Open Source GP Project Takes Off [UK]

Rebecca Todd | eHealth Insider | October 18, 2012

A locum GP is co-directing a project to develop an open source GP clinical system to allow "true interoperability" with other healthcare systems. Dr Marcus Baw told EHI Primary Care the idea of an open source primary care system has been “knocking around for years” amongst GPs that code.

“The open source model fits in very neatly with the NHS model because it’s about the sharing of ideas and the ideology of the NHS is essentially about sharing the risk of illness.” Dr Baw introduced the idea at an NHS Hack Day held in September where he got an enthusiastic response.

He has since teamed up with Tactix4 director and software developer Rob Dyke and Ewan Davis, founder of the Healthcare App Network for Development and Innovation, to create the openGPSoC Project. The group’s manifesto, setting out what they are trying to achieve and how they plan to achieve it, is available on the project website...