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Re: [Gnumed-devel] International Standards

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] International Standards
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2005 15:41:37 +0100
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On Mon, Dec 19, 2005 at 01:20:01AM -0200, Daniel Minahim wrote:

> 1) Of course we've got to keep in mind the local requirements (eg. German EMR 
> file, maybe the brazilian XML DTD for health records). But those should be 
> peripheral projects.
That's why I have solicited input from as many on-list as possible.

> 2) Although an international standard for EMR isn't readily available
OpenEHR comes closest. Note that there is a difference
between a health messaging standard and a health data
storage standard.

> We can come up with one top level standard
No, we can't (or rather shouldn't). (Well, anyone can embark
on that journey but that's not the journey GNUmed is
intended to take as far as I am concerned as it's a sure way
of wrecking GNUmeds true objectives.)  Remember, we are
masons building a home. (Actually we are the people who want
to *live* in that home, sad enough we have to build it
ourselves.) We sure as hell don't want to invent brick and

We can, however, shop around a bit for who's got the best
build-your-home kit and perhaps combine a few things here
and there.

> We have a chance of creating a 'de facto' standard or
> working with IMIA or WHO.
Down that road lies peril only.

> The later should be interested in standard that came from
> a international cooperation group.
"should" is the key word here.

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