View the 2010 Medical Track!
Held at the Columbus Convention Center

Ohio Linx Fest, Columbus Ohio

The NEXT Medial track will be same place, - Sept 10, 2011
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Why we are doing this -

The Linux Fest is a great opportunity to create stronger forward momentum.
for open source supported medical health for everyone.

This is especially appropriate with this years theme-

"Saving the World with Open Source Software".

The first thing to do is to save ourselves with creative, timely and cost effective medical care -
and open source medical infrastructure is the very thing that can help us pull this off!
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Who should attend-

* Those in the medical profession
* Students interested in nursing, medicine, public health, public policy or government
* Patients and caregivers who would like to have control over their own medical records
* Free and open source advocates and programmers interested in a healthier world.

More background information about this track is seen in the article titled- Government Saves Lives with Free Software ( Scroll down to second story).

An schedule of speakers is seen here, times are subject to change as more speakers are approved.

Friday Sept 10, 2010

11:00 to 11:40 Ruth Suehle, from RED HAT and OS Medical interventions around the world
11:45 to 12:30 Lunch on your own - food court conveniently located right down the hall!
12:30 to 2:30pm Susan Rose MSN RN-BC, The Electronic Medical Revolution
2:45 to 5pm Dr.David Chan, Workshop- OSCAR (Number one open source medical app in Canada.)

Saturday Sept 11, 2010

10-11am Dr. David Chan
11 -12 Fred Trotter- Comparing OS Medical Records
12-1 Life Span Planning Record - See Video!
1-1:45pm Lunch
1:45-2:30 Amy Andres- Health Information Exchange
2:30- 3:30 Dr. Robert Budman - Choosing the Right Electronic Medical Record
3:30-4:30 Dr. Andrew Barbash- Virtual Medicine
4:30 -5:00What is "Meaningful Use"? - A Panel Discussion

Medical Track Speakers

Susan Rose RN MSN

Amy Andres

is the chairperson of the Ohio Health Information Partnership. Andres was chosen for the role because of her background in government, health and information technology. She is the current Ohio Department of Insurance’s chief of staff. She previously led the pharmacy benefits management business for Chicago-based electronic prescribing company AllScripts, and held positions with CVS ProCare and IT consulting firm Sarcom. She also worked as the CIO for the Ohio Department of Education.
Ms Andres will be speaking on the future goal of a state-wide electronic health information exchange. They hope to connect a variety of health systems regardless of the type of Electronic Medical Record they are currently using.
Details of this organization can be viewed here.

Andrew Barbash, MD -

is the Medical Director, Neurosciences and Stroke Program-Holy Cross Hospital, a practicing neurologist with a focus on stroke care. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Apractis Solutions "Collaboration Partners". Dr. Barbash also oversaw the development and operational deployment of the Electronic Medical Record at Kaiser Mid-Atlantic for 7 years. He is one of the founders of the UpDox Network ( Dr. Barbash will be presenting live from a virtual medical office on the topic of “Open Workflow Models”.
Dr Barbash's web site is found here.

Robert D. Budman, MD, MBA - Physician Executive/Clinical Liaison

has more than 22 years experience working in various clinical settings, including family practice, workers compensation and emergency medicine. He has more than 11 years of EHR development and user experience, and working knowledge of several EHRs. Currently a professor of family medicine at the University of California at Irvine, he also teaches at the University of Phoenix School of Business. He was formerly family practice chairman at St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group of Orange County, California. A two-time Physician of Excellence with the Orange County Medical Association, his professional commitment and adventurous spirit have led to experiences as physician for the 1998 RMS Titanic Recovery Expedition, cruise ships, and two tours in the Australian Outback—as a physician relief rover and as a "Royal Flying Doctor."
His presentations at the OLF include: Avoiding mistakes when selecting the right electronic medical record. There will be a comparison of proprietary and open source programs. Secondly, Dr. Budman will also join in a panel discussion at the end of the track discussing the “meaningful use” when using an EMR.
Dr Budman's web site is found here.

