I am cross posting this to the openhealth and OSHCA mailing lists though it originated on the AMIA OSWG list.
There is a conference call scheduled for 0500GMT Friday 18 January, 2008 between the current holders of the EVIDENCE-BASED GUIDELINES AND DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEM (EGADSS) project (http://www.egadss.org) and an interested open source EMR project that is active and long standing. I am just a facilitator.
On short notice, I would like to know how many of the members of these mailing lists are interested in contributing (writing code/documentation/MLM’s) for a project like EGADSS? This information
may help in the context of the conference call.
I personally would like to see EGADSS revived. I had to leave the project early on for personal reasons and after I left there were no other open source promoters to build a community.
A member of the AMIA OS-WG posted the below (very legitimate) comments about EGADSS. I will address them inline.
> EGADSS seems like a good idea but it’s hard to say how well the project is going.
> I have followed the project for the last few years and here are some things I see.
> (1) They don’t have a work demo on their site.
There was a demo running on a server in the offices but once funding stopped it was taken down.
> (2) Their website hasn’t changed in 2 years (at all).
Again, no open source advocate, no continuation of those things.
> (3) I’ve never seen a working demo
I wish you had seen it.
> (4) There has been no tracker activity for 3 years.
Yep, no advocate, no activity. They didn’t "get" open source.
> (5) The status of the project is alpha (meaning, not really close to
> ready for prime time).
Actually I think this is a bad label applied by people that didn’t want to be bothered. It really does work. It should have been in at least a beat state to encourage others to use it.
> I’ve always wanted EGADSS to succeed, but the pace is very slow.
> I can’t say I’d invest a lot of time building a CDS on an alpha
> release of a slow project.
I really hope that I can reason with the current holders of the IP (I hate that acronym but don’t have a better one) on this call and show them that this can be much more than just a government funded academic exercise. My understanding is that it is being used in a computer science course but obviously none of that work ever gets rolled back into the project.
It will be great to see some emails of support from this community so I will have better information for the conference call.