CodeWeavers develops health care Linux port
- By John Moore
- Mar 10, 2006
User interface software that physicians use to access a free electronic health records application will be ported to Linux.
CodeWeavers, based in St. Paul, Minn., has undertaken an effort to port the Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) component of VistA for use on Linux-based computers. The Department of Veterans Affairs developed VistA, the server portion of which has run on Linux for some time, according to a CodeWeavers spokeswoman.
The CPRS graphical user interface, however, is based on Windows. CodeWeavers's Linux port of CPRS doesn't run natively under Linux. Instead, CodeWeavers uses a CPRS-specific version of its CrossOver Office software to run CPRS, the spokeswoman said.
CrossOver Office lets customers install Windows applications and plugins in Linux. The product is based on Wine, an open source program loader that is able to run Windows applications on Linux.
The CPRS version is currently in beta form, according to the spokeswoman. CodeWeavers will wait for the newest version of CPRS, expected in a few weeks, before pursuing a releasable product, she added.
WorldVistA, a non-profit group that aims to improve VistA, will promote the Linux-driven CPRS component to non profits and healthcare providers in developing nations.
CodeWeavers aims to create a pricing model that will enable healthcare organizations to acquire the CPRS-specific version of CrossOver Office at a lower cost than the standard version of CrossOver Office, the spokeswoman said.
John Moore is a freelance writer based in Syracuse, N.Y.