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Group Urges Obama To Consider Open Source

Charles Babcock | InformationWeek | February 10, 2009

A group of open source code practitioners has written a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to require wider adoption of open source code throughout the government. "We urge you to make it mandatory to consider the source of an application solution (open or closed) as part of the government's technology acquisition process, just as considering accessibility by the handicapped is required," wrote 15 leaders of open source projects and companies." Read More »

Medsphere Successfully Implements Electronic Medication Administration Solution in West Virginia State Facilities

Press Release | Medsphere, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources | January 27, 2009

Software Integrates Long-term Care Facilities with Outside Pharmacies, Improving Patient Care and Communications for Medical Staff

Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of Open Source healthcare IT solutions, today announced the successful implementation of Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) capability at all eight facilities in West Virginia's network of acute, psychiatric and long-term care hospitals. Read More »

Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles

Tim O'Reilly | O'Reilly Radar | January 11, 2009

I spent a lot of last year urging people to work on stuff that matters. This led to many questions about what that "stuff" might be. I've been a bit reluctant to answer those questions, because the list is different for everyone. I thought I'd do better to start the new year with some ideas about how to think about this for yourself. Read More »

DSS, Inc., Announces Open Source Version of vxVistA EHR Framework, Joins Open Health Tools Foundation

Press Release | DSS, Inc., Open Health Tools | January 7, 2009

Leading VistA developer release includes commercial enhancements for non-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Providers Read More »

"Super Symptom Checker" - Do It Yourself Doctoring – Wish List

Tom Garz | TG Ideas | November 8, 2008

...Wow, it's been nearly 5 years since I first posted this "Super Symptom Checker".  Here's a few more additions for 2013....Since emotions affect physical symptoms, I'd also like to add Emotional Stress and Pain as Vital Signs...

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Report: Counterterrorism Should Focus on Open Source Intelligence

Bob Brewin | NextGov | November 6, 2008

The new administration must broaden the scope of its counterterrorism activities, including a focus on collection of domestic and open source intelligence as well as traditional foreign intelligence, the Defense Science Board said in a report outlining the key priorities for incoming leaders. Read More »

Clay County Doctor Named Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner

The Herald-Dispatch | The Herald-Dispatch | October 30, 2008

A Huntington native and Clay County primary care physician was recently honored as "Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner" of the year...She is widely recognized for her leadership and innovation in the use of electronic health technology to improve patient outcomes. Read More »

How Open Source Biology May Rock Your World

Sam Dean | O Static | October 3, 2008

Here at OStatic, we're always interested in efforts to apply open source principles to efforts outside the software realm. Drew Endy, an open source biologist currently working at Stanford, is a good example of why. Along with several researchers at MIT, Endy is working on synthetic biology and the engineering of standardized biological components and devices, known as BioBricks. Read More »

HIStalk Interviews Todd Park, athenahealth Co-Founder

Tim HISTalk | HISTalk | September 15, 2008

...I think healthcare is incredibly broken. I can’t think of a word that does justice to how broken it is at so many levels. I think we all intellectually understand that, but it was really eye-opening for me in my walkabout when I talked to these 150 leaders, to understand just how broken it is looking at the underlying data in terms of cost and quality and access. Read More »

"Another Walter Reed-Type Scandal"

Niko Karvounis | Mother Jones | September 14, 2008

Soldiers at the military hospital languished in part due to incompatible databases and dismal record keeping. Welcome to the Pentagon's $20 billion medical-records boondoggle. Read More »

Make China Journals Open Access, Says Top Scientist

Jia Hepeng | SciDev.Net | September 2, 2008

A leading Chinese scientist has appealed for funding to make many Chinese journals open access and give priority to domestic science publications to boost the country's scientific journals.

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The New Invisible College: Science For Development

Francis Fukuyama | Brookings | August 1, 2008

The twentieth century was the era of "big science." Driven by strategic rivalries and fierce economic competition, wealthy governments invested heavily in national science establishments. [...] But the big science model left poorer countries out in the cold. Today the organization of science is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Read More »

Taking On The Overpopulation Myth

Joseph A. D'Agnostino | Washington Times | July 27, 2008

[...] This one quote from Steven W. Mosher’s “Population Control: Real Costs, Illusory Benefits,” from the former secretary of the Kenyan Medical Association, summarizes the state of Western-funded population control programs in the Third World... Read More »

Military Health System Seeks Options for AHLTA

Peter Buxbaum | Federal Computer Week | July 23, 2008

The Military Health System is actively pursuing alternatives to AHLTA, its electronic medical record system.  MHS officials have already received the recommendations of Booz Allen Hamilton, the consultant it commissioned to study whether the Defense Department should switch to a system that more closely resembles the Veterans Affairs Department’s Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA).

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Lilly’s Grid Goes Open Source

Kevin Davies | BioITWorld.com | July 14, 2008

 In an unusual move for big pharma, Eli Lilly has made its Discovery IT platform—known internally as the Lilly Science Grid (LSG)—open source . . . The move addresses a key question: “Do [biopharma] all really need to manage very similar resources or are there areas where we can work together?” . . . Says, Susie Stephens, principal research scientist with Lilly. Read More »