Name: Tim Cook
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4/29/2003 - Well, it's been a long time since I updated here. Since then the company Free Practice Management, Inc. has come and gone. I have down sized back to a small company and things are running much better without the bickering between partners.
Fortunately for open source I was able to salvage a good deal of the code and bring to life a new application even though I lost the domain names etc with the previous company.
The new application is _Trusted Opensource Records for Care and Health_ (TORCH) and can be found at


I have been an opensource user for many years. I have worked part-time promoting the use of open source software in the medical community since 1998. I have worked full-time on opensource projects since January 2000. I am a founding member of the "Open Source Health Care Alliance" ( Previously on contract with Minoru Development Corporation ( developing Circare and other opensource projects for the healthcare industry in Canada. Currently developing an opensource application for pathologists offices under contract with a local private practice pathologist. I am the lead developer and working full-time on "Free Practice Management" (FreePM) an opensource electronic medical record / practice management application for physicians.

7/28/2001 - It's amazing how little time you have for these things when you are in a startup phase. ;-)


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FreePM is moving along. I have been busy implementing some updates to the prescription module. Things that were sent to me by Dr. Chason Hayes. I'm trying to convince Dr. Alex Caldwell (TkFP) to work on a GUI for FreePM. He has done some interesting things on TkFP with Tcl/Tk. We'll see what happens.

Some suggestions from the FreePM discussion list have led me to release just the prescription & patient registration modules as a functional package. This may encourage use by several physicians that would not want to put the time & effort in to install a complete EMR/PM system from scratch.

Two weeks + between diary entries. That pretty much proves that I don't do diaries I guess. I have enough trouble keeping up with daily notes laying around the desk.

I'm also two weeks late getting the HOWTOs categorized for the Zope site. Sorry guys. I hope you don't make business plans based on the response time of volunteers.

FreePM is coming along nicely. Added quite a few things that are already on the feature list. I've gained a lot of 'Zope Zen' (some painful) the past couple of weeks.

One thing really frosted me this week was the patent announcement by eMedicine. They seemed to have patented "Group Publishing Systems" on he internet / on intranets and everywhere. I see so much prior art (CVS, PCVS, wikkiwikkiweb, and of course Zope and most things built on it ) that it's astounding. Someone has to challenge this patent.

Back to work....

I have decided that I am taking a laptop and FreePM to the Americam Medical Informatics Association meeting in Los Angeles in early November. This will be a great opportunity to show it to some physicians and answer questions one on one. I'll be just about ready for beta and should be able to get several offices lined up to use it.

It's a pretty hard sell to get people to put in the time required for a good beta when you're talking about a mission critical / time consuming application like this.

I'll also get to meet several of the openhealth mailing list members there. So we will probably have an opensource BOF of some type.

FreePM is coming along. I have begun reimplementation using ZClasses in Zope. It makes for a very maintainable, customizable application.

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