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Open Health News is a combined news, knowledge, and resource portal on all things related to open source in healthcare. It has become the premier site of choice for Open Health IT news and information. One of its goals is to become the definitive source of news and information about ‘open source’ health IT solutions and community activities. Another goal is to help raise awareness of the many high quality open source health IT products that have been developed and the growing number of organizations providing support for these products.

Mission: To be "The Voice for the Open Health Community"

Fax Technologies Take Center Stage at HIMSS19 Exhibition  #digitalfax #cloudfax #faxtechnologies #OpenHealthNews #HIMSS1...
02/14/2019
Fax Technologies Take Center Stage at HIMSS19 Exhibition | Open Health News

Fax Technologies Take Center Stage at HIMSS19 Exhibition #digitalfax #cloudfax #faxtechnologies #OpenHealthNews #HIMSS19 #HIMSS2019

One of the most surprising developments at HIMSS19 is the large number of companies exhibiting their Fax Technologies. Long derided by reporters, health IT consultants, and EHR vendors, fax technologies have been growing in leaps and bounds while EHRs continue to fail to deliver interoperability.

Open Health News Guide to HIMSS19. Looking at the conference through an Open Source and Free-Market standpoint   #HIMSS1...
02/12/2019
Open Health News Guide to HIMSS19 | Open Health News

Open Health News Guide to HIMSS19. Looking at the conference through an Open Source and Free-Market standpoint #HIMSS19 #HIMSS2019 #OpenHealth #OpenSource #OSEHRA #CAHIE #PULSE #HUMETRIX #healthIT

The annual gargantuan HIMSS conference is back in Orlando with over 45,000 participants from more than 90 countries. There will be more than 1,300 vendors at the exhibit floor and more than 300 educational sessions.

#HIMSS19: Open Source Software for Disaster Preparedness and Response  #OpenHealth #OpenSource #disasterresponse #health...
02/12/2019
HIMSS19: Open Source Software for Disaster Preparedness and Response | Open Health News

#HIMSS19: Open Source Software for Disaster Preparedness and Response #OpenHealth #OpenSource #disasterresponse #healthIT #PULSE #CAHIE #Campfire

Although not officially listed as a track at the HIMSS19 conference, there are a series of very important presentations on the use of open source software for disaster preparedness and response. This is a critical topic that we have covered extensively in Open Health News.

We Don't Need No Stinking Batteries. New technologies to power implantable medical devices and sensors https://buff.ly/2...
02/05/2019

We Don't Need No Stinking Batteries. New technologies to power implantable medical devices and sensors https://buff.ly/2HUxhvF #IoT #MoS2 #smartpills #WiFi #bluetooth

02/05/2019
HIMSS19: What to Look Out For | Open Health News

#HIMSS19: What to Look Out For. Noam Arzt suggestions for things to look for at the 2019 HIMSS conference #OpenHealth #HealthIT #interoperability #FHIR #datastandards @noamarzt @HLNConsulting

Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.The 2019 HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition is in many ways a daunting event. Upwards of 40,000 people will likely attend this combination of educational experience, trade show, and overall shmooz-fest. But many people who go to this conference have a tough time: its sheer siz...

Anatomy of a Public Health Open Source Project: HLN's Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) https://buff.ly/2RY6SSm #Ope...
01/31/2019

Anatomy of a Public Health Open Source Project: HLN's Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) https://buff.ly/2RY6SSm #OpenHealth #OpenSource #PublicHealth #ICE #OpenCDS #immunization @HLNConsulting

Do Unto #Robots As You...the rise of robots in the healthcare system and personal relationships https://buff.ly/2CUxc5k ...
01/30/2019

Do Unto #Robots As You...the rise of robots in the healthcare system and personal relationships https://buff.ly/2CUxc5k #robotics #AI

It's 2019. Smartphones are Out...On to the Next Big Thing...from voice assistants to a brain-computer interface https://...
01/29/2019

It's 2019. Smartphones are Out...On to the Next Big Thing...from voice assistants to a brain-computer interface https://buff.ly/2WtaeLV #BCI @BrainGateTeam

#AHRQ Releases Draft Guide for Registry #Interoperability: Does Public Health Have a Role?  #TEFCA #ONC #CDS #USCDI #EHR...
01/29/2019
AHRQ Releases Draft Guide for Registry Interoperability: Does Public Health Have a Role? | Open Health News

#AHRQ Releases Draft Guide for Registry #Interoperability: Does Public Health Have a Role? #TEFCA #ONC #CDS #USCDI #EHR #HealthIT

Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.On January 11, 2019, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a draft Addendum to the Third Edition of Registries for Evaluating Patient Outcomes: A User's Guide called Tool and Technologies for Registry Interoperability. AHRQ has long written about registrie...

