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600-bed NHS Hospital in England Goes Live with Open Source Electronic Record for Patients

Press Release | IMS MAXIMS | October 7, 2015

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS hospital in the UK to go live with an open source electronic patient record (EPR), a landmark move expected to help staff deliver better patient care through improved access to information.The trust has successfully rolled out the system in A&E, theatres, outpatients and the hospital’s 30 wards with the support of IMS MAXIMS, after the software firm released the code for its open source EPR technology to the NHS just over a year ago. Up until now NHS trusts have depended on proprietary software in order to record and manage patient information.

A Pilot Site for NHS VistA in the UK

Ewan Davis | Woodcote Consulting | July 14, 2013

Moving the open source agenda require that NHS Trust submit Expressions of Interests (EoI) for open source projects under NHS England’s £260 million Technology Fund  by the deadline on 31th July. Over recent weeks I’ve been persuaded that there would be real value for the patients, the NHS and the UK health informatics industry in the creation of a UK version of an open-source EHR, and VistA would be a good place to start. Read More »

Alfresco Selected By Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Press Release | Alfresco | July 2, 2015

Alfresco Software, a leading provider of modern Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will deploy its Alfresco One ECM software. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS care and treatment for people living in southeast England. Care is provided in people's homes, in specialist clinics, hospitals, GP surgeries and prisons. Services are aimed at children, young people and adults of all ages and many are provided in partnership.

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Can Open Data Improve GPs' Take-up Of Innovations? [UK]

Kathleen Stokes | Healthcare Professionals Network | January 29, 2014

When we think about innovation, we tend to focus on creating and developing new ideas, tools and ways of doing things. While valuable, this alone it is not enough. To have impact, promising and proven innovations need to be explored and implemented. 

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City of Leeds (UK) Builds Open Source Integrated Digital Care Record for Local Communities

Press Release | UK Department for Communities and Local Government | September 23, 2015

Leeds City Council is at the helm of a ‘demonstrator’ project that is building an open source digital care record platform that will be made available to local health authorities, local authorities, and health and social care providers nationwide. The team behind the initiative, named Ripple, is made up of Leeds City Council – which is hosting the platform – the Local Government Association, NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre. Its director is Tony Shannon, formerly clinical consultant for the NHS Connecting for Health programme and Chief Clinical Information Officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Read More »

Defining An Open Platform for Health IT

It is widely agreed that the future of digital health lies in an “Open Platform”. However, it’s not clear as to exactly what an Open Platform is or how we get there. This blog aims to answer the first question and to provide some guidance on the second. While any given instance of an Open Platform will be a specific implementation of a set of software components owned and operated by a particular organisation (this might be a health and social care organisation or a third party, operating the platform on behalf of a local health and care community), it is most usefully defined by a set of principles rather than the specific details of a particular implementation.

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EHI Live UK Conference Hosts State–of-the-Art Open Source Health IT Solutions

Press Release | EHI Live | October 20, 2015

EHI live, now in its 8th year, is the UK's leading exhibition for digital health, hospital information and healthcare innovation. The event attracts visitors and delegates from around the UK and beyond who are keen to learn from industry leaders and examine new technologies. The EHI Live exhibition gives visitors the chance to see the best that NHS IT suppliers have to offer. EHI Live will take place in Birmingham, UK, Nov 3-4, in Hall 1 at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The event will host more than 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest advances in IT healthcare solutions. It will also feature free-to-attend conferences that will address the major healthcare IT industry issues such...[including] the annual HANDI Health Apps conference which features its own specialist app zone, a feature dedicated to the use of open source technology.

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EHR Systems & Cost Transparency in the Healthcare Industry

Cost transparency is obviously a big issue in the healthcare industry. Whether it’s the amazing variation in costs hospitals charge patients for similar medical procedures, or the costs associated with acquiring and implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system for a hospital - Why are all these costs often carefully hidden?  Is there something special about the healthcare industry that says – "Let's not talk about how much things really cost." Apparently, many industry leaders must feel that hospitals boards and patients have no need to know this information. Read More »

How Does an Entrepreneur Help His Fiancé Fight Cancer? With Open Source Tools, of Course.

My name is Jorge. I started Kanteron Systems, a medical imaging open-source software company, in Valencia (Spain) in 2005. In 2011 I moved to New York to open our US subsidiary. While living in New York, I started dating a woman that was battling breast cancer. Her name is Stephanie. Stephanie’s oncologist was at Beth Israel Cancer Center, her surgeon at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, and her radiation therapist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). As I held her hand through the process twice (she had surgery, and a recurrence a year later) and met with her doctors, I saw first-hand how broken many cancer-care processes involving data and medical imaging sharing were.

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HP Plans Open Source Offer For NHS

Lis Evenstad | eHealth Insider | December 5, 2013

Hewlett Packard is planning to provide a full electronic patient record system on the open source framework being developed by NHS England. Read More »

IMS Maxims Open To Open Source

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | July 31, 2013

IMS Maxims is in discussions with NHS England about the possibility of open sourcing some of its software.  Guidance released this month by NHS England, ‘Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards: achieving an integrated digital care records’, says the commissioning board wants to create a “vibrant market” of national solutions and products that are available under open source licensing arrangements.

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Marand to present on Postmodern EHRs at OSEHRA Open Source Summit

Press Release | Marand | June 27, 2016

Tomaž Gornik, CEO of Marand, will speak at OSEHRA Open Source Summit in Washington DC, the largest annual event in open source health-technologies in the USA. Openness and agility are at the core of Postmodern EHRs. The term “Postmodern” was launched recently by Gartner when describing the ongoing evolution of ERP systems moving from monolithic towards modular systems. Tomaž Gornik applied this concept to EHRs in a series of blog posts and recent presentations at different events around the globe (see blog posts, list of events).

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NHS Delays e-Referral Service Launch Until 2015

Charlotte Jee | ComputerWorld UK | October 6, 2014

The launch of the new NHS e-Referral service has been delayed until spring 2015, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has announced...

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NHS England Creates Open Source 'Super' Community Organization

Rebecca McBeth | digitalhealth.net | June 25, 2015

NHS England has set up a ‘super CIC’ to act as a centre of excellence and attract funding for open source projects within health and social care. Peter Coates, NHS England's open source programme manager, told Digital Health News the new community interest company has already received a number of grants, including money from NHS England, to progress outcomes around urgent care and the Code4Health programme.

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NHS England Open Source Plans Revealed

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | March 3, 2014

NHS England is looking to create a series of community interest companies to act as custodians for open source products introduced to the NHS.  NHS England revealed in mid-2013 that it wanted to encourage an open source option for trusts looking to invest in electronic patient record systems, and that some of the £260m ‘Safer Hospitals Safer Wards: Technology Fund’ would go towards this.

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