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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.

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...

Is it Finally Time to Reinvent the Wheel? From DARPA's Reconfigurable Wheel-Track to Robotic Exoskeletons to advanced me...
07/04/2018
Is it Finally Time to Reinvent the Wheel? | Open Health News

Is it Finally Time to Reinvent the Wheel? From DARPA's Reconfigurable Wheel-Track to Robotic Exoskeletons to advanced medical homes

Kim BellardWhen people talk about "reinventing the wheel, " it is often meant to discourage, even disparage. As in, "why reinvent the wheel?" It usually refers to a technology or a process that works well enough and is widely enough distributed that trying to replace it would be a fool's errand.

07/03/2018
Feature Overlaps Between Immunization Information Systems and EHRs | Open Health News

Feature Overlaps Between Immunization Information Systems and EHRs

Immunization Information Systems (IIS) have been around for nearly twenty years. Their functionality, completeness, and usefulness have all increased over this time. IIS and electronic health record (EHR) systems have always had unique features, as well as some overlapping features, and the deployme...

07/03/2018
A Public Health Perspective on the CMS Quality Payment Program | Open Health News

A #PublicHealth Perspective on the CMS Quality Payment Program

Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.I have seen several pretty good summaries of the recently release Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2019 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to Quality Payment Program (one from AMIA, one from CDC). Here are just a few additiona...

Towards a Fortnite Healthcare System or how Gen X and Millenials will demand  technology, #gamification and collaboratio...
07/03/2018
Towards a Fortnite Healthcare System | Open Health News

Towards a Fortnite Healthcare System or how Gen X and Millenials will demand technology, #gamification and collaboration in medicine

Kim BellardThe World Health Organization (WHO) just included "gaming disorder" as a new mental health condition, listing it is its 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases. My first reaction was, oh, good, now I have a good excuse to write about Fortnite.A year ago I hadn't even....

07/01/2018
The Evolution of Blockchain - A Quick Guide and Why Open Source is at the Heart of It | Open Health News

The Evolution of #Blockchain - A Quick Guide and the reason why #OpenSource is at the Heart of It

It isn't uncommon, when working on a new version of an open source project, to suffix it with "-ng", for "next generation." Fortunately, in their rapid evolution blockchains have so far avoided this naming pitfall. But in this evolutionary open source ecosystem, changes have been abundant, and good....

#Holochain – the Perfect Framework for Decentralized Cooperation at Scale
06/30/2018
Holochain – the Perfect Framework for Decentralized Cooperation at Scale | Open Health News

#Holochain – the Perfect Framework for Decentralized Cooperation at Scale

Oliver Sylvester-BradleyHolochain is a new technology project with huge potential for the cooperative economy. Members of The Open Co-op have been promoting the idea that new software could, potentially, revolutionize both our failing democracies and our predatory capitalist economies, since 2004. B...

3-D Printing Offers Quick, Cost-effective Solution to Help Train Aspiring Nurses by building clinical simulators at the ...
06/26/2018

3-D Printing Offers Quick, Cost-effective Solution to Help Train Aspiring Nurses by building clinical simulators at the University of Alabama at Huntsville https://buff.ly/2N31NCn

Major German research project chooses #openEHR. The  #HiGHmed research consortium hosted a successful @OpenEHR day in He...
06/26/2018

Major German research project chooses #openEHR. The #HiGHmed research consortium hosted a successful @OpenEHR day in Heidelberg with 100 attendees to kick off the project. https://buff.ly/2yJXN6s

Been there, Done that, Doesn’t Work: Veterans Health Administration IT goes back in time  ...What I honestly expect no...
06/11/2018
Been there, Done that, Doesn’t Work: Veterans Health Administration IT goes back in time | Open Health News

Been there, Done that, Doesn’t Work: Veterans Health Administration IT goes back in time ...What I honestly expect now is several years of effort by the VA to try to make that contract work before it ultimately grinds to a halt.

Dr. Tony ShannonIf you have an interest in the worlds of economics, healthcare or technology, here’s a story that’s emerged this month that is worth noting for the record books. In the US, amidst the chaos of the Trump administration, yet another mistake has been made this month. For the record...

The Utopia of Unique Patient Identifiers
06/09/2018
The Utopia of Unique Patient Identifiers | Open Health News

The Utopia of Unique Patient Identifiers

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) titled Has the Time Come for a Unique Patient Identifier for the U.S.? points out that HIPAA initially mandated patient identifiers. Reason prevailed and the requirement was abandoned. The article goes on to list, correctly, all the issu...

Open source DHIS2 is transforming health IT standards in the developing world. In deployment by 54 countries for disease...
06/05/2018
DHIS2 - Transforming Health IT Standards in the Developing World (Part 2) | Open Health News

Open source DHIS2 is transforming health IT standards in the developing world. In deployment by 54 countries for disease surveillance, population health, and disaster response. Works with OpenMRS EHR

Rwanda's 2012 implementation of DHIS2 is one of at least 16 completed national rollouts of this free and open source health data management. A total of 54 countries are deploying DHIS2 on a national scale, 30 of which are in the pilot stage or early phase in their rollouts.

