Press Releases

Open source bionic leg: First-of-its-kind platform aims to rapidly advance prosthetics

Press Release | Michigan Engineering | June 5, 2019

A new open-source, artificially intelligent prosthetic leg designed by researchers at the University of Michigan and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is now available to the scientific community. The leg's free-to-copy design and programming are intended to improve the quality of life of patients and accelerate scientific advances by offering a unified platform to fragmented research efforts across the field of bionics. "Our Open-Source Bionic Leg will enable investigators to efficiently solve challenges associated with controlling bionic legs across a range of activities in the lab and out in the community," said lead designer Elliott Rouse, core faculty at U-M's Robotics Institute and assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

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Congress Passes Legislation Authorizing Critical Biodefense Programs

Press Release | Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense | June 5, 2019

The House yesterday passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act. The bill reauthorizes existing statute governing public health efforts at the Department of Health and Human Services. Additions made by the bill - some of which were recommended by the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense - address biodetection, hospital preparedness, medical countermeasures and response. Many of these programs will enable HHS to better defend the nation against biological threats. Both chambers of Congress have passed the bill, and it will now go to President Trump for signature.

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mCode Initiative Open Sources Common Cancer Data Platform and Standards to Improve EHR Data Interoperability

Press Release | MITRE, ASCO, CancerLinQ LLC, Alliance Foundation | June 1, 2019

In an effort to advance cancer data sharing and improve the quality and coordination of patient care, three of the nation's leading health and technology organizations have established a core set of data elements and recommended technical specifications (the Minimal Common Oncology Data Elements, or "mCODE") that are essential for capturing and reporting the characteristics, treatments, and outcomes of every cancer patient and should be contained in each patient's electronic health record (EHR).

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Lygeia Ricciardi to Keynote EXPO.health 2019

Press Release | EXPO.health | May 27, 2019

At EXPO.health we're always working hard to ensure that the practical health IT innovations shared at the conference are helping patients. One of our key focus areas at the event has been around ways healthcare organizations can better engage patients. If it's not going to be better for patients, then why are we doing it? For this reason, we're extremely excited to announce that Lygeia Ricciardi, Chief Transformation Officer at Carium and Former lead of pro-consumer programs and policy development at ONC will be keynoting the EXPO.health 2019 conference.

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Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) Experts And Advocates Announce Formation Of Open Source Imaging Consortium (OSIC)

Press Release | Open Source Imaging Consortium (OSIC) | May 22, 2019

An international group of leading experts and advocates in the fight against idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), fibrosing interstitial lung diseases (ILDs), and other respiratory diseases including emphysematous conditions announced today the formation of the Open Source Imaging Consortium (OSIC). This global, not-for-profit organization is a cooperative and open source effort between academia, industry and philanthropy to enable rapid advances in the detection and diagnosis of these conditions through digital imaging and machine learning.

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Penn Medicine Releases Open Source, 'Self-Service' Artificial Intelligence Tool for Data Analytics

Press Release | Penn Medicine | May 16, 2019

The Penn Medicine Institute for Biomedical Informatics has launched a free, open-source automated machine learning system for data analysis that is designed for anyone to use, from a high school student looking to gain insight on their baseball team's statistics, to trained researchers looking for associations between cancer and environmental factors. "Penn AI," the first widely available tool of its kind, seeks to lower the barrier for entry into artificial intelligence, allowing users to bring in their own datasets or use the several hundred that are available for download within the tool. With a user-friendly dashboard easily run on a laptop, Penn AI is also designed to learn as it goes, ultimately making analysis suggestions based on the "experience" it gains through use.

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OASIS Introduces Open Projects Program to Bridge Open Source and Standards Development

Press Release | OASIS | May 8, 2019

OASIS, a global nonprofit consortium, today announced the launch of Open Projects, the first-of-its-kind program that creates a more transparent and collaborative future for open source and standards development. Open Projects gives communities the power to develop what they choose--APIs, code, specifications, reference implementations, guidelines-- in one place, under open source licenses, with a path to recognition in global policy and procurement. The lines between open source and open standards have been blurring for some time, and communities in both arenas have been calling for more flexibility and options for collaboration. Open Projects is a new approach that addresses the need for change in everything from handling IP to governance and decision-making, from funding to establishing trust and assuring quality.

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Recursion Releases Open Source Data from Largest Ever Dataset of Biological Images, Inviting Data Science Community to Develop New and Improved Machine Learning Algorithms for the Life Sciences Industry

Press Release | Recursion | May 6, 2019

Recursion, a Fast Company "Most Innovative Company" and leader in the artificial intelligence for drug discovery movement, today announced it will open-source a glimpse of the massive biological dataset the company has been building for more than five years. At more than two petabytes, and across more than 10 million different biological contexts, Recursion's data is the world's largest image-based dataset designed specifically for the development of machine learning algorithms in experimental biology and drug discovery.

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Leveraging Artificial Intelligence in Search and Rescue Operations

Press Release | Perdue University | May 1, 2019

Rescue teams descended on the destruction left by Hurricane Michael in October, frantically searching for survivors. But a week later, more than 1,000 people were still not accounted for, leaving families to wait and hope.Drone assistance in natural disaster response now is simplistic at best with a number of hurdles. But new research led by Purdue University professors is working to use artificial intelligence and learning algorithms to create a platform allowing multiple drones to communicate and adapt as mission factors change.

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Red Hat Helps Public Health England Use Open Source to Pursue Hybrid Cloud Operations

Press Release | Red Hat | April 30, 2019

Red Hat, today announced that Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom, is using Red Hat's open hybrid cloud technologies to support modern digital public health services in the UK. To better support its scientific community, PHE sought to pursue an information and communication technology strategy that embraced modern computing architectures and solutions, including high-performance computing (HPC) and multicloud operations, and one built from an open, automation-centric ecosystem that could integrate a fragmented, proprietary set of existing systems.

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North Carolina's Central Regional Hospital Joins OSEHRA

Press Release | OSEHRA | April 26, 2019

OSEHRA is pleased to welcome our newest Organizational Member, Central Regional Hospital (CRH). One of three State psychiatric hospitals in North Carolina, CRH is operated by the Division of State-Operated Healthcare Facilities (DSOHF) within the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. CRH is a teaching hospital that serves as a residency training site for both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. They provide medical and psychiatric care to children in all 100 counties of North Carolina and serve adolescents, adults, and the elderly in the central region of the state.

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Humetrix to Demo iBlueButton's Capabilities to Serve Veterans Leveraging the New VA Lighthouse Blue Button 2.0 API at CES in Capitol Hill

Press Release | Humetrix | April 25, 2019

At the Consumer Technology Association's (CTA) Tenth Annual CES on the Hill, Humetrix will demonstrate iBlueButton, its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Blue Button 2.0 mobile health application, to give Americans covered by Medicare as well as Veterans and TRICARE enrollees the ability to securely access, store and share - under their direct and sole control - their health records. CES on the Hill will take place on Wednesday May 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the cafeteria of the Rayburn Office Building...iBlueButton transforms claim data in real time into an actionable longitudinal health record. Immediately available on the user's phone or tablet, iBlueButton provides up to date lists of medications (actually delivered by a pharmacy, and not simply prescribed), diagnoses, and prior tests and procedures for users to review and share with their physicians wherever they receive care...

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