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OKFest in Finland to Study Benefits of Open Knowledge and Open Development

The Open Knowledge Festival (OKFest) happens this September 17-22 in Helsinki, Finland with the theme Open Knowledge in Action. OKFest will explore the benefits of opening up knowledge and information, look at the ecosystems of organisations that can benefit from openness, and discuss the impact that more transparency can have in our societies. OKFest will run 13 key Topic Streams, one of which will focus on the topic of ‘Open Development’.

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How Andrew Krzmarzick Uses Open Source To Empower Citizens In Government

As the Community Manager of GovLoop—a highly active online community connecting more than 50,000 public sector professionals, including Federal CTO Todd Park—Andrew Krzmarzick suspects his role is pretty similar to leading an open source project. The open source way guides the company's decisions, communications, and interactions. And open source solutions enable them to empower citizens around the country (and the world!) who don't want to wait for their cities to make updates to a page or build apps and resources that makes their lives easier. Read More »

RPMS & VistA in Hawaii and across the Pacific Rim

Over the years, Hawaii has given rise to a number of notable individuals and organizations that have played a key role in collaboratively developing and implementing innovative ‘open’ health IT initiatives. Here's a quick update on some of the latest activities related to the implementation of the open source VistA and RPMS electronic health record (EHR) systems in both the state of Hawaii and other island nations and territories across the Pacific rim. Read More »

The Anvil Podcast: OpenMRS

Several weeks ago I went to the O’Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon. The OpenMRS project was represented there by a number of the team members, and I was able to have a few informal conversations with them. After I got back home, I conducted an interview with Ben Wolfe, who actually wasn’t at the conference, but he talked to me about what the OpenMRS project does, and who is using it in the world, and where it’s going in the future. We also talked a little bit about their Google Summer of Code students. Here’s my conversation with Ben.

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Open Health & VistA Champion To Be Honored at White House Ceremony

U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Todd Park is going to honor Matt McCall, a well-known champion of 'Open Health' and VistA, at a White House ceremony tomorrow, Thursday August 23. As Open Health News reported nearly seven weeks ago, McCall has been named Presidential Innovation Fellow. In this role McCall is working on several major open source projects in healthcare including the Blue Button initiative as well as the HealtheMe personal health record (PHR). McCall has been active particularly in the VistA community and the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) code repository organization.

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2012 Open Source Think Tank Conference Exec Summary Released

The much awaited report on the 2012 Open Source Think Tank conference in Napa, CA has just been released. The Executive Summary of the report is available here. This report is of great significance as a significant portion of this year's Think Tank was focused on the open source strategy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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OSEHRA 2012 Issues Call for Papers for First Annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop [Updated]

The Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent (OSEHRA) has just issued a call for papers for the upcoming First Annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop that will be held October 17 and 18, 2012, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. [Update: Submission deadline has been extended to August 31st] 

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Raxa - Open source EMR software for rural healthcare systems

Many people in this world do not have ready access to healthcare providers and have little or no control over their personal health information.  The few who do have access are starting to see the potential benefits of using information technology (IT) like electronic medical record (EMR) system to improve their own health. These systems offer an opportunity to reduce healthcare costs while simultaneously improving quality of care. This is particularly true of Raxa, an 'open source' EMR project based in India. Read More »

Presidential Innovation Fellow Position Created for 'Blue Button' Initiative

The extraordinary success of the 'Blue Button' initiative has led Steve Van Roekel, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. government, and Todd Park, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), to create a Presidential Innovation Fellow position that will take the lead in driving a “game-changing project” that will take Blue Button to the next level. Blue Button is now being used by nearly one million veterans to gain access to their medical records and the solution is rapidly expanding to the private sector.

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FrontlineSMS V2.0: A Powerful Tool for Achieving Positive Social Change and Health Improvement in Developing Countries

Good news from the software sector: FrontlineSMS Version 2 is here at last! Two years in the making, the updated version is simpler, more intuitive, and easier to utilize. It also adapts more easily to individual needs and systems, and has already met an enthusiastic response from the SMS community. And with all it has to offer, the new software should prove a valuable contribution in the effort to achieve positive social change in developing countries around the world. Read More »