[Edu-sig] open source admin in academia? (editorial)

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 05:06:50 CEST 2010

Ah yes, MUMPS.  I have some history around that one.  It haunts me.

Poor Haiti.


On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 7:54 PM, Edward Cherlin <echerlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 04:34, kirby urner <kirby.urner at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I like to see universities taking the lead in some way...
>> (they call it "non-commercial"), eating their own dog food.
>> Same thing with hospitals.  They seem to not want to
>> develop much inhouse, even for research -- or maybe
>> I've not been inside the right hospitals?   You'd think
>> the open source ethic and health care would be more
>> hand in glove.
> MUMPS (Massachusetts General Hospital Utility Multi-Programming
> System), now sometimes just M, is the basis for the VA and DoD
> hospital systems. it was taken to Free Software via the Freedom of
> Information Act, and is now available as openVistA. This is a full
> medical system suite, with more than 200 modules for imaging, medical
> records, billing, pharmacy, and so on. M is unusual among programming
> languages for including its own database engine. Its more recent
> competitor is OpenMRS (Open Medical Records System) being developed
> for Partners in Health in Haiti and other such organizations. Harvard
> has a hand in its development.
>> Kirby
>> PS:  I came across this useful discussion on Dr. Chuck's blog
>> (he posts here sometimes -- we met at Pycon2009 in
>> Chicago).
>> Reading:
>> http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1000&context=opensource
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