Clade X #pandemic exercise highlights policies needed to prevent or reduce the worst possible outcomes in future pandemi...
06/01/2018

Clade X #pandemic exercise highlights policies needed to prevent or reduce the worst possible outcomes in future pandemics - Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security https://buff.ly/2xxSyq5 #CladeX #Ebola #Nipah #CDC @JHSPH_CHS

#OpenEMR Launches Multiple Turn-Key Solution Options Through Amazon's Cloud Services. It can now provide cloud-based #Op...
05/30/2018
OpenEMR Launches Multiple Turn-Key Solution Options Through Amazon's Cloud Services | Open Health News

#OpenEMR Launches Multiple Turn-Key Solution Options Through Amazon's Cloud Services. It can now provide cloud-based #OpenSource #EHR to a range of medical facilities

RUTLAND, Vt. - May 30, 2018 - PRLog -- OpenEMR, the most popular open-source electronic health record and medical practice management solution, now offers a full panel of easy to install packages on Amazon's Cloud Services.In 2017, OpenEMR released its first Amazon Cloud Services offering, OpenEMR C...

A look at open source image recognition technology and its use with edge computing and edge devices and their use from m...
05/30/2018
A look at open source image recognition technology | Open Health News

A look at open source image recognition technology and its use with edge computing and edge devices and their use from medical imaging to smart city planning

At the Supercomputing Conference in Denver last year, I discovered an interesting project as I walked the expo floor. A PhD student from Louisiana State University, Shayan Shams, had set up a large monitor displaying a we**am image. Overlaid on the image were colored boxes with labels. As I looked c...

How open source hardware can turn citizens into scientists and lead to collective discovery
05/28/2018
How Citizens Become Scientists with Open Hardware | Open Health News

How open source hardware can turn citizens into scientists and lead to collective discovery

Jen Wike HugerEymund Diegel, a research coordinator for Gowanus Canal Conservancy, shares this tidbit during the first clip of the new Open Source Stories documentary, "The Science of Collective Discovery." He's setting out in a canoe on an inner-city canal that is polluted and struggling to get the...

Is faxing the solution to the HealthIT usability and interoperability Crisis? Have physicians outsmarted the EHR vendors...
05/24/2018

Is faxing the solution to the HealthIT usability and interoperability Crisis? Have physicians outsmarted the EHR vendors, Congress, and government bureaucrats? https://buff.ly/2IKI1gs

Bureaucratic mess leads to shutdown of #HHS #Cybersecurity Center. HHS no longer coordinates defense from #cyberattacks ...
05/11/2018
A Bureaucratic Mess Leads to Shutdown of HHS Cybersecurity Center | Open Health News

Bureaucratic mess leads to shutdown of #HHS #Cybersecurity Center. HHS no longer coordinates defense from #cyberattacks against healthcare industry

In May 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services decided to stand up its own version of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in order to address the increasing cybersecurity risks to the health care sector.

Red Hat Announces 2018 Women in  Open Source Award Winners. Dana Lewis, founder of the OpenAPS movement, and Zui Dighe, ...
05/10/2018
Red Hat Announces 2018 Women in Open Source Award Winners | Open Health News

Red Hat Announces 2018 Women in Open Source Award Winners. Dana Lewis, founder of the OpenAPS movement, and Zui Dighe, Duke University student, recognized for open source contributions in the healthcare field

Dana Lewis, founder of the OpenAPS movement, and Zui Dighe, Duke University student, recognized for open source contributions

For the 12th year in a row, the Google Summer of Code program has stepped up to help the OpenMRS project in their humani...
05/04/2018

For the 12th year in a row, the Google Summer of Code program has stepped up to help the OpenMRS project in their humanitarian mission. GSoC has picked a dozen students from all over the world to work on OpenMRS projects as part of their 2018 program https://buff.ly/2KEXdsK

05/01/2018
DocGraph Hop Teaming Dataset Released at Datapalooza | Open Health News

DocGraph Hop Teaming Dataset Released at Health Datapalooza This dataset is the most comprehensive open map of the healthcare system in the United States

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) April 26, 2018 — Today CareSet Labs released the DocGraph Hop Teaming Dataset at Datapalooza. This dataset is the most comprehensive open map of the healthcare system in the United States. It is also the largest graph dataset available as open data that uses real names. This rel...

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Funds Pilot for  Open Source / CommunityDriven Bioconductor Software Platform for Human Cell ...
04/28/2018
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Funds Pilot for Open Source/Community-Driven Bioconductor Software Platform for Human Cell Atlas | Open Health News

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Funds Pilot for Open Source / CommunityDriven Bioconductor Software Platform for Human Cell Atlas

April 27, 2018 —Fred Hutch News Service — Fred Hutch computational biologist Dr. Raphael Gottardo has received one of 85 new funding awards from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, or CZI, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, which are aimed at developing computational tools for t...

VibrentHealth  Joins Europe’s Open Source RADAR-CNS Program to Develop Scalable Analytics Platform for health wearable...
04/28/2018
Vibrent Health Joins Europe’s Open Source RADAR-CNS Program to Develop Scalable Analytics Platform for Health Wearables | Open Health News

VibrentHealth Joins Europe’s Open Source RADAR-CNS Program to Develop Scalable Analytics Platform for health wearables, large-scale data mining and streaming data systems

Technology developed in conjunction with Vibrent Health will use wearables, smartphones and large-scale data mining and streaming data systems to study depression, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsyFAIRFAX, Va—April 24, 2018—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Health technology company Vibrent Health, developers of...

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