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[Health-announce] Release of GNU Health 3.4

From: Luis Falcon
Subject: [Health-announce] Release of GNU Health 3.4
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:47:15 +0000

Dear community

We are proud to announce the release of GNU Health 3.2 series !

It's been over a year of hard work, integrating the latest in
technology in Social Medicine and bioinformatics into GNU Health.

This version incorporates many cool features, some of them are :

    * The GNU Health Federation model
    * Thalamus message server
    * New Health Information System (on MongoDB)
    * Person Master Index
    * MongoDB support (on the HIS)
    * Updated UniprotKB database with over 30K protein natural variants
    * Contextualized information on genetics and social determinants
    * Genetic and family history and environmental factors integrated to
      the Page of Life and Federation The GNU Health Book of Life
    * Tryton 4.6 integration on the HMIS node
    * All GNU Health packages are natively in Python 3
    * Enhanced support for Calendar and WebDAV system
    * GNU LIMS improvements in views
    * Pypi packages with our own name ("gnuhealth-<package>")
    * Native client has a command line interface
    * Over 30 new commands for the main daily tasks
    * Enhanced GNU Health camera plugin, including zoom
    * Activity Log window on the client
    * SYSINFO command to retrieve the information about client and
      server Customize the banner on the client
    * Reports are generated now in PDF format

== The GNU Health Federation ==

The GNU Health Federation (aka, The Federation) is here !
This is revolutionary and ground breaking. With the Federation, we will
be able to integrate heterogeneous systems and build large regional and
national health networks. No more data isolation. No more silos. The
GNU Health Federation is a great tool for the people, health
practitioners, research institutions and public health systems.

Relevant demographics and medical information will be up-to-date, no
matter where the person and patient visits. It is great tool for early
detection on epidemics, improving the health promotion and disease
prevention campaigns.

I am also optimist about the role of the Federation in integrative and
precision medicine. It combines Nature and Nurture, and can shed light
on the diagnostic and therapeutics of devastating and elusive genetic
diseases, cancer and autoimmune disorders.

The GNU Health Federation components (eg, Thalamus), will have their
own development process, so they can be integrated with each of the
other GNU Health projects without blocking each other.

This journey is just starting, but I trust that, as a community, we'll
be able to tackle today and future issues in health.

== Derivative languages / translations ==

GNU Health takes the approach of derivative languages, which will
simplify the localization effort. Basically, for languages who have
many strings in common, will only have to work on those strings that
differ from a main source. Let's take the example of Spanish. The new
approach will work in the following way:

  * One source language "es"
  * Many derivative / regional languages (es_ES, es_AR, es_PE,
    es_VE ... ).

Until now, each derivative language had, except the local terminology,
the same strings as the source. That makes localization harder to
maintain,and larger in size. The new method allow the translators to
focus on the main source language, greatly improving the quality of the
translation, and without duplication.

Please make sure that you focus on the generic language first, and only
add local terms in the derivative language. Summary of Upgrade steps

    * Make a FULL BACKUP your kernel, database and attach
      directories !!! Follow the instructions on the Wikibooks.
    * Apply the SQL script "upgrade_34.sql" found under
      scripts/upgrade/3.4 of the main source installation tarball.
    * Upgrade the instance

Last but not matter how hard we try to avoid them, there
will be bugs, so please test the new system, upgrade process,
languages, ... and please report them via address@hidden

Enjoy Freedom in Healthcare ! 

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