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1 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Opportunities: Alternative Health Technology Low-Cost Health Management Information Systems Fouad Riaz Bajwa FOSS Advocate OSHCA Conference 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

2 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Agenda What is Alternative Healthcare Technology and Access? AHT Introduction to the low-cost Alternative Hardware Access Examples of Alternative Hardware One Laptop Per Child Intel Classmate PC INK mPC – Affordable Computer

3 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds AHT – Alternative Healthcare Technology

4 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Alternative Healthcare Technology AHT AHT involves a combination of Free and Open Source Software Health Management Information Systems and low-cost Hardware Access Technology Solutions. Strategy involves identifying and educating potential Healthcare and Medical Services Provision entities that can benefit from Alternative Healthcare Technology.

5 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Alternative Healthcare Technology AHT AHT facilitates breaking the commonly perceived norms that Healthcare and Medical Information Management Systems are very costly to implement or are scarcely available. AHT Advisers are experienced HMIS professionals that have worked extensively in the area of implementing such systems in both SMB and Enterprise Hospital environments.

6 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Alternative Healthcare Technology AHT AHT Advisers and Stakeholders can engage through both on-line and off-line consultations on a regular basis. Stakeholders receive expert level advice and support from AHT Advisers including first hand experience case studies as well as capacity building, design, acquisition of FOSS technology, implementation and maintenance support.

7 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds AHT Model Alternative Hardware Availability Alternative Software Availability Expert Advice Local SkillsSupport Local Availability of Knowledge On-line and off-line Communities of learning and practice

8 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Types of Alternative Hardware OLPC – One Laptop Per Child Target Market: Schools OS: Linux Wireless: G Video Play back – NO Storage: USB device Programs: Book reader, browser, , PDF reader, text writer Battery Run Time: 4hrs. (has a hand pull charger) Extensibility: USB

9 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds OLPC Screen: Liquid-crystal display: 7.5” Dual-mode TFT display (includes black and white daylight mode) Expected cost: $ *not sold to public Strengths: Well integrated design, designed for rugged use. Inventive use of technology. Very Low cost. Excellent TCO, Good brand recognition Weaknesses: Small number of software programs (extremely limited use), subject to OS infections and OS alterations. Poor quality CPU for Media, low memory. No ability to play Media No more expected to be sold at US$

10 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Types of Alternative Hardware INTEL – Classmate PC Target Market: Schools grades 5-10 OS: Windows XP or Linux Wireless: G Video Playback- yes Storage: Writeable Flash memory 1GB Programs: Variable, user controlled, Browser, , Media Player

11 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Classmate PC Battery Run Time: 4 hrs Extensibility: RS232 USB Screen: 7” 800X400 TFT Display Expected Costs: $ * Intel does not make them so price will vary considerably Strengths: Nicely Designed, good use of flash memory, nice choice of CPU. Has a much broader range of uses than the OLPC. Can be customized. Good PR and good brand recognition Weaknesses: Smallest screen, cannot run more than 4 hrs on battery, subject to OS infections, requires maintenance, requires purchase of programs. Poor TCO

12 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Types of Alternative Hardware INK mPC Affordable Computing Target Market: Schools, Homes and Small Businesses OS: Linux Wireless G Video playback- Yes Storage: USB Device Programs: Completely Open Source Operating System and Tools.

13 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds INK mPC Laptop Battery runtime 8hrs (double battery pack) – alternative charging possible as runs on 12volt supply Extensibility: USB Screen: 8.1” TFT 600X800 Expected Cost: $ (or $210 for simpler version) to local partner, street price higher. Strengths: Protected OS, Largest screen, Lots of programs, operates in multiple languages, plays all forms of media, excellent battery life, nice form factor. Excellent TCO

14 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds AHT Sustainability Global Knowledge Local OSHCA Chapter Local Knowledge Local WorldVisTa Local Stakeholders

15 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds EU OLDES System

16 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Keeping in Mind For both Open and Closed Source Software Systems, some risks are different, but as long as you're aware of them, you can manage them. The first and foremost defense against any issue is being knowledgeable and then qualified developers and professionals.

17 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Conclusion Develop local skills One solution doesn't fit in every situation Develop local communities of learning and practice Bring multi-stakeholders together Plan locally to deploy locally Remember, there are costs involved in FOSS but these can be significantly reduced

18 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Further Reading INK mPC –http://www.ink-media.org Intel Classmate PC –http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/classmatepc OLPC –http://www.laptop.org

19 Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds Q & A Session Thank You!


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