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Web-Based Medical Information Systems

About Us

A word from the founder.

I am primarily a physician working in the public health system. I deal with badly designed error-riddled, ancient information systems on a daily basis. Numerous examples exist of healthcare IT disasters that cost lives and money. (See below). I believe the solution to low cost, high quality medical software is a modular approach.

I am a qualified and experienced software developer familiar with applying engineering principles to complex project and Software design (Software Engineering). I have a degree in Computer Science and have an interest in the theoretical and practical aspects of improving software quality and reliability without excessive cost. I do not make a living from software development, and do not charge commercial rates for non-commercial customers. My philosophy of software development is very different from a full-time software developer or commercial business.

The MDWeb application platform does not have "planned obsolescence" built in. It is designed to be completely end-user maintainable far into the future. Full source code is safely stored in an online Repository and will be made open-source when ready.

Many custom designed healthcare information systems fail miserable to meet expectation, often because the developer has no clue what it should really do. This is not a problem for me.

Please read the FAQ page for more information on our product.

Design Philosophy - Data Quality Assurance and Safety

The MDWeb Platform was developed using Software Engineering principles, incorporating robust error-prevention techniques, adapted from industry and medicine. (Futher reading: Poka-Yoke, Software Quality, Swiss Cheese Model). The goal is to guard against errors not just by the end-user but the developer as well. These concepts are not in common use in the (totally unregulated) software development industry, and are more often found in life critical systems (such as the military, aerospace and nuclear industries).

The Team

Dr Gerald Waters

The founder of MDWeb is a Renal Physician who has an interest in computer software development. He has had 20 years experience writing software for multiple operating systems and purposes. He completed a degree in Computer Science at Otago University while studying medicine, having already had several years experience working as a part time software developer.

Medical Software Historical Background

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - Santayana 

Following is a suggested reading list for those who are interested in the history of medical software mishaps and disasters.

Similar financial disasters exist in other public services - eg INCIS, Novopay. No shortage of examples. The same mistakes are repeated over and over again.

Software Engineering

Software Engineering is the "application of a systematic, disciplined, quantifiable approach to the development, operation and maintenance of software". The engineering process ensures safety, quality and reliability.

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