The Microsoft Empire Strikes Back: Makes Major Inroads into Healthcare  #Microsoft #HealthVault #Hololens #HealthcareNex...
01/19/2019
The Microsoft Empire Strikes Back: Makes Major Inroads into Healthcare | Open Health News

The Microsoft Empire Strikes Back: Makes Major Inroads into Healthcare #Microsoft #HealthVault #Hololens #HealthcareNext #ArtificialIntelligence #VirtualReality #AugmentedReality #GitHub #OpenSource

Kim BellardIt seems deeply ironic that a week after I wrote about how even giant companies eventually get surpassed, I'm writing about the resurgence of one such giant, Microsoft. Last week Microsoft won back the title of world's most valuable company (as measured by market cap), passing Apple. Appl...

2019 Forecast: Amara's Law: Health Data, Gene Editing, and Artificial Intelligence https://buff.ly/2Rz5xkN #AI #Robotics...
01/19/2019

2019 Forecast: Amara's Law: Health Data, Gene Editing, and Artificial Intelligence https://buff.ly/2Rz5xkN #AI #Robotics #GeneEditing #CRISPR #HumanGenome #EHR #interoperability #IBMWatson

Why Data Scientists Love Kubernetes https://buff.ly/2R0FHBc #machinelearning #Jupyter #Kubeflow #TensorFlow #ApacheSpark...
01/19/2019

Why Data Scientists Love Kubernetes https://buff.ly/2R0FHBc #machinelearning #Jupyter #Kubeflow #TensorFlow #ApacheSpark #OpenShift #Kubernetes #OpenSource

In God We Trust, All Others (Don't) Pay Cash: What a cashless future may look like for healthcare https://buff.ly/2QWyIs...
01/19/2019

In God We Trust, All Others (Don't) Pay Cash: What a cashless future may look like for healthcare https://buff.ly/2QWyIsZ #cashlesssociety #fundeddigitalidentity

01/19/2019

Open Source Space Academy Opens in Nairobi. African school uses #opensource tools and principles to prepare underserved students for future-focused careers https://buff.ly/2W1Lvhj #OpenEducation #OpenAccess #KASA #Kenya #TunapandaOrg

HHS Releases Landmark Report: Reforming America's Healthcare System Proposes open/free-market approach to end #healthIT ...
01/07/2019

HHS Releases Landmark Report: Reforming America's Healthcare System Proposes open/free-market approach to end #healthIT monopolies https://buff.ly/2Qqs7qs #OpenHealth #OpenSource #interoperability

#CES 2019 In Vegas to Feature Patient Centric Health IT Innovations https://buff.ly/2TpQs1s #OpenHealth #mobileplatform ...
01/05/2019

#CES 2019 In Vegas to Feature Patient Centric Health IT Innovations https://buff.ly/2TpQs1s #OpenHealth #mobileplatform #iBlueButton #BlueButton @Humetrix #Humetrix #patientexperience #medicalerrors

3 Emerging Tipping Points in Open Source: non-coders, macro acquisitions, and micro-funding  #OpenSource #CNCF #OpenStan...
01/03/2019
3 Emerging Tipping Points in Open Source | Open Health News

3 Emerging Tipping Points in Open Source: non-coders, macro acquisitions, and micro-funding #OpenSource #CNCF #OpenStandards #OpenPatents #Microfunding

Bilgin IbryamOver the last two decades, open source has been expanding into all aspects of technology-from software to hardware; from small, disruptive startups to large, boring enterprises; from open standards to open patents.

