GNU Health at the Fifteenth Annual Southern California Linux Expo – SCALE 15x .
It was a great experience and a moment to see old friends and meet new ones.
 Luis Falcon. GNU Health Interfacing and Interoperability http://www.who.int/medical_devices/global_forum/2nd-gf_posters/en/index8.html
About GNU Health
GNU Health is a Free Health and Hospital Information System that provides the following functionality:
GNU Health won the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation, among other international awards.
“El éxito requiere trabajo arduo” reza este proverbio jamaiquino. Con un refulgente sol caribeño y un grupo de bienvenida aún más radiante, esta semana GNU Health desembarcó en una nueva bahía. En cooperación con el Ministerio de Salud, una misión grupal de GNU Solidario visitó Jamaica e inauguró oficialmente el proyecto de implementación de GNU Health dentro de su sistema de salud pública.
|Taller con el equipo de informática del Ministerio de Salud|
|Edificio del Ministerio de Salud (Kingston)|
*GNU Health es un paquete oficial de GNU y forma parte de GNU Solidario, una organización sin fines de lucro que desarrolla proyectos de salud con software libre. GNU Solidario, en conjunto con la Universidad de las Naciones Unidas (Instituto Internacional para la Salud Global), firmaron un acuerdo social para implementar GNU Health y capacitar a los profesionales de la salud a nivel internacional.
*GNU Health se presentó ante la OMS y la Unión Internacional de Comunicación (ITU por sus siglas en inglés) durante la sesión “TICs para mejorar la información y la responsabilidad para la salud de las mujeres y los niños” en la Cumbre Mundial de la Sociedad de la Información (Foro WSIS) 2013 en Ginebra.
|Welcome presentation of
GNU Solidario Mission by the MoH
“Success requires hard work” is the meaning of this Jamaican proverb. With a bright Caribbean sun and an even brighter welcoming crew, GNU Health unshipped in a new bay this week. In cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MoH), a group mission of GNU Solidario visited Jamaica and inaugurated officially the project of deploying GNU Health within their Public Health Care system.
The mission is in the context of the agreement signed between Jamaica Ministry of Health and GNU Solidario, to cooperate in the implementation of GNU Health, the Free Health and Hospital Information System in this country.
This step is a tipping point in health history, granted that Jamaica is the first country to embrace GNU Health nationwide. A herculean task, this implementation is demanding cross-sectoral integrations from all the regions of this country. Hence, not only the permanent secretary of the MoH, Dr. Jean Dixon, vouched for this undertaking, but Mr. Gary Campbell (Director, ICT; Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining) also extended his blessing while announcing the GOJ FOSS Migration project and how it will cooperate with the GNU Health enterprise as well.
Programmers, system administrators, physicians, nurses, health records staff, as well as other public officials gathered to participate in several meetings, workshops and focus groups. The MoH Health Informatics team itself had representatives from both the national and the regional levels, as well as Health Records, Clinical, IT and Management Personnel.
After an intense week, the initial guidelines for the project were designed in order to complete the first stage by the end of this year. Moreover, our GNU Solidario team visited the Slipe Pen Road Comprehensive Health Centre for incipient calculations and further extrapolations.
This initiative has generated a gratification that transcends the local jurisdiction, so that not only the Free Software community, but the whole world rejoice in this unprecedented milestone within Public Health Care.
|Main IT crew that attended the workshops|
|Jamaican MoH building in Kingston|
As stated at World Health Organization (WHO) Primary Health Care portal, “the ultimate goal of primary health care is better health for all”. WHO has identified five key elements to achieve that goal:
*GNU Health won the Best Project of Social Benefit from the Free Software Foundation, among other international awards.
*GNU Health is an official GNU Package , and is part of GNU Solidario, an NGO that delivers health with free software. GNU Solidario and the United Nations University, International Institute for Global Health have signed an agreement to implement and to train Health professionals GNU Health around the world.
*GNU Health was presented at the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Communication Union (ITU) session “ICT for Improving Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health” at the World Summit on the Information Society – WSIS 2013 Forum in Geneva.