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)
  • Members and Contacts

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

Mission Statement

  • Medical collaborations:

    • Support of collaboration between the care providers in charge of a common patient, across Internet.
    • A problem solving approach: maintenance of an up to date overview of the patient "Problem List", with links to the secondary details explaining why a problem has been identified and which actions haven been started. Telemedicine as an iterative care process from "What is known up to now" and "What to do next".
    • Initial focus on the most common requirements in most care situations. To be incremented step by step to 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.
    • The possibility to extract anonymous data for statistical studies.
  • Informatics collaborations:

    • Sharing technical know-how about softwares and telecommunications, including all source code and documentation, i.e. an "Open Source" approach.
    • Facilitation of the reuse of software components, in the public domain.
    • Distributed developments across an international Open Source community.
    • Role Based Access Control based on the care team, known and accepted by the patient.
    • Coordination of professional support services at regional level.

What to do

How to achieve it

Current projects

  • Operational IPATH network

    • Telemedicine platform providing medical advices on images, operational in developing countries since 2002. Isolated health centers send pathology images and get second opinion from pathology experts across the Internet.
  • IMMM, Interactive Medical Mind Maps

    • Better understanding between patient Care Team members, in front of a common graph showing the relations between Observations, Health Issues and Actions.

    • Database of medical software components, available as Open Source in the public domain. Promotion of sharing Open Source components and integration.
  • PBTL, Problem Based Tele-Learning in Open Source:

    • Tele-training for junior doctors, medical students, nurses, etc... under supervision of a coach. Making health education available and affordable in remote regions.
  • Open Source support services

    • How to manage the support services, which are necessary in order to maintain the system operational and sutainable.
  • .....

Call for participation in the Open Source Working Group

  • Challenges:
    • There are many issues to be discussed about the current project. Your questions and suggestions about other issues are also very welcome, particularly about your requirements and solutions which could potentially be shared with other Open Source partners.
  • Participation in the working group:
    • Unfortunately, the Med-e-Tel conference, one of our usual annual meeting places with an "Open Source Village", will not  take place this year (2018). But there are various other meeting opportunities at other ISfTeH events or events organized by ISfTeH members and partners. And if you travel to Brussels, contact us for a personal meeting and discussion opportunity!
    • Being a 'tele'medicine association, we will obviously also focus on interactive video discussions and webinars.
    • Send us your contact details, your topics of interest and how you would like to contribute to the activities of the Open Source Working group, at the medical or informatics side.
  • Support:
    • Join the ISfTeH as a member, and actively contribute to the Open Source Working Group. For more information about membership of this Open Source Working Group, go here.
    • Donations to the ISfTeH Open Source Working Group are welcome (donations go via the ISfTeH non-profit association).
  • Contact: Etienne Saliez and Thomas Karopka.

(Version 4 Jan 2018)

Webinar 7th September, 2018

On 7th September 2018, the ISfTeH "Collaborative Care Team in Open Source" working group delivered the first in the planned series of live webinars on the subject of Open Source in healthcare. It is intended that this and future presentations serve as reference documents which are considered more useful and effective than annual conferences.

Dr Etienne Saliez (Belgium) coordinated a panel of working group experts from around the globe. These were:

Luis Falcon (Spain)
Monika Hubler (Switzerland)
Thomas Karopka (Germany)
Stuart Mackintosh (UK)


Adolfo Sparenberg opened up the session and welcomed the participants before handing over to Dr Etienne Saliez.
During the webinar, lasting just over one hour, the topics presented included:

A review of the working group mission statement
Introduction to the MEDFLOSS data base of Open Source software for healthcare
Short presentations of several long-running Open Source projects, , .
Challenges and solutions when developing Open Source applications
Challenges and solutions when deploying and supporting Open Source applications

The full webinar can be viewed at


The discussions will be continued on the working group web pages at
Further sessions will explore the subjects individually and in greater depth. These will include:

The reuse of software components. Analysis of the healthcare requirements of most common interest and approaches for integration.
Deeper discussions on Open Source management issues in healthcare. Review of the roles of the different stakeholders. Open Source is essentially seen as a way of providing support to healthcare activities, regardless of any medical specialities.
Webinars about extended presentations of current Telemedicine systems in Open Source, one at a time.
Project IMMM, Interactive Medical Mind maps. How to make sense of data by means of graphs with focus on relationships.

For any feedback or if you would like to propose subjects or discussions for a future ISfTeH working group webinar, please contact