Bio-Linux: A Stable, Portable Scientific Research Linux Distribution  #LInux #OpenHealth #OpenSource #OpenScience #Bioin...
01/02/2019
Bio-Linux: A Stable, Portable Scientific Research Linux Distribution | Open Health News

Bio-Linux: A Stable, Portable Scientific Research Linux Distribution #LInux #OpenHealth #OpenSource #OpenScience #Bioinformatics

Matt CalverleyBio-Linux was introduced and detailed in a Nature Biotechnology paper in July 2006. The distribution was a group effort by the Natural Environment Research Council in the UK. As the creators and authors point out, the analysis demands of high-throughput "-omic" (genomic, proteomic, met...

Health IT interoperability reimagined! The role of cloud faxing in continuity of medical care  #healthIT #OpenHealth #Cl...
12/31/2018
Health IT Interoperability Reimagined! | Open Health News

Health IT interoperability reimagined! The role of cloud faxing in continuity of medical care #healthIT #OpenHealth #Cloudfax #eFax #interoperability #CCD #CCR #EHR

John NebergallThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) set a vision and goal by 2024 to make healthcare interoperability a reality. A greater push for Electronic Health Record (EHR) interoperability would improve workflows and allow for faster, improved communication between medical pr...

New 3D Software from #Kitware Virtualizes Medical Education and Training https://buff.ly/2EYFYmk #OpenHealth #OpenSource...
12/29/2018

New 3D Software from #Kitware Virtualizes Medical Education and Training https://buff.ly/2EYFYmk #OpenHealth #OpenSource #medicaleducation #3DSlicer #iMSTK #VTK #RPI #medicaltraining #patientsafety #3Dimageprocessing #3Dimagemodeling #3Dimagesimulation

12/19/2018
A Public Health Perspective on ONC's Strategy to Reduce Burden on Physicians | Open Health News

A Public Health Perspective on ONC's Strategy to Reduce Burden on Physicians #EHRusability #EHRburden #physicianburnout #EHR #healthIT

On November 28, 2018 ,the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a draft Strategy on Reducing Regulatory and Administrative Burden Relating to the Use of Health IT and EHRs for public comment. The strategy aims to reduce the time and effort and improve th...

Creating EHRs that doctors don't hate. Why physicians and nurses should be involved in EHR design  #OpenSource #OpenHeal...
12/19/2018
Creating EHRs that Doctors Don't Hate | Open Health News

Creating EHRs that doctors don't hate. Why physicians and nurses should be involved in EHR design #OpenSource #OpenHealth #healthIT #VistAEHR #OpenVistA #VA #Medsphere

Irv LichtenwaldIt may be difficult to recall now, what with the ongoing Cerner deployment and recent challenges that had little to do with technology, but there was a time when the Department of Veterans Affairs was considered the gold standard for healthcare IT.

Apple Watch Leaves Patients Connected with Nowhere To Go  #healthIT #iWatch #datasilo #aFib #DTC #OTC #FDA #Apple #AI #m...
12/14/2018
Apple Watch Leaves Patients Connected with Nowhere To Go | Open Health News

Apple Watch Leaves Patients Connected with Nowhere To Go #healthIT #iWatch #datasilo #aFib #DTC #OTC #FDA #Apple #AI #machinelearning @GraceCordovano

Grace Cordovano, Ph.D., BCPAThe highly anticipated unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4 caused a news and social media sensation. Apple coined the iconic timepiece as the "guardian of your health", with health tracking functionalities such as the ability to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib) by a se...

Medsphere Closes $32 Million Financing Led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital https://buff.ly/2UBMl3E #OpenHealth #Open...
12/14/2018

Medsphere Closes $32 Million Financing Led by Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital https://buff.ly/2UBMl3E #OpenHealth #OpenSource #EHR #healthIT #VistA #VistAEHR #Medsphere #MorganStanley #CareVue #Chartlogic #RCMCloud

The Story of How our Health Informatics Textbook Came into Being  #OpenSource #healthIT @OSHUnews #OSHU #UWF #EHR #OpenE...
12/11/2018
The Story of How our Health Informatics Textbook Came into Being | Open Health News

The Story of How our Health Informatics Textbook Came into Being #OpenSource #healthIT @OSHUnews #OSHU #UWF #EHR #OpenEducation

I have been asked many times how and why I became interested in Health Informatics and how that led to the writing and self-publication of our textbook, Health Informatics: Practical Guide. The textbook is now in its 7th edition and has been adopted by a large number of universities for their health...

