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Hello folks! Today I published a new post about open-source hardware for healthcare applications. In this article, I review the different platforms available for open-source hardware healthcare development. Enjoy!http://openhardwarehealthcare.com/review-of-open-source-healthcare-platforms-sensors/

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I am really hoping that other NHS trusts will follow suit. Especially with all of them talking about how much money they need to save.

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MLHIM 2.4.4 Release  The simplest, most robust release to date.  
Download the entire package or just browse the documentation at the MLHIM.org link below. 

Also, essential tools and demonstrations have been updated and are available from GitHub.

MLHIM Application Platform & Learning Environment (MAPLE)  is an SQL persistence proof of concept.  https://github.com/mlhim/MAPLE

MLHIM XML Instance Converter (mxic) is a demonstration tool for converting MLHIM XML data to and from JSON without loss of fidelity in semantics and syntactic validity.  https://github.com/mlhim/mxic 

Concept Constraint Definition Generator (CCD-Gen) is an online tool to make building knowledge models (CCDs) for multi-level modelling more intuitive for domain experts.  It removes the requirement to have a deep understanding of XML Schema for describing domain concepts. http://www.ccdgen.com

xml2ccd is an XML format that will (soon) be importable into the CCD-Gen to allow the creation of CCDs via other tools such as the Freemind mind mapping tool. https://github.com/mlhim/tools

For the latest news and information and to discuss MLHIM and ask questions regarding implementation, please join the MLHIM Community on Google Plus at  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117032458601124539887 

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+Andy Oram has written a report on healthcare IT, published by O'Reilly as a free PDF (other formats are available if you search on their website).  In my opinion this report gives a very good overview of the challenges faced in integrating IT into healthcare.   

This report should be required reading for anyone transitioning into healthcare IT; either from other IT domains or from any healthcare area. 

I hope that he can follow this report with one that goes deeper into the technical issues of interoperability (which is the foundational problem).  He does discuss the usefulness and some of the issues around open source software.  I have stated many times that open source and open content are necessary but not sufficient for successful syntactic and semantic interoperability.  A foundational, bottom up approach like +MLHIM is required. 

Overall, this is the most pragmatic and at the same time concise description of the problems facing healthcare IT today.  *If you work in healthcare IT, you need to read this ebook*  

Great job +Andy Oram      

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I wrote this largely because I'm so frustrated with my present NHS trust inability to move with the times and due to the awful awful healthcare system they've decided to use. Was hoping to possibly write this as a way of proposal for them as they keep on saying that they are looking for was to save money.

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The 2.4.3 Release of the MLHIM Specifications and Reference Implementation are now available for download. 

This release includes a few bug fixes and a MAJOR documentation upgrade.  The documentation now includes a walk through (with line numbers) of a data instance to CCD to Reference Model components as well as in-depth explanations on how +MLHIM provides future-proof syntactic and semantic interoperability for existing systems and new systems.

Look for the large green download button on the right side of the Launchpad page at the link below. 

B sure to join the MLHIM Community at http://gplus.to/MLHIMComm 

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Hi +Sander van Zoest I'd like to hear more about your ideas for the future at OneHealth.  Are you working on purpose specific applications?  Are you familiar with multi-level modelling your applications?  IT is an approach to improve semantic interoperability.  Though it isn't mainstream yet.  IT has been in research, development and implementation around the world for more than 20 years.  Stop in to the Healthcare IT community and check out our upcoming free workshops via Hangouts. 
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