Maintaining and updating the content of DEFs according to the latest evidence-based practice guidelines is a tough and tedious task. Rendering of DEFs on the computer screen or paper has an enormous impact on patient safety. Use of confusing abbreviations and inappropriate fonts may lead to events such as medication errors.
DEFs can be shared across healthcare facilities and even across geographic borders. However, for open-source DEFs to be feasible, DEFs should be in a standard format. TeXForMed is an attempt to create such an open-source repository of DEFs using the ubiquitous LaTeX.
Using a LaTeX framework will facilitate the use of existing tools such as LaTeX editors. Rendering and formatting can be accurately reproduced on a computer screen and paper. Forms can be either rendered as HTML inside Health Information Systems or as PDF files for printing in resource deprived regions.
I have created a stub for TexForMed under the E-Health group on GitHub. Implementation and standardization ideas are welcome from the international E-Health community. The aim is to use GIT for collaboration in creating the content for DEFs and the associated tools. I have a modular architecture in mind, but I would like to leave it open to encourage novel ideas.
Do give me a shout, if you find this interesting..