Collaborative Care Team in Open Source

  • Etienne Saliez - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Thomas Karopka - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Monika Hubler - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Members and Contacts

    • List of Members and interested contacts
    • New partners are invited to join: Rather than developing applications in isolation, consider to participate in a community sharing experience and Open Source modules.

Medical collaborations: Multidisciplinary care across Internet:

  • A "patient centric" record shared by the members of his/her multidisciplinary "Care Team".
  • A problem solving approach: maintenance of an up to date overview of the patient "Problem List", with links to the details explaining why the problem has been identified and which actions haven been started.
  • An iterative care process in which initial problems requiring more examinations will become updated in diagnoses requiring treatments.
  • Initial focus on the most common requirements in most care situations. Next such a generic patient care platform will be incremented step by step by more specific features in function of particular diseases and medical specialties.
  • Education by means of contextual training: on the occasion of the encountered problems provide explanations and references to more fundamental knowledge.
  • Role Based Access Control based on the care team, known and accepted by the patient.
  • Anonymous data could be extracted for statistical studies.

Informatics collaborations: Support of the above medical collaborations:

  • Sharing technical know-how about software including source code, i.e. in Open Source.
  • Telemedicine technologies allowing to get help from care team members across Internet, sharing medical know how between developing and developed regions.
  • An integration platform intended to reuse existing medical softwares components availables as open source.
  • A very modular approach, allowing to distribute developments and maintenance across an international community.

Call to Open Source Activities at Med-e-Tel 2015

  • Introduction:
    • Welcome to participate at Med-e-Tel 2015 on 22-24 April 2015 in Luxembourg.
  • Presentations of application projects made in Open Source:
    • Presentation of projects to target audiences of people seeking solutions to their needs, as for example shared medical records, education, lab, images processing, nursing, evidence based medicine, etc... in different sessions. The focus is here on the content of telemedicine applications.
    • In order to achieve these projects in an effective way, the advantages of an Open Source approach will be explained, sharing know-how including sofware source codes with international partners having similar needs.
    • Moreover an overview will be available showing when and where Open Source presentations will take place in different rooms. The title of these presentations should include the words "Open Source".
    • Please send abstracts of your proposals.
  • Open Source Management Issues:
    • A discussion about pure Open Source management issues, regardless of specific application contexts.
    • A list of questions is in preparation. One at a time Open Source issues will be introduced by different persons and followed by discussions. The topics will include issues like shared developments, maintenance, support services, sustainability, resources. Let us know what you see as the most critical issues and which solutions you propose to recommend.
  • Open Source Pavilion:
    • Demonstrations of several telemedicine systems and informal discussions with visitors, starting from an overview of MEDFLOSS.
    • Join the Open Source pavilion, a large table in the hall of the conference, during the 3 days. Projectors will be available for discussion in small groups.
  • ISfTeH Open Source Working Group:
    • Invitation to participate in the permanent Open Source Working Group. The objective is to follow activities through telecommunications during all the year between MEDETEL conferences.
    • Send a summary of your coordinates, your topics of interest and how you would like to contribute to the activities of the Open Source Working group.
    • Every contacts are very welcome. Moreover in principle full working group membership should require membership in an organization already affiliated to the ISfTeH, or an individual ISfTeH membership.


Operational IPATH network

  • Telemedicine platform providing healthcare support and education in several specialized areas and operational in developing countries since 2002. For example, isolated small health centers send pathology images and get second opinion from pathology experts across the Internet, see the presentation slides.
  • Main Ipath server in Basel
  • The services are free and the software is available as Open Source.

Experimental Care Team Prototype

  • Support discussions about medical specifications, in a pragmatic way in front of visual examples.
  • Evaluation of considered integration technologies.


PBTL, Problem Based Tele-Learning in Open Source, a joint project between ISfTeH working groups

  • Tele-training for healthcare professionals, as medical students, junior doctors, nurses, etc...making health education available and affordable in remote regions.
  • Focus on rigorous work methodology, problem based and sharing well documented records, paying much attention to priorities: given all what is known up to now, what to do next ?
  • Applied research about how to work as a collaborative team across internet. Nowadays the care of one patient require several healthcare professional, who may be at remote locations. New paradigms for healthcare, taking advantage of new informatics technologies shared as Free and Open Source. More than a simple simulation of old paper era work methods and visual presentation as "graphs".
  • Support of remote health centers where there are no specialists, or even no doctors on site, but where support is possible by means of telemedicine. Support of meaningful data acquisition with the expected most relevant information, is in principle mandatory before a case can be presented to a remote expert.

(Version 2.7, 11 Feb 2015)