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Open Health News Open Health News - The Voice for the Open Health Community Open Health News is a combined news, knowledge, and resource portal on all things related to open source in healthcare.

It has become the premier site of choice for Open Health IT news and information. One of its goals is to become the definitive source of news and information about ‘open source’ health IT solutions and community activities. Another goal is to help raise awareness of the many high quality open source health IT products that have been developed and the growing number of organizations providing support for these products.

Mission: To be "The Voice for the Open Health Community"

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What Western States Can Learn From Native American Wildfire Management Strategies...Across North America, indigenous peo...
10/10/2020

What Western States Can Learn From Native American Wildfire Management Strategies...Across North America, indigenous peoples have actively managed forest ecosystems through the use of fire. https://buff.ly/2IefWyp #wildfires #naturaldisasters #KarukTribe #NativeAmericans

How breaking my back led me to open source. It gave a voice and a community to someone coping with the aftermath of a ma...
10/10/2020
How Breaking My Back Led Me To Open Source | Open Health News

How breaking my back led me to open source. It gave a voice and a community to someone coping with the aftermath of a major injury, and eventually led to a new career... #OpenSource #Wordpress #blogging #community

Sara KellyRecently, I noticed some unusual activity on my blog. A very old post about how I broke my back while living in London had a lot of hits. Was it yet another case of Internet spammers finding a new target for their lewd advertisements? I finally put two and two together when I read the head...

Open source tools provide an economic advantage for science. They have shown great promise for developing custom tools. ...
10/10/2020
Open Source Tools Provide An Economic Advantage For Science | Open Health News

Open source tools provide an economic advantage for science. They have shown great promise for developing custom tools. #OpenSource #OpenScience #OpenHardware #OpenMedicine #OpenHealth #FOSH #3DPrinting #DistributedDigitalManufacturing

Joshua PearceFree and open source software (FOSS) and the distributed digital manufacturing of free and open source hardware (FOSH) have shown great promise for developing custom scientific tools. For some time now, FOSH has provided scientists a high return on investment.

Data Management for Large-scale COVID-19 Immunization: This is all not as simple as it seems https://buff.ly/3iFHpGO #Op...
09/16/2020

Data Management for Large-scale COVID-19 Immunization: This is all not as simple as it seems https://buff.ly/3iFHpGO #OpenSource #OpenHealth #publichealth #COVID19 #pandemic #SARSCoV2 #vaccine #immunization #ICE #IIS #healthIT #VAMS @HLNconsulting

Approval Of A Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just The Beginning - Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays  #pan...
09/16/2020
Approval Of A Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just The Beginning - Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays | Open Health News

Approval Of A Coronavirus Vaccine Would Be Just The Beginning - Huge Production Challenges Could Cause Long Delays #pandemic #COVID19 #SARSCoV2 #vaccine #supplychain #CUNY #vaccinesupplychain

The race for a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is well underway. It's tempting to assume that once the first vaccine is approved for human use, all the problems of this pandemic will be immediately solved. Unfortunately, that is not exactly the case.

Radiology Initiatives Illustrate Uses for Open Data and Open AI research  #OpenHealth #OpenSource #DICOM #ArtificialInte...
09/12/2020
Radiology Initiatives Illustrate Uses for Open Data and Open AI research | Open Health News

Radiology Initiatives Illustrate Uses for Open Data and Open AI research #OpenHealth #OpenSource #DICOM #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #radiology #RICORD #RSNA #COVID19

Fans of data in health care often speculate about what clinicians and researchers could achieve by reducing friction in data sharing. What if we had easy access to group repositories, expert annotations and labels, robust and consistent metadata, and standards without inconsistencies?

