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Term: Linux Medical News
Home : http://linuxmednews.com/

Description : Linux Medical News is a open source website that allows people to download a lot of clinical computing and Electronic Medical Records(EMR) software that is out. It jsut came about in the year 2000. It wants to change the way that people handel there medical records. The website uses the Z object Publishing environment. It is the largest reposiorty of free and open source software in medicince. The goal of Linux Medical News is to promote the adoption of technology in healthcare to foster better health care for all, Also important is the promotion of free and open source software use in the medical field. LInux Medical News is a platform for people to see the utility that can be provided from such open source venues.

Application: This is very useful to everyday people and many others. with this type of free software and open source technolgoy regular people and doctors can get information and store it. This makes it possible for doctors to start up business with the free software and therefore people have more options when going to see doctors. This also serves as a way to jump start medical facilities into the use of more electronic means of data collection and dissemination. The availabilty of open source / free software in the Health Information Technology field is a huge asset for the adoption of electroninc media in future of health related fields. Perhaps most importantly Linux Medical News fosters free software for billing which is one of if not the primary reasons holding back the adoption of new technology in medicine.

What is Linux:
Linux is, in simplest terms, an operating system. It is the software on a computer that enables applications and the computer operator to access the devices on the computer to perform desired functions. The operating system (OS) relays instructions from an application to, for instance, the computer's processor. The processor performs the instructed task, then sends the results back to the application via the operating system.
Explained in these terms, Linux is very similar to other operating systems, such as Windows and OS X.
But something sets Linux apart from these operating systems. The Linux operating system represented a $25 billion ecosystem in 2008. Since its inception in 1991, Linux has grown to become a force in computing, powering everything from the New York Stock Exchange to mobile phones to supercomputers to consumer devices.
As an open operating system, Linux is developed collaboratively, meaning no one company is solely responsible for its development or ongoing support. Companies participating in the Linux economy share research and development costs with their partners and competitors. This spreading of development burden amongst individuals and companies has resulted in a large and efficient ecosystem and unheralded software innovation.

Linux Medical News and the Department of Veterans Affairs:
WorldVistA http://www.worldvista.org/

Medical Linux distributions:

[[/node/15|Debian Med]]
[[/node/353|Debian Med (testing)]]
[[/node/354|Debian Med (unstable)]]
[[/node/16|Fedora Medical]]
/node/17|FreeBSD Ports/ Biology
[[/node/18|Linux For Clinics]]
[[/node/19|OpenSUSE Medical]]
Web Resources :
Linux Medical News turns 5 :
Free biling software:
OpenEMR (Linux based) video
Linux basede medical software list:

Related Terminology:
Linux Med News
Open Source
Electronic Medical Record