CURE International Offers Freely-available Open-source Software Platform to Developing-World Hospitals
Jan. 28, 2016–Lemoyne, PA–CURE International, one of the largest providers of specialty pediatric surgical care in the developing world, is pleased to introduce HospitalRun. HospitalRun is an open source project led by members of the CURE International technology team to provide a freely available, modern software platform for developing world hospitals. The project hopes to reach a publicly available version of the platform later this year.
“We’re excited to invite the open source world to partner with CURE International on HospitalRun,” said Dale Brantner, president and CEO of CURE International. “I sincerely believe CURE is becoming as well known for our innovative technology as we are for healing children. For the last few years, our technology team has been investing in platforms that address the challenges faced by the CURE network of hospitals and programs. We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to share this remarkable work with thousands of facilities across the developing world that face the same information technology challenges.”
HospitalRun seeks to provide a modern, open-source software platform for developing world hospitals. Started in 2014, the project was born out of years of work by CURE’s technology team in the area of cloud-based software solutions for developing world settings. HospitalRun focuses on user experience and usability as key objectives and utilizes a software methodology known as offline-first development as well as technologies like Node.js, CouchDB, and Ember to pursue its unique goals of providing cloud-based hospital software to areas of the world where Internet access is less reliable.
“Not every part of the world has ubiquitous network connectivity, and bringing web applications to places with unreliable Internet access is quite an ambitious project,” offered Yehuda Katz of the Ember open source project. “It’s exciting that HospitalRun chose Ember for this project, which will help the Ember community gain even more experience with challenging, offline-first applications. A healthy HospitalRun project will add to the growing number of web applications that have successful deployments in the developing world, giving other teams the confidence to try the same thing.”
“The project team has ambitious goals for HospitalRun,” explains Joel Worrall, CURE’s chief technology officer and a member of the HospitalRun core team. “We believe that a cloud-based, end-to-end solution that focuses on the unique needs and challenges of developing-world hospitals is possible. For HospitalRun, usability is the key problem we’re trying to address. We’re not just focused on clinical and administrative user experience; we want HospitalRun to be a solution that is easy to setup, simple to administer, and delightful for code contributors, all while being a structured platform for technology volunteerism.”
Reaching those goals will be a long-term challenge, but the first step will be the version 1.0 release targeted for July 2016. Contributors and those interested in more information are encouraged to visit the project website at hospitalrun.io.
HospitalRun is a modern, open-source software platform for developing world hospitals. The project aims to provide a cloud-based hospital information solution that makes usability a primary objective and supports the technical and business needs of thousands of healthcare facilities throughout the developing world. For more information, to get involved in the open source project, or to make a donation to support the development and deployment of HospitalRun, visit hospitalrun.io.
CURE International is a nonprofit network of charitable hospitals and surgical programs in 30 countries worldwide that delivers life-changing medical care and the good news of God’s love to children with treatable conditions. To date, CURE has assisted more than 2.8 million patients, performed more than 204,000 surgeries and trained over 7,200 medical professionals. For more information or to make a donation, visit cure.org.
More information about CURE International is available at cure.org/press.