The LibreHealth community is working on a project to use the open source EHR in education. The project will allow non-cl...
11/29/2018

The LibreHealth community is working on a project to use the open source EHR in education. The project will allow non-clinical students such as informatics and health science students consistent access to an academic EHR https://buff.ly/2E4ejQv

The Big Get Bigger, Until They Don't - Review of Open Markets Institute report on monopoly power and corporate gigantism
11/29/2018
The Big Get Bigger, Until They Don't | Open Health News

The Big Get Bigger, Until They Don't - Review of Open Markets Institute report on monopoly power and corporate gigantism

Kim BellardYou may have missed it, but the Open Markets Institute released a report on what it calls "America's Concentration Crisis." The report begins bluntly: "Monopoly power is all around us: as consumers, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs, and citizens." As David Leonhardt wrote in his....

Cyber hardening could play a critical role in security healthcare sysetms from cyberattacks including ransomware
11/29/2018
How Cyber Hardening Can Protect Patient Privacy And Treatment | Open Health News

Cyber hardening could play a critical role in security healthcare sysetms from cyberattacks including ransomware

The abundance of internet-connected devices that collect and share patient data has greatly increased the “attack surface” (where an attacker inserts or extracts data) and number of possible vulnerabilities within a system.

With the White House releasing a National Biodefense Strategy and making public health preparedness and disaster respons...
11/19/2018
Is the US Finally Ready to Get Serious About Biodefense? | Open Health News

With the White House releasing a National Biodefense Strategy and making public health preparedness and disaster response a top priority is looks like Washington may finally be taking serious steps towards biodefense

Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.Biological and other disaster threats - whether accidental, driven by forces of nature, or intentional - pose fairly grave risks to the United States and the world. Situational awareness has been a conspicuous topic ever since the 9/11 attacks and the anthrax scare that followed s...

Developers from 156 countries worked to develop open source apps to help victims of natural disasters. Project OWL wins ...
11/01/2018

Developers from 156 countries worked to develop open source apps to help victims of natural disasters. Project OWL wins Call for Code Global Prize https://buff.ly/2P3A6h3 #OpenHealth #OpenSource #healthIT #CallforCode #IBM #RedCross #ProjectOWL #Linuxfoundation #disasterresponse

How Open Source Hardware Increases cybersecurity https://buff.ly/2RtnyMJ #openhardware #opensource #3Dprinter #openelect...
11/01/2018

How Open Source Hardware Increases cybersecurity https://buff.ly/2RtnyMJ #openhardware #opensource #3Dprinter #openelectronics #cybersecurity

Three Reasons the US is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
10/23/2018
Three Reasons the US is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic | Open Health News

Three Reasons the US is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic

Christine Crudo BlackburnOne hundred years after the Great Influenza pandemic of 1918, global health leadership stands at a crossroads. The United States continues to expand its policy of isolationism at a time when international cooperation in health could not be more important. The state of pandem...

How @Bright_Health is revolutionizing medicine  through the use of Open Source tools with #SmartExam.
09/07/2018
Keeping Patient Data Safe with Open Source Tools | Open Health News

How @Bright_Health is revolutionizing medicine through the use of Open Source tools with #SmartExam.

Healthcare is experiencing a revolution. In a tightly regulated and ancient industry, the use of free and open source software makes it uniquely positioned to see a great deal of progress.

Electronic Case Reporting (#eCR) Takes Front Stage at PHI2018 Conference in Atlanta
08/27/2018
Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) Takes Front Stage at PHI2018 Conference | Open Health News

Electronic Case Reporting (#eCR) Takes Front Stage at PHI2018 Conference in Atlanta

On August 20-23, 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) sponsored the now-biennial Public Health Informatics Conference in Atlanta, GA. Nearly 1,000 public health informatics professionals, vendors, and othe...

