope for non-interoperability. 
IHE have found a more powerful approach.
“In healthcare, you no longer have to build... Read full post

The Open Source Wave to hit UK in 2012

September 5, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (5)

Hey - that's my view. 
In 2013, every procurement executive will be asking the question: "So why isn't your product using open source software?" Quite an assertion given that open source software is practically excluded from most public and private procurement by its lack of license model. Lets look the rationale to support this assertion.
Technological Darwinism.  
Product companies can't write operating systems or software frameworks from scratch every time they need... Read full post

The importance of standards and open source in Healthcare

September 4, 2011 by gfoss   Comments (17)

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Everybody wants standards don't they? But why? What do we want standards to achieve, that cannot be achieved through other means? Standards are a tool to help us moderate, improve and perhaps even to define “a society”. They are a means to influence collective outcomes, without having to control everyone's activity. The use of standards is an example of the “cede control to gain command” principle. Loosely speaking, standards are codes of practice for how things and... Read full post