Dr. David Chan

is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He worked as a software engineer prior to entering the field of medicine. Dr. Chan has devoted the past 25+ years in developing Free/Open Source Software solutions to enhance patient care. He has developed a set of web-based applications collectively known as OSCAR (Open Source Clinical Applications and Resources). These include a government certified and award winning Electronic Medical Record (, a patient controlled personal health record (, and a social networking web application ( for pharmacists and physicians to exchange drug related knowledge. OSCAR has a thriving community of developers and users from across Canada and many parts of the world. He is currently conducting a number of research projects to improve patient outcomes utilizing the data generated from the OSCAR programs.
Dr. Chan will be holding a workshop at OLF on OSCAR on Friday, and a lecture on Saturday as well.
More info on Dr Chan's presentations can be found here.

Susan Rose RN MSN

SusanRose, MSN, RN-BC

is welcomed as the 2010 Ohio Linux Fest Medical Track Chair. Her passion and commitment to medical informatics sprang from her desire to bring more freedom to patients, caregivers and staff who care for them. She has been in patient care for over 30 years, with the last 25 within in the Veterans Administration Health Care System. Susan began her practice as an ADN from Community college of Allegheny County, and competed a Bachelors and Masters in Nursing from Carlow University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Rose is a former chair of the VA Special Interest Group for the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing. She is a regional net worker for the American Holistic Nurses Association. Susan Rose has achieved certifications in Gerontology, Nephrology and Ambulatory Care nursing practice. She experienced first hand - the conversion from paper medical records to a solely electronic medical- nursing practice. Susan Rose is currently a case manager in a primary care utilizing the VISTA and CPRS Computerized Patient Record System, electronic programs that are available to all.
She is welcomed as the Ohio Linux Fest Medical Track Chair, and will be present “ The Electronic Medical Revolution” on Friday, September 10th at 12:30pm. This continuing nursing education activity was approved for 2 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
With her practical experience, Susan will describe the evolution of how clinical decision making has become interwoven with the electronic medical record. The goals are to show how rapid-fire data transmission is changing practice as well as creating a “Medical Home”. She will discuss technologies for patient home assistance monitoring, just in time for the baby boomers! Susan Rose MSN RN-BC will wrap up the medical track at the conclusion on Saturday, with a panel discussion on “The Electronic Medical Record, What is its meaningful use?”
Susan is interviewed here.

Ruth Suehle

is a writer and editor in Brand Communications + Design at Red Hat. Previously an editor for Red Hat Magazine, Ruth leads discussions about the open source way in the Life channel of
Ms. Suehle will be speaking on Friday at OLF on Open Source medical interventions across the many continents in the world.
She is seen at

Fred Trotter

is a leading consultant and recognized expert for Open Source (FOSS) Health Software. In recognition of his experience, Trotter was the only Open Source representative invited by the NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’. Fred Trotter manages the Open Source EHR review project with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Open Source Working Group (oswg). Fred is also a member of WorldVistA. Trotter has a B.S in Computer Science, a B.A in psychology and a B.A in philosophy from Trinity University. Before working directly on health software, Trotter passed the CISSP certification and consulted for VeriSign on HIPAA security for major hospitals and health institutions. Mr Trotter is also affiliated with a non profit organization, Cautious Patient.
His presentations at the OLF include: A Saturday afternoon talk providing a history of the open source healthcare movement, as well as a comparison of the many currently available open source Electronic Medical Record (EMR ) systems. Fred will also help us look into the future where we can “Connect” the dots ( or the EMR’s ) with a National Health Information Network. Secondly, Mr. Trotter will also join in a panel discussion at the end of the track discussing the “meaningful use” when using an EMR.
Mr Trotter's web site is found here.

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Questions? email -Susan Rose RN, MSN
Medical Track Chairperson
and webmaster for Street Smart Nurse.