Report on ONC’s Working Session on Patient Identity and Matching-Overview of the most interesting presentations  #intero...
09/09/2020
Report on ONC’s Working Session on Patient Identity and Matching | Open Health News

Report on ONC’s Working Session on Patient Identity and Matching-Overview of the most interesting presentations #interoperability #patientidentity #patrientmatching #ONC #HealthIT #SSI #PKI #MPI #FIDO #NoeticPartners @noeticpartners @FIDOAlliance

Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.On Monday, August 31, I attended the final Working Session on Patient Identity and Matching. This virtual event was hosted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). This Working Session was a followup to an earlier session back in June 2020.

An Epic Fight For the Metaverse—Fortnite Takes on the Big Tech Oligopolies https://buff.ly/2G1xlcu #interoperability #op...
08/29/2020

An Epic Fight For the Metaverse—Fortnite Takes on the Big Tech Oligopolies https://buff.ly/2G1xlcu #interoperability #openstandards #openplatform #crossplatform #Apple #google #monopolies #oligopolies #healthcare #healthIT #metaverse #Fortnite #EpicGames @kimbbellard

The Appeal of Graph Databases for Health Care, Clinical Research and Public Health  #OpenSource #OpenHealth  @neo4j #Neo...
08/28/2020
The Appeal of Graph Databases for Health Care | Open Health News

The Appeal of Graph Databases for Health Care, Clinical Research and Public Health #OpenSource #OpenHealth @neo4j #Neo4j #GraphDatabaes #publichealth #clinicalresearch #OpioidCrisis #DataScience #MachineLearning #SemanticWeb #TensorFlow #healthIT

A lot of valuable data can be represented as graphs. Genealogical charts are a familiar example: they represent people as boxes, connected by lines that represent parent/child or marriage relationships. In mathematics and computer science, graphs have become a discipline all their own. Now their val...

Report on the ONC Tech Forum 2020: An attendee's perspective https://buff.ly/3kSPQ2O #ONC #healthIT #pandemic #FHIR #inf...
08/19/2020

Report on the ONC Tech Forum 2020: An attendee's perspective https://buff.ly/3kSPQ2O #ONC #healthIT #pandemic #FHIR #informationblocking #interoperability #opensource #openhealth #OpenAPI #CDC #EHR #eCR

Affordable COVID-19 Diagnoses for Hospitals: How Open Source Software Helps https://buff.ly/3aBg3yp #MachineLearning #CT...
08/14/2020

Affordable COVID-19 Diagnoses for Hospitals: How Open Source Software Helps https://buff.ly/3aBg3yp #MachineLearning #CTScan #COVID19 #Pandemic #OpenSource #OpenHealth @ApacheMahout @rawkintrevo @praxagora

Linux Foundation Launches Public Health Initiative to Respond to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics with Open Source Solution...
07/22/2020
Linux Foundation Launches Public Health Initiative to Respond to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics with Open Source Solutions | Open Health News

Linux Foundation Launches Public Health Initiative to Respond to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics with Open Source Solutions #OpenHealth #OpenSource #publichealth #healthIT #EHR #blockchain #pandemic #COVID19 @LFPubHealth

Linux Foundation Public Health launches with open source exposure notification apps being deployed in Ireland, Canada, and multiple U.S. states

Marc Andreessen: It is Time for America to Build. Best blog post on the need to become a productive nation again.  #infr...
07/14/2020
Marc Andreessen: It is Time for America to Build | Open Health News

Marc Andreessen: It is Time for America to Build. Best blog post on the need to become a productive nation again. #infrastructure #industry #manufacturing #COVID19

...I think building is how we reboot the American dream. The things we build in huge quantities, like computers and TVs, drop rapidly in price. The things we don't, like housing, schools, and hospitals, skyrocket in price. What's the American dream? The opportunity to have a home of your own, and a....

