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ONC: Open Source is Key to Agencies' NHIN Connections

Nancy Ferris | Government HealthIT | May 1, 2008

Federal agencies' shared connection to the Nationwide Health Information Network will be open, flexible and extensible -- characteristics that could make it useful to organizations outside the federal government in the future, Federal Health Architecture officials told a conference audience here yesterday. Read More »

Open-source Software Delivers 3-way (PET/CT/MR) Image Fusion

Rob Skelding | AuntMinnieEurope.com | April 25, 2008

There is a growing tendency for MR images to be viewed in combination with PET and/or CT in the quest for more accurate -- and therefore more useful -- diagnoses of complex diseases. While hybrid PET/MR machines have yet to reach the market, a new open-source software application offers radiologists a way to create three-way PET/CT/MR image fusion. Read More »

Jordan Picks Perot Systems to Implement VistA

Perot Systems | PRO Health Service | April 8, 2008

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has selected Perot Systems to manage the pilot deployment of VistA - an open source clinical and healthcare information management system - at two hospitals and a clinic in the capital, Amman. Read More »

‘It’s a New Way of Caring for People’: Clay County Gets Healthier With Clinic’s New Electronic Record System

Eric Eyre | The Charleston Gazette | February 11, 2008

A new study shows that Primary Care’s electronic record system has improved health care for Clay County patients with chronic problems and diseases. Read More »

VA Health Care Quality: The Road to Recovery

David Glendinning | amednews | December 10, 2007

Despite the challenges of caring for the veterans of today's wars, the VA health system is getting high marks for quality. Read More »

Federal Government Taps Ancient Healing Methods To Treat Native American Soldiers

Jennifer Miller | The Christian Science Monitor | September 13, 2007

The veterans administration teams up with medicine men to use sweat lodges and talking circles to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder...

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IBM And University Scientists Launch Global Computing Effort To Find Cures For Dengue, West Nile, And Hepatitis C Diseases

Press Release | International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) | August 23, 2007

Researchers Say the 50,000 Years of Computer Time Needed to Discover Cures May Be Achieved in One Year Using World Community Grid Read More »

RPMS: An Alternative to the VA VistA Electronic Health Record (EHR) System

Peter Groen & Dr. Terry Cullen | Virtual Medical Worlds | July 1, 2007

If one were looking to acquire and implement a comprehensive ‘open source’ electronic health record (EHR) system, serous consideration should be paid to the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) used by the Indian Health Service (IHS). RPMS is an adaptation of the VistA health information system originally developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), modified to meet the needs of IHS. RPMS is an integrated health information system ideally suited for implementation in healthcare facilities of varying sizes and complexity. Patients treated at IHS facilities tend to include a diverse mix of all age patients, males and females. While RPMS is deployed at many IHS inpatient facilities, it is more heavily utilized in ambulatory care settings.  Read More »

Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS)

Peter J. Groen, Terry Cullen | Virtual Medical Worlds | June 28, 2007

If one were looking to acquire and implement a comprehensive "open source" electronic health record (EHR) system, serious consideration should be paid to the Resource and Patient Management System (RPMS) used by the Indian Health Service (IHS).

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The Health of Nations

Ezra Klein | The American Prospect | May 7, 2007

Medicine may be hard, but health insurance is simple. The rest of the world's industrialized nations have already figured it out, and done so without leaving 45 million of their countrymen uninsured and 16 million or so underinsured, and without letting costs spiral into the stratosphere and severely threaten their national economies. Read More »

New head of DOD health affairs takes reins

Nancy Ferris | Government Health IT | April 18, 2007

The Department of Defense has a new assistant secretary for health affairs who supports developing systems for e-health records, now that the Senate has confirmed President Bush's nominee, Dr. S. Ward Casscells.

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Can Open-Source R&D Reinvigorate Drug Research?

Bernard Munos | Nature Reviews | September 15, 2006

Open-source research, which started as a counterculture movement in the software industry 15 years ago, has since grown into a business model whose best-known product, Linux, has become a credible alternative to Microsoft's Windows.

Now, with biology increasingly becoming an information-orientated science, some have suggested that what worked for software might be part of the answer to the spiralling cost of drug R&D. Read More »

Value Measurement and Return on Investment for EHRs

Peter Groen & Doug Goldstein | Virtual Medical Worlds | July 18, 2006

Shepherdstown 18 July 2006 - Health IT or EHR projects must compete against other capital investment requests for scarce funds. Senior management teams will need to see the business and quality case that justify the return on investment (ROI) and return on quality (ROQ) before significant financial commitments for health information technology are made. Read More »

Why the KDE Project Switched to CMake – and How (continued)

Alexander Neundorf | LWN.net | June 21, 2006

KDE developer Alexander Neundorf explains the background for the move away from the traditional "autotools"

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Open-access Research Makes a Bigger Splash

Sophie Hebden | SciDev.Net | May 17, 2006

Scientific papers published in online journals that are open-access have a bigger impact and are cited more frequently than papers readers must pay for, according to a new study. The findings will strengthen calls for more online scientific journals to switch to the open-access model and make research freely available.

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