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LinuxNews.com: FreePM Forges into a Wide Open Medical Software Frontier

Nov 09, 2000, 19:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

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"Tim Cook speaks softly, but carries a big stick. With the public debut of his project at the Los Angeles conference of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the soft-spoken, ex-Marine and ex-hospital IT tech is swinging a stick that could crack open an area where the open source force could really make its mark."

"FreePM, or Free Practice Management, is the brainchild of Cook, about half a dozen regular developers and many more active contributors. The project's aim is a lofty one, and thus far unattainable by mortal man: Making sense out of medical IT systems."

"Forged from free software available at the project site and currently in beta testing, FreePM is an XML-based medical informatics system that aspires to replace the cumbersome, pre-packaged, inflexible, incompatible and unaffordable clutter of medical applications and databases that currently infest the world's hospitals, clinics and medical offices. Cook also intends to make the informatics process simpler for medical personnel, who want specificity, support and simplification from these projects, and would love to see it offered at a price substantially lower than the rates offered by proprietary companies."

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