How to Sell Open Source Software - Glyptodon's Success Story  #opensource #Glyptodon @GlyptodonInc @jm_stuff #OSS #opens...
07/14/2020
How to Sell Open Source Software - Glyptodon's Success Story | Open Health News

How to Sell Open Source Software - Glyptodon's Success Story #opensource #Glyptodon @GlyptodonInc @jm_stuff #OSS #opensourceproduct #businessmodel

John Mark WalkerIn 2010-2011, Mike Jumper started the Guacamole project, a multi-protocol gateway that allowed admins to securely serve up desktops remotely. The client interface ran in the browser, so it was a lightweight, easy-to-use replacement for some older remote access solutions. The project....

Why openly available abstracts are important - overview of the current state of affairs https://buff.ly/38u33ct @aaronta...
07/04/2020

Why openly available abstracts are important - overview of the current state of affairs https://buff.ly/38u33ct @aarontay @MsPhelps @LudoWaltman #OpenCitations #OpenAccess #OpenKnowledge #OpenScience #COVID19

#FestiHealth From Struggling with a Virus to Celebrating Life at is Virtual Best  @FestiHealth #COVID19 #virtualhealth #...
07/04/2020
From Struggling with a Virus to Celebrating Life at is Virtual Best | Open Health News

#FestiHealth From Struggling with a Virus to Celebrating Life at is Virtual Best @FestiHealth #COVID19 #virtualhealth #virtualwellness

Ron GutmanCOVID-19 has shaken us out of complacency, disrupting our lives and catalyzing a "new normal." In this new reality of distancing, remote work, and a major shift to digital channels, the delivery of and access to health and care solutions has become a challenge. Not so fun, to say the least...

Changing the world with open source: GNOME president shares her story #OpenSoure #GNOME #GUADEC #GitLab #OSS
06/30/2020
Changing the world with open source: GNOME president shares her story | Open Health News

Changing the world with open source: GNOME president shares her story
#OpenSoure #GNOME #GUADEC #GitLab #OSS

Growing up in Silicon Valley, Nuritzi Sanchez saw the powerful impact software can make on the world. Yet, unlike many others who were also steeped in the tech industry, her journey has taken her into the world of open source, where she is contributing to that impact.

And We Thought Pandemics Were Bad...The Treat of Microplastic Toxicity  #plastics #microplastics #plasticrain #healthris...
06/30/2020
And We Thought Pandemics Were Bad | Open Health News

And We Thought Pandemics Were Bad...The Treat of Microplastic Toxicity #plastics #microplastics #plasticrain #healthrisks #foodchain #toxicpollution #microplastictoxicity

Kim BellardThose of us of a certain age, or anyone who loves classic movies, remember the famous scene in "The Graduate" when Benjamin Braddock is given what is intended as a helpful clue about the future. "Plastics," one of his father's friends says. "There's a great future in plastics."

Open Source Solutions For Public Health Case Reporting and COVID-19 https://buff.ly/2BOQZ9E #OpenSource #OpenHealth #pub...
06/30/2020

Open Source Solutions For Public Health Case Reporting and COVID-19 https://buff.ly/2BOQZ9E #OpenSource #OpenHealth #publichealth #COVID19 #eCR #eICR #EPR #healthIT #EHR #RCKMS #APHA #CSTE

US senate releases draft future pandemic preparedness plan - Asks for feedback from the public. Time for open source sol...
06/23/2020
US Senate Releases Draft Future Pandemic Preparedness Plan - Asks for Feedback | Open Health News

US senate releases draft future pandemic preparedness plan - Asks for feedback from the public. Time for open source solutions. #OpenHealth #OpenSource @openEHR @openMRS #OpenEHR #OpenMRS #EHR #eCR #publichealth #COVID19 #pandemic

On June 10, 2020 the US Senate released a white paper titled "Preparing for the Next Pandemic" under the signature of Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. The white paper has five recommendations to address future pandemics based on lessons learned from COVID-19 and the past 20 years of pandemic pl...

