Am Dienstag, 15. Oktober 2013, 19:13:49 schrieb Zoltan Hoppar:
Yes, usually here at Hungary, I really miss one lightweight computer, that
would be usable not only for direct communication, else maybe for quick
analyses as tons of stuff can be plugged to USB. I would like to come
closer to this problem to have an distribution, softwares that provides a
tiny lab (EKG, EEG, carbon monoxide sensors, and many more) for emergency
units to their field kit, and gives direct contact to doctors, or other
specialists. With that, I think possibly we can replace with open source
based softwares 4-5 or more devices with only a single computer.
What do you think, you see any potential in this idea? Can we provide open
I am a doctor in Germany and I have trouble understanding what you are after.
Do you plan on replacing existing medical devices ? Good luck with that. All
medical devices need to be certified. OpenSource for certified devices ? What a
What tons of stuff that can be plugged into USB ? I am highly interested in
medical devices that can be pluged into USB and have usable and certifiable
software for GNU/Linux.
In a emergency response vehicle the only device that can be replaced with off-
the shelf hardware and software is a handheld device for filling and printing
emergency response forms.
Unless you find vendors that will open their drivers you will not be able to
replace EKG, EEG, ultrasound, sensors (which are connected to the EKG monitor)
any time soon.
However you should attempt to create a software platform for vendors to build
upon. It takes more then a spin. Think about hardening the software for the
hardware device. Optimize for boot speed. You don't have 30 seconds for that
thing to boot. I know that systems are sold that are even worse. But those
systems are made by rich companies.
If you manage to create a software stack that runs on some tablet from factor
device, boots the operating system up in 3 seconds, runs an EKG viewer for 
, runs GNUmed  you are well ahead of the crowd.
If you then manage to build a solution that makes available in almost realtime
the EKG and blood pressure information to a nearby hospital via wireless
uplink you are leading the crowd.
When you have achieved all this hire a marketing firm to promote your software
and a lawyer to fight the big ones in the industry. The cause is well worth the
Sebastian Hilbert, MD