Open source in healthcare, quality assurance group helps out

Speaker(s) : Hans de Raad

  • Language : Anglais
  • Level : Newbie
  • Nature : Conference
  • Date : Wednesday 8 July 2015
  • Schedule : 14h40
  • Duration : 20 minutes
  • Place : 101

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Open source systems are almost omnipresent nowadays in ICT environments, the community oriented approach works extremely well for distributed and mostly disconnected (or even competing) stakeholders. Healthcare and medical however require a very thorough approach with regards to regulatory compliance, and most open source projects don’t seem to fulfill those needs by themselves.

The Dutch Association of Research Quality Assurance is to assist in qualifying open source software solutions for use in health care. Approved solutions will be given so-called qualification statements, asserting compliance with European and global health care ICT standards.

DARQA hopes to endorse hospital information systems, document management tools, archiving solutions and software for data analysis. Validation has started for telemedicine tools OpenTele and OpenEHR, an electronic patient record system.

We are reaching out to European open source health care initiatives, including the Danish OpenTele telemedicine project and the Norwegian DHIS 2 medical data analysis solution.
In May, we’ve organised the first Kolab user conference in The Hague, including presentations on OpenTele and DHIS.

DARQA also strives to validate the open source groupware solution Kolab as they believe that communication and collaborative technologies are very much a necessity for any modern business, but these systems must very definitely include all the requirements that regulatory compliance demands from them.

Hans de Raad
Hans de Raad is the chairman of the ICT board of DARQA (foundation for healthcare, pharma and medical quality assurance professionals)

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