DoD Looks for Disaster Response Solutions Through Artificial Intelligence Innovation Competition  #AI #DIU #DoD #disaste...
06/22/2020
DoD Looks for Disaster Response Solutions Through Artificial Intelligence Innovation Competition | Open Health News

DoD Looks for Disaster Response Solutions Through Artificial Intelligence Innovation Competition #AI #DIU #DoD #disasterrelief #emergencyresponse #EPR #FEMA #JAIC #naturaldisasters #opensource
#xView2 #EPR

An important new trend in the federal sector involves the use of "innovation competitions" to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions for major problems that the agencies face.

Immunization and COVID-19: Open Source Solutions  #OpenHealth #OpenSource #publichealth #COVID19 #pandemic #immunization...
06/22/2020
Immunization and COVID-19: Open Source Solutions | Open Health News

Immunization and COVID-19: Open Source Solutions #OpenHealth #OpenSource #publichealth #COVID19 #pandemic #immunization #ICE #EHR #FHIR

Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.The United States is starting to emerge from a nation-wide shut down imposed to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Most states are starting to reopen, and while higher education will likely stay largely remote this fall, primary and secondary schools are expected to reopen as the e...

OpenMRS Receives Mozilla Open Source Support Program Award for COVID-19 Response  @OpenMRS #OpenMRS #OpenHealth #Mozilla...
06/22/2020
OpenMRS Receives Mozilla Open Source Support Program Award for COVID-19 Response | Open Health News

OpenMRS Receives Mozilla Open Source Support Program Award for COVID-19 Response @OpenMRS #OpenMRS #OpenHealth #Mozilla #MOSS #OpenSource #COVID19 #pandemic #EHR #HealthIT @dhis_2

Jennifer AntillaWhen the OpenMRS community learned about the COVID-19 Solutions Fund set up by Mozilla as a part of their ongoing Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS) in early April, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to support our community's COVID-19 response. The idea at the time? Buil...

06/21/2020
Pandemic Stress Test: The Open Source Cloud Is Up To The Challenge | Open Health News

Pandemic Stress Test: The Open Source Cloud Is Up To The Challenge #OpenHealth #OpenSource #cloudtechnologies #Docker #Ceph #Kubernetes #COVID19 #GlusterFS #Omdia #Podman #HybridCloud #pandemic

Sam BocettaWe all know that modern business has become a rapid-response environment. Never before have we had the number of IT resources at the tips of our fingers as we have today, and most of them are enabled by the cloud. When we refer to "the cloud", we may be talking about several computing con...

Just posted "Using Digital Ledger Technology To Put Physicians Back In Control" by  @LeahHoustonMD Her organization @HPE...
06/21/2020
Using Digital Ledger Technology To Put Physicians Back In Control | Open Health News

Just posted "Using Digital Ledger Technology To Put Physicians Back In Control" by @LeahHoustonMD Her organization @HPECid has the potential of freeing physicians to practice medicine #OpenHealth #blockchain #OpenSource #DLT #EHR #healthIT #HITECH

Our healthcare system is failing. It costs more and has overall worse outcomes than any other industrialized nation. It is failing because those on the front lines of healthcare - the physicians and patients- have no say in how the system is run. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) - otherwise known...

Just posted "Using Digital Ledger Technology To Put Physicians Back In Control" by  @LeahHoustonMD Her organization @HPE...
06/21/2020
Using Digital Ledger Technology To Put Physicians Back In Control | Open Health News

Just posted "Using Digital Ledger Technology To Put Physicians Back In Control" by @LeahHoustonMD Her organization @HPECid has the potential of freeing physicians to practice medicine #OpenHealth #blockchain #OpenSource #DLT #EHR #healthIT #HITECH

Our healthcare system is failing. It costs more and has overall worse outcomes than any other industrialized nation. It is failing because those on the front lines of healthcare - the physicians and patients- have no say in how the system is run. Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) - otherwise known...

