Free and Open Source Software in medicine

February 16, 2015

Fred Trotter

Libel and Discourse in the Digital Age

Libel, like copyright, is one of the central legal frameworks for governing online activities. It sets the bounds for what can and cannot be said about people in the new media area. ┬áLike copyright law, libel law is a legal … Continued

by ftrotter at February 16, 2015 08:30 AM

February 13, 2015


Orthanc - Lightweight, RESTful DICOM Server for Medical Imaging In Hospitals

The amount of medical images that are generated, analyzed and exchanged by hospitals is dramatically increasing. Medical imaging is indeed the first step to the treatment of more and more illnesses, such as cancers or cardiovascular diseases.

In turn, the data management of clinical images and the administration of the computer network of a medical imaging department imply continuously growing technological challenges. Tasks such as autorouting between imaging modalities, exchanging data between clinical departments or hospitals, or anonymizing images are still hard to achieve in practice. This is a direct consequence of the lack of interoperability software that could bring technological independence to hospitals by creating low-cost gateways between proprietary ecosystems.

This medical context led in 2012 to the public release of Orthanc, an innovative free and open-source software to improve medical imaging flows in hospitals. Orthanc can turn any computer running Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, or Apple OS X into a DICOM store (in other words, a mini-PACS system). Its software architecture is lightweight and standalone, meaning that no complex database administration is required, nor the installation of third-party dependencies. Thanks to its REST API, to its plugin framework, and to its Lua scripting engine, Orthanc is primarily conceived as a versatile, robust building block to bring technological independence to clinical departments by automating their very specific imaging flows.


February 13, 2015 03:30 PM

OpenEMR 4.2.0 is released

The OpenEMR community has released version 4.2.0. This new version will be 2014 ONC Certified as a Modular EHR. OpenEMR 4.2.0 has numerous new features including 26 language translations and Patient Form improvements such as E-signing. OpenEMR 4.2.0 can be downloaded from the OpenEMR Project website at . Thanks goes to the OpenEMR community for producing this release.

February 13, 2015 03:30 PM