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Moving Counter-Clockwise: Lessons from Hurricanes, Floods and Earthquakes

The plethora of natural disasters raises all sorts of complicated but expected issues – from discussions of the legitimacy of global warming to the adequacy (or lack thereof) of on the ground relief efforts. One would have thought that post-Katrina, we would be ready, willing and able to provide immediate relief to those in need of disaster relief...despite capacities, we have been stunningly slow in moving these new services into disaster areas. Instead of technology advancing the ball, it is as if we are moving our clocks backwards. Sure, in the absence of cell towers, creative workarounds have been enabled like ATT&T facilitating communications to/from the mainland for its customers.

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Obama and Biden Blast EHR Vendors for Data Blocking

As they are winding their terms in office, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden dropped a stink bomb on the health IT industry. Speaking at different events on Friday, January 9th, the President and Vice President both criticized proprietary electronic health record (EHR) vendors as the primary obstacle to the success of their administration’s health care strategy. This is the highest level acknowledgement so far of the serious impact that “lock-in” EHR software vendors are having on America’s medical infrastructure and the ability of physicians to provide medical care.

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ThoughtWorks' Bahmni Helps Small, Low-Cost Hospitals Improve Patient Care

Ayan Pramanik | Business Standard | July 3, 2017

Hundreds of patients at the Jan Swasthya Sahyog (JSS) hospital in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur used to spend hours carrying documents to different windows. ThoughtWorks’ Bahmni, an open source medical record system, has attempted to put an end to that. The open source software platform was developed by engineers of software firm ThoughtWorks in Bengaluru and Hyderabad to help doctors keep medical records, lab reports and other related information and treat their patients better...

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