LOTS of things had to come together since my last post.
Aart (my programmer partner) has been granted access to the main CVS trunk for OSCAR, and he has some very exciting ideas on modernizing the software to have a much more modern look & feel. We're going to immediately implement this modern "Mac-esque" look & feel of OSCAR to the Alberta Version's billing page. It's going to be very cool!
We need to build a larger user base for OSCAR in Alberta - to that end, I'm going to start my campaign through paid ads, demos and through the Drug Reps. It'll be a LOT easier for naturally suspicious Alberta Docs to have a useable OSCAR to see in demo - so I'm working hard on the UI aspect of a presentation.
Today, I bought Macspeech - which uses the Dragon Naturally Speaking engine for speech recognition input into OSCAR. I also bought the Revolabs xtag wireless USB Microphone.
I also just learned that there is a firmware update for my Intel SSD drives that I put in my new servers!
Shouldn't be too long before we have a useable version of OSCAR for Alberta. In the mean time, I'm also renovating my office. I'm building a nice new LARGE work desk for my nurses (with nice granite counter tops & natural cherry cabinets & shelving, which will have nestled "holders" for the servers and OSCAR I/O computers. We're also putting in new flooring, new examination room tables, etc., etc. Should be nice when it is done.
One could argue that I'll never recoup my investment in OSCAR or my new "high end looking" office. But not everything is about money. It's also about how you feel when you go to work. My office environment will now be something closer to what you see on the TV show "Private Practice". It's nice to feel good about the work environment.....the Chinese have known this for 1000's of years.
I'm also buying the new Xerox multifunction printer, the 4260XM. It's expensive, but works like a hot damn for faxing, receiving fax to email/ftp and copying/printing/scanning (in duplex).