Other fields than only biology

Looking at all efforts mentioned above (except Fedora Medical and openSUSE Medical) it becomes evident that they are all limited to biological software. Previously it was stated that one strong column of Debian Med is this specific field. This is the case for a specific reason: The amount of free biological software is large and most of these projects are relatively easy to turn into packages - therefore the amount of work per package is much smaller compared to, for instance, medical record applications with preparation of databases, dedicated user management.

There is one major difference between the projects mentioned above and Debian Med: While the biological part is really interesting for medical care, Debian Med tries to cover all other fields of medical care as well. This goal is not yet reached but work in this direction is continuously performed and some important steps are done.

Andreas Tille 2010-12-10