Artificial intelligence in medicine: Is the genie out of the bottle? Perhaps it is time to crowd-source the AI algorithm...
06/21/2020
Artificial intelligence in medicine: Is the genie out of the bottle? | Open Health News

Artificial intelligence in medicine: Is the genie out of the bottle? Perhaps it is time to crowd-source the AI algorithms #AI#OpenHealth #OpenSource #crowdsource #healthIT #MachineLearning #NLP #cNLP #EHR

It is probably a given that artificial intelligence (AI) will become an integral part of healthcare delivery and of our public health infrastructure.

A key factor for corporate resilience during a pandemic.Take care of your people so your people can take care of your bu...
04/26/2020

A key factor for corporate resilience during a pandemic.Take care of your people so your people can take care of your business https://buff.ly/2KxK7yw #pandemic #COVID19 #businesscontinuity #disasterpreparedness #corporateresilience #crisismanagement

How to contribute to open source healthcare projects for COVID-19. Ways to put programming and documentation skills to u...
04/26/2020
How to Contribute to Open Source Healthcare Projects for COVID-19 | Open Health News

How to contribute to open source healthcare projects for COVID-19. Ways to put programming and documentation skills to use by creating #opensource solutions to assist the medical community. #OpenHealth #COVID19 #pandemic #medicaldevices #openhardware

Dr. Joshua PearceMany of those that are familiar with the maker movement, including me, believe there is a significant opportunity to apply open source design principles and mass-scale collaborative distributed manufacturing technologies (like open source 3D printing) to at least partially overcome....

Mortal Coils: Why We Must Stop Tolerating Failing Health Tech - Eric Perakslis  #openhealth #opensource #innovation #Dat...
04/01/2020
Mortal Coils: Why We Must Stop Tolerating Failing Health Tech | Open Health News

Mortal Coils: Why We Must Stop Tolerating Failing Health Tech - Eric Perakslis #openhealth #opensource #innovation #DataScience #healthIT #EMR #EHRbacklash #interoperability

Eric Perakslis, PhDSome books just stick with you. For me, Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End is one of those books. His storytelling about many aspects of end of life resonates in its immediate relevance- after all, many of us have aging parents and friends-as well as...

How open source software is fighting COVID-19 https://buff.ly/2Uw0UYv #COVID19 #Coronavirus #pandemic #openhealth #opens...
03/31/2020

How open source software is fighting COVID-19 https://buff.ly/2Uw0UYv #COVID19 #Coronavirus #pandemic #openhealth #opensource #innovation #EPR #openhardware #CHIME #TideLift @jeff_stern

Pandemics Are the Mother of Invention https://buff.ly/33ZqDvy #COVID19 #Coronavirus #pandemic #openhealth #opensource #i...
03/31/2020

Pandemics Are the Mother of Invention https://buff.ly/33ZqDvy #COVID19 #Coronavirus #pandemic #openhealth #opensource #innovation #EPR #openhardware #3Dprinting #ventilators @kimbbellard

Michigan Tech Engineering Team joins global movement for open source ventilators and medical equipment to fight Coronavi...
03/22/2020
Michigan Tech Engineering Team Joins Open-source Ventilator Movement | Open Health News

Michigan Tech Engineering Team joins global movement for open source ventilators and medical equipment to fight Coronavirus pandemic #OpenHardware #OpenSource #OpenHealth #3DPrinting #JoshuaPearce #MTU #MichiganTech #Coronavirus #Covid19 #pandemic

Newswise - March 20, 2020 - As COVID-19 continues to spread, the research community is looking for solutions. In addition to work on vaccines and medicine, medical technology is needed. In severe cases of COVID-19, the disease attacks the respiratory system, and one of the major bottlenecks in treat...

03/20/2020
ONC Releases Final Rule on Interoperability: How Might it Affect Public Health? | Open Health News

ONC Releases Final Rule on Interoperability: How Might it Affect Public Health? #healthIT #informationblocking #EHRbacklash #publichealth #FHIR #eCR #eHI #ONC #HLNconsulting

Noam H. Arzt, Ph.D.On March 9, 2020 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released its final rule on the 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program. Referred to by some people as the "Informatio...

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