LIFOSS – Libre/Free and Open Source Software


  • Tom Kane

Main Objectives

  • to help replicate the success of free/libre and open source projects in the health informatics domain, in particular those within education, research, clinical practice and administration
  • to build a repository of knowledge about free/libre and open source developments of relevance to the health informatics domain
  • to develop an Open Source Market Place
  • to explore the implications of digital rights management, digital signatures, copyright and intellectual property issues
  • to liaise with other organizations and groups with related or similar objectives

Relevant Activities 2017

Activities planned for 2018

Relevant Publications

  • Karopka T, Schmuhl H, Demski H. Free/Libre Open Source Software in Health Care: A Review. Healthc Inform Res. 2014 Jan;20(1):11–22. Retrieved from :
  • Schmuhl, H., Heinze, O., & Bergh, B. (2013). Use of Open Source Software in Health Care Delivery – Results of a Qualitative Field Study. Contribution of the EFMI LIFOSS Working Group. Yearbook of medical informatics, 8(1), 107–13. Retrieved from
  • Paton C, Karopka T. The Role of Free/Libre and Open Source Software in Learning Health Systems. Yearb Med Inform. 8. Mai 2017;26(1). Retrieved from:

If you want to become a member of the LIFOSS Working Group, please contact with the Chair of the Working Group