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9 Healthcare Innovations Driven By Open Data

Joel Gurin | Information Week | November 18, 2014

...IBM and the Cleveland Clinic announced that Watson was turning to more serious pursuits and had "enrolled" in medical school. It's been a productive partnership: Last month, they launched a new Watson program using genomic data to find the best options for cancer patients...

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A Way For Biopharma To Disclose More Trial Data

Ken Getz | Medical Marketing & Media | December 26, 2012

[...] At a time when some regulatory bodies and biopharma companies are increasing their transparency initiatives involving access to clinical-trial data, disclosing trial results to volunteers could also go a long way toward strengthening public confidence. Read More »

AB 609: California Leads On Open Access To Publicly Funded Research

Lisa Peet | Library Journal | November 6, 2014

California has become the first state to mandate open access for the products of some taxpayer-funded research. On September 29 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act, coauthored by Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R–Palm Desert) and Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D–Los Angeles)...

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Annotum Picks Up Google's Abandoned Knol

Laura Czajkowski | The H (h-online.com) | November 23, 2011

Following the announcement that Google would be shutting down its Knol project for user-written articles, the company has worked with Solvitor and Crowd Favorite to create Annotum. Based on WordPress, Annotum is an open source authoring and publishing platform for scholarly works. Read More »

Comparing Open Source Medical Visualisation And Imaging Software

Rumela Roy | Linux For You | January 28, 2013

This article, aimed at doctors or those interested in writing open source healthcare applications, focuses on the two most significant open source software toolkits available for medical imaging processing and visualisation... Read More »

Digital Access To Knowledge: Research Chat With Harvard’s Peter Suber

John Wihbey | Journalist's Resource | October 16, 2012

How much access is there to cutting-edge research online? The reality is that access to the world’s deepest knowledge — that produced by professional researchers — remains contested in the digital space. Read More »

Grant Supports Development Of Software To Judge Quality Of Electronic Public Health Data

Press Release | Indiana University | September 10, 2015

With the growing need for early identification of emerging threats including those of bioterrorism, pandemic flu, Ebola and foodborne illnesses, public health departments nationwide are increasingly relying upon data captured from electronic sources. A $381,000, 2-year grant from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health supports development by the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health of open source software tools to measure and monitor the quality of electronic data being transmitted to public health departments across the nation from health care systems, medical laboratories, physician offices and other sources.

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Halamka on the JASON Report

On 4/09/2014, AHRQ released the JASON report, facilitated by Mitre. JASON is an independent group of scientists who advise the United States government on matters of science and technology. The intent of the report is to make recommendations for a new healthcare IT architecture to accelerate interoperability. Read More »

Kitware Supports MICCAI 2010

Stephen Aylward | Kitware Blog | October 15, 2010

Kitware was omnipresent at the 2010 Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) conference held in Beijing China, September 20-24. This blog highlights some of our involvement in that event: Read More »

Library, Higher Education Organizations File Net Neutrality Comments With FCC

Krista Cox | Association of Research Libraries | July 18, 2014

Today, July 18, 2014, ARL, together with 10 other library and higher education groups, filed comments with the FCC on net neutrality (PDF). These comments largely expand on the points made in the Net Neutrality Principles jointly filed by library and higher education groups on July 10, going into greater detail and making specific suggestions to strengthen the proposals made in the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking...

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NIH Launches 3D Print Exchange For Researchers, Students

Press Release | National Institutes of Health | June 18, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has launched the NIH 3D Print Exchange, a public website that enables users to share, download and edit 3D print files related to health and science. These files can be used, for example, to print custom laboratory equipment and models of bacteria and human anatomy.

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NLMplus: Both Showcase and Useful Tool

Barbara Quint | Information Today | December 8, 2011

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has played an historic role in the development of online technology and services. In a sense, it might almost be called the parent of online. Read More »

Open Science Prize Announces Epidemic Tracking Tool as Grand Prize Winner

Press Release | Open Science Prize, Wellcome, Howard Hughes Medical Institute , National Institutes of Health | February 28, 2017

A prototype online platform that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola is the grand prize winner of the Open Science Prize. The international team competition is an initiative by the National Institutes of Health, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The winning team, Real-time Evolutionary Tracking for Pathogen Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation, created its nextstrain.org prototype to pool data from researchers across the globe, perform rapid phylogenetic analysis, and post the results on the platform’s website...

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Open Source Resources for major Disaster & Emergency Management Situations

As everyone knows by now, the super storm known as 'Hurricane Sandy' has caused considerable devastation across the East Coast of the United States and all the way up to the Great Lakes region. The effects of the storm will continue to be felt for days and weeks as major portions of the East Coast are without electricity and flooding is expected to continue for days. Under these circumstances it seemed appropriate to put together a listing of open source applications that have been successfully used in emergencies and disaster recovery all over the world. In times of man-made crises or natural disasters there are a range of organizations, web sites, open source tools, mobile apps, and more that might be of use to first responders and citizens in general. Check out some of the following resources...

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Public Health ACTion (PHACT) 2013 Campaign mobilizes support

The 2013 Public Health Action (PHACT) Campaign is well underway. Check out the Public Health ACTion (PHACT) Campaign web site maintained by the American Public Health Association (APHA). It provides 'open' data and information on public health funding impacts on communities in every state in the U.S.   Click on your state to find out where it ranks on public health funding and activities. Read More »