Thursday, May 28, 2009

FOSS EMR visibility

Thanks to the great work Andreas Tille from Debian is doing I was able to quickly supply packages for various Ubuntu releases.
Every once in a while I search for GNUmed via Google. I am always surprised that it will come up at a number of places when people are looking for alternatives to closed source EMR packages.

I was even able to find threads that indicate that users we are not aware of through the mailing list actually have succeeded in getting GNUmed to run in their machines. Most of the time they use Ubuntu which is only possible because of the work of Andreas and the Debian-med team.

But there is another side of the coin as well. When putting in Linux and EMR into google the interested searcher is not directed to a site that presents the FOSS EMRs in a light that would make one try it.

FOSS EMR are as badly represented as possible. There is no room for the 'not invented here' syndrome. It is a small market and we better make damn sure we represent the FOSS EMR ecosystem as good as possible.

This primarly involves to allocate ressources at
1.) user friendly packaging
2.) user friendly package distribution
3.) user targeted software descriptions

At GNUmed we have come a long way and even put some serious cash from our own pockets behind this. Unfortunately not all projects seem to understand this issue.
First they (users and competitors) ignore you. Then they will laugh at you. Then the fight you. Then you win. FOSS EMR are barely beyond the ignore phase.

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