Tech giants back White House open source Health IT Initiative. Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce pl...
08/21/2018
Tech Giants Back White House Open Source Health IT Initiative | Open Health News

Tech giants back White House open source Health IT Initiative. Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Salesforce pledge to back #BlueButton 2.0, #interoperability, #openstandards, #opensource tools #OpenHealth #EHR

Six major technology companies have thrown their support behind the White House's initiative to use an open source, collaborative, approach to accelerate the progress of health data standards and interoperability and to give patients access and control of their medical records.

Open Source became a hot topic of discussion at the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) 2018 National Meet...
08/21/2018
AIRA 2018: Is Open Source the Key to Immunization Software Sustainability? | Open Health News

Open Source became a hot topic of discussion at the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) 2018 National Meeting in Salt Lake City. Seen as a key factor in the sustainability of immunization software.

On August 14-16, 2018 the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) held its 2018 National Meeting. This meeting brought together more than 350 informatics professionals, public health officials, EHR vendors, and other stakeholders who all care passionately about Immunization Information Sys...

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce Issue Joint Statement Making Commitment to Open Source Healthcare...
08/17/2018
Microsoft, Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce Issue Joint Statement Making Commitment to Open Source Healthcare Interoperability | Open Health News

Microsoft, Amazon, Google, IBM, Oracle, and Salesforce Issue Joint Statement Making Commitment to Open Source Healthcare Interoperability

Interoperability is an overlapping set of technical and policy challenges, from data access to common data models to information exchange to workflow integration – and these challenges often pose a barrier to healthcare innovation. Microsoft has been engaged for many years on developing best pract...

Over 700 Blue Button Developers to Meet at the White House Today - Verma to Keynote the Conference. Focus on open source...
08/13/2018

Over 700 Blue Button Developers to Meet at the White House Today - Verma to Keynote the Conference. Focus on open source/Free Market apps to fix the health IT interoperability crisis https://buff.ly/2nwMS7Q

Four 2018 OSEHRA Leadership Award Recipients Recognized for their contributions to health information technology during ...
08/11/2018
2018 Leadership Award Recipients Recognized | Open Health News

Four 2018 OSEHRA Leadership Award Recipients Recognized for their contributions to health information technology during the 7h annual Open Source Summit in Washington

OSEHRA recently announced this year’s 2018 Leadership Award recipients during our 7th Annual Open Source Summit. The OSEHRA community chose to honor four distinguished individuals based on their outstanding achievements in health information technology and contributions to innovative health care.A...

Eaten Alive: A Patients’ Perspective on De-Identification of Personal Health Information. Or why are patient medical r...
08/07/2018
Eaten Alive: A Patients’ Perspective on De-Identification of Personal Health Information | Open Health News

Eaten Alive: A Patients’ Perspective on De-Identification of Personal Health Information. Or why are patient medical records on sale while patients and their physicians can't even get a hold of them?

Grace Cordovano, PhD, BCPAThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is outdated and enabling a gray area that’s damaging to patients, the healthcare ecosystem, and healthcare economy.From a patients’ perspective, HIPAA does every person with a diagnosis a significant disser...

An interoperability update: Do we need more carrots and sticks? Or, should excessive regulation be replaced by a collabo...
07/26/2018
An interoperability update: Do we need more carrots and sticks? | Open Health News

An interoperability update: Do we need more carrots and sticks? Or, should excessive regulation be replaced by a collaborative approach?

Irv LichtenwaldEarlier this year, the ONC released the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA), which responds to a mandate included in 2016’s 21st Century Cures Act and lays out principles, terms and conditions on which to base an interoperability framework that healthcare organiz...

The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has Just unveiled a book warning of "the Dangers of Electronic Health ...
07/13/2018
CCHF Unveils Book Warning of "the Dangers of Electronic Health Records" at the FreedomFest 2018 Conference | Open Health News

The Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF) has Just unveiled a book warning of "the Dangers of Electronic Health Records" and denouncing the systematic harvesting of patient medical records at the #FreedomFest 2018 Conference. Book calls for the repeal of the HITECH Act and government regulations that interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

Book by Twila Brase Exposes Dangers of Electronic Health Records and How the Government Imposes a Command & Control Surveillance System ST. PAUL, Minn.—Health care has already found its way into the narrative surrounding President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, announc...

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