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The Dynamics of Opening Government Data

According to a white paper released this week by the Center for Technology in Government entitled "The Dynamics of Opening Government Data", government agencies in the U.S. and around the world are working to advance 'open government' principles and use 'open data'  in more effective ways to better serve the public. Read More »

'Open' Grid Solutions in Healthcare Continue to Make News

'Open' grid technologies coupled with cloud computing continue to make headlines in the news, especially in the fields of healthcare and bioinformatics. Much of it involves the use of 'open source' software tools such as the Globus Toolkit, Hadoop, Open Grid Engine, OpenStack, and more. Some of the recent 'open source' grid computing solutions that have been making news in the world of healthcare include Archimedes, Globus Online, and a growing number of Health Grid projects. Read More »

Open Source EMR Alternatives for Kenya

MediGrail implemented the OpenEMR system in a rural government hospital in Kenya in January this year. They went live on 13 April 2012. Since then, the system has handled 30,162 patient encounters. Unfortunately, this successful system implementation event seems to have gone largely unnoticed by the Kenyan government. Read More »

CPOE: Meaningful Use’s Primary Obstacle Is VistA’s Greatest Strength

 

A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) identifies the implementation and adoption of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE) functionality as the number one barrier for hospitals working toward Meaningful Use Stage 1. Entitled “Overcoming challenges to achieving meaningful use: Insights from hospitals that successfully received Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services payments in 2011,” the study findings are significant because the say a great deal about the way different health IT platforms have been developed.

The Latest on the 'Open Source' Health IT Jobs Market

Looking to find a job associated with 'Open' Health IT projects or organizations. Recent news and findings, starting with a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics are very positive. Total employment is expected to increase by 20.5 million jobs from 2010 to 2020. Industries and occupations related to health care, personal care and social assistance are projected to have some of the fastest job growth over this next decade. Read More »

Open Source Resources for major Disaster & Emergency Management Situations

As everyone knows by now, the superstorm known as 'Hurricane Sandy' has caused considerable devastation across the East Coast of the United States and all the way up to the Great Lakes region. The effects of the storm will continue to be felt for days and weeks as major portions of the East Coast are without electricity and flooding is expected to continue for days. Under these circumstances, it seemed appropriate to put together a listing of open source applications that have been successfully used in emergencies and disaster recovery all over the world. In times of man-made crises or natural disasters, there is a range of organizations, websites, open source tools, mobile apps, and more that might be of use to first responders and citizens in general. Check out some of the following resources...

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OSEHRA 2012: Major VistA Code Contributions Announced During Summit

The open source VistA community took a giant leap in collaboration during the recently concluded 1st Annual OSEHRA Summit and Workshop, as several of the major players announced they were contributing key enhancements to the open source community. The day before the conference, leading VistA solution providers, Medsphere and DSS announced they were contributing major VistA modules to Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA). Then, during conference presentations, AEGIS announced they were releasing a major integration and testing toolset.  And just previous to the conference, KRM Associates contributed their open source personal health record (PHR), HealtheMe, to OSEHRA.

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Peter Suber on "Opening Access to Research"

Why remove any restrictions at all? The answer is to share knowledge and accelerate research. Barrier-free access helps readers find and retrieve the research they need, and helps authors reach readers who can apply, cite and build on their work. Knowledge has always been a “public good” in the theoretical sense that consumption doesn’t deplete it (it’s “nonrivalrous”) and consumption is available to all (it’s “nonexcludable”). OA makes knowledge a public good in practice.

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'Open Access Week' comes to a close, but the movement continues to grow

Open Access Week just came to a close. This was the 6th annual anniversary of a global event that is becoming more popular every year as the open access movement continues to grow and spread around the world - especially in the field of medicine and bioinformatics. Read More »

Ushahidi - An Open Source Disaster & Crisis Management Mapping Tool

Ushahidi is a non-profit technology company specializing in developing open source software (OSS) for information collection, visualization, communications, and mapping. The core platform is built on the premise that gathering crisis information from the general public provides new insights into events happening in near real-time. It can also be used to help organizations marshal efforts to assist areas facing manmade or natural disasters that are not well covered in the mainstream media.

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