iPath

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iPath
IPathLogo.jpg
Original author(s) Kurt Brauchli
Developer(s) Institute of Pathology of the University of Basel
Initial release May 22, 2001 (2001-05-22)[1][2]
Stable release

2.1.15  (January 2, 2020; 20 months ago (2020-01-02))

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Preview release none [±]
Written in PHP
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Ukrainian
Type Laboratory informatics software
License(s) GNU General Public License
Website sourceforge.net/apps/trac/ipath/

iPath is a free open-source "collaborative platform for exchange of medical knowledge, distance consultations, group discussions and distance teaching in medicine."[3]

Product history

In 2000 the University of Basel's Department of Pathology required an upgrade of its telemicroscopy system to a more open, web-based solution that would allow easier collaboration on pathology projects. From this iPath was born, released to the general public in May 2001 as open-source via SourceForge.[1][2] In early 2002, starting with release 0.3.1, the project was then moved from SourceForge to Savannah.[4]

However, by early 2005 weaknesses in the programming (vague development model; poor separation of data and visualization layers; inability to support large user numbers) became apparent, necessitating a complete redevelopment of iPath (as version 2.0).[1]

In March 2009, the project slowly began moving back to SourceForge.[5] The last verifiable release of iPath is version 2.1.9 on January 28, 2010. The current development status of this project is extremely vague. Live examples of iPath on the Web show many with version 2.1.13, but no such file exists on the SourceForge page. The SourceForge repository does show activity on the project during 2012, however.[6]

In January 2020, a version 2.1.15 was unexpectedly released. The changelog with the file was not updated, so it's not clear what this version adds or updates.

These are the known release dates of iPath. Note some releases are missing due to incomplete data by the developer:

Version Release date
2.1.15 02 January 2020
2.1.13 Unknown
2.1.9 28 January 2010[7]
2.1.6 24 August 2009[8]
2.1.4 12 August 2009[7]
2.0.8 02 September 2008[9]
2.0.7 16 July 2008[9]
2.0.6 08 October 2007[9]
2.0.5 06 December 2006[9]
2.0.0 19 April 2006[10]
0.7.2 12 November 2004[11]
0.7.0 26 March 2004[12]
0.6.5 16 November 2002[11]
0.6.3 16 October 2002[11]
0.6 24 August 2002[11]
0.5.2 21 June 2002[12]
0.4.3 13 April 2002[13]
0.4.2 30 March 2002[13]
0.4.1 19 March 2002[13]
0.4.0 05 March 2002[13]
0.3.1 30 January 2002[1][2]
0.3 13 August 2001[14]
0.1.3 29 May 2001[2]
0.1 22 May 2001[2]

Features

Features of iPath include[1]:

  • virtual communities
  • case management
  • document management
  • commenting
  • custom forms
  • visualization
  • multi-language support
  • XML support
  • data import/export
  • user-based security
  • modular
  • telemicroscopy support

Hardware/software requirements

Requirements for installing iPath include:

  • Apache 1.3 or 2, or an IIS web server
  • PHP version 5+ with the DOM and XSL modules enabled
  • MySQL version 4 or 5, or PostgreSQL version 7 or 8
  • ImageMagick or alternatively the gd2module for PHP, with the gd2 module

Refer to the installation manual or this PDF document for more information.

Videos, screenshots, and other media

Screenshots can be found on the SourceForge page.

Demo examples of iPath can be found here.

Entities using iPath

Further reading



External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Brauchli, Kurt (2009). "Part II: The iPath Telemedicine System" (PDF). Telemedicine for Improving Access to Health Care in Low-Resource Areas: From Individual Diagnosis to Strengthening Health Systems. Suedwestdeutscher Verlag fuer Hochschulschriften. pp. 28–42. ISBN 3838103904. http://www.chos-wg.eu/ipath/The_iPath_Telemedicine_System.pdf. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "iPath Telemedicine Platform - News (Page 8)". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/news/index.php?group_id=27616&limit=5&offset=40. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  3. "iPath - University of Basel Telepathology Server". University of Basel. http://telepath.patho.unibas.ch/ipath/. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. Brauchli, Kurt (30 January 2002). "First Release on Savannah". Free Software Foundation, Inc.. http://savannah.nongnu.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=404. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  5. Brauchli, Kurt (10 March 2009). "Moving to SourceForge". Free Software Foundation, Inc.. http://savannah.nongnu.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=5697. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  6. "SCM Repositories > ipath > server > trunk > modules". SourceForge. http://ipath.svn.sourceforge.net/viewvc/ipath/server/trunk/modules/?sortby=date. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Home / iPath-Server / 2.1". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/ipath/files/iPath-Server/2.1/. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  8. "Software update 2.1.6". University of Basel. 24 August 2009. http://www.ipath-network.com/moldova/news/view/8326. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 "Home / iPath-Server / 2.0". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/ipath/files/iPath-Server/2.0/. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  10. "iPath Telemedicine Platform - News (Page 2)". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/news/index.php?group_id=27616&limit=5&offset=5. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "iPath - News". Free Software Foundation, Inc.. http://savannah.nongnu.org/news/?group_id=1146. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  12. 12.0 12.1 "iPath Telemedicine Platform - News (Page 5)". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/news/index.php?group_id=27616&limit=5&offset=25. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "Home / iPath-Server / 0.4". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/projects/ipath/files/iPath-Server/0.4/. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  14. "iPath Telemedicine Platform - News (Page 7)". SourceForge. http://sourceforge.net/news/index.php?group_id=27616&limit=5&offset=35. Retrieved 10 October 2012.