Blurring the line between OSS communities: Devs, Vendors, Gov't and Users*
Established OSS projects have complex communities that must (at least) try to work together. Presentation of my experience with OpenEMR's and other projects successes and failures and interact with the audience to share their own experiences.
Established OSS projects have complex communities that must (at least) try to work together. The diversity of needs can cause the project to falter, languish or take of like a rocket, sometimes all at the same time.
OpenEMR is an ONC-ATB Ambulatory EHR 2011-2012 certified electronic health records and medical practice management application (http://open-emr.org and http://oemr.org) that has been around since 1998. It is downloaded more than 800 times a week, has been adopted by the tiny single doctor offices, mid range practices and government offices in the USA and abroad.
All that, and the majority of typical group that could be the user of this, fully featured tool is almost completely ignorant of it’s existence. Those that are, represent an international cast of physicians, programmers, vendors, government employees and user/volunteers that all have different, very different, needs.
Any organization likes this will experience a wide range of issues and a wide range of success and failure.
I will present my experience with OpenEMR and other projects and interact with the audience to share their own experiences. This is intended to be a fully engaged discussion about these kinds of issues and how to navigate them and still feel like you are getting what you need from you contribution time.
oss, community, international, healthcare
I have spoken many time as Open Source conferences including OSCON, POSSCON, SXSW MedTech, OSEHRA Conference, The Community Leadership Summit, BarCamp, PLUG and several vertical healthcare conferences. Links to some of them are on my website.
LibreHealth.io, Software Freedom Conservancy, Medical Information Integration and Vircon Solutions
Tony McCormick has worked in various health IT care related activities for the last 30 years, including Medical Practices, Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations and charity clinics.
He is on steering committee of the http://librehealth.io project, an open source health IT community, and integration manager for the LibreHealth EHR project.
He is the CTO and President of Medical Information Integration,LLC in Oregon (http://www.mi-squared.com) and Technical Director of Vircon Solutions, Ltd, in Ireland (http://virconhealth.com). Projects include work designing and developing data collection systems for the health care industry using open source based solutions.