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Open Health News About to Cross the 225,000 Visitor Milestone

Open Health News has continued growing in leaps and bounds and we are close to crossing a major milestone, 225,000 unique visitors to the site since we launched a little over three years ago. Not bad considering that when we launched the site, we thought the maximum number of people interested in a web site providing news related to open health would top off at 30,000 max!

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Exascale Computing & Open Source Solutions

Have you been paying attention to the topic of Exascale Computing? Perhaps you should. Congress recently provided funding to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a new class of supercomputers capable of a quintillion [billion billion] FLoating Point Operations per Second (FLOPS) needed to model nuclear weapons explosions Read More »

Munnecke on "Dots-First" vs. "Links-First" Metadata Approach, or Why ICD10 is Going to Fail

Note that, even in 1986, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs was savvy to, and advocating the use of metadata (then called the “data dictionary – a roadmap to the database.”  It understood its use in VistA (then called DHCP), its role in portability (then with the Indian Health Service), and hopes to use it for the Department of Defense’s Composite Health Care System. Read More »

OSEHRA Open for Business at HIMSS14 Through VistA Evolution

I am writing from the floor of the HIMSS14 conference in Orlando, Florida. This has been so far an incredibly exciting conference as the core principles of open source in healthcare that I have been working on for more than a decade are now becoming mainstream. Read More »

Musings at the start of the New Year - 2014

Have you noticed –

For the past decade we've been talking about electronic health records (EHR), personal health records (PHR), health information exchange (HIE), mobile health (mHealth), preventive health, genomics, robots, telemedicine, open source, open access, open data, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Read More »

Making Way for the Next Generation

After more than 3 years as a senior editor and writer for Open Health News (OHNews), I am stepping down at the end of this month and finally heading off to retirement. I've spent almost 40 enjoyable years working in the healthcare industry, but the time has come to depart. Read More »

AMIA 2013: Presentation on Genomics and Precision Medicine

By 2020, availability and use of genomic information will contribute to revolutionizing how consumers will make better choices about their personal health.  This became apparent to me and others in the audience during demonstrations at the recent AMIA 2013 Symposium, on how genomics is increasing shari Read More »

What does the future hold for Healthcare and Health IT – From 2015 thru 2030 and Beyond

One of the best ways to try and come up with some reasonably sound predictions about the future of healthcare and health information technology (IT) over the next several decades, is to do a little 'crowd sourcing' – tapping into a wide range of individuals, groups, and sources of information on the web to see what they have to say. A review of over a hundred articles, interviews and reports written over the past 2-3 years about the future of information technology and healthcare has led to my compilation of the following list of predictions for the next 10-15 years - from 2015 thru 2030 – and beyond.

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OHNews 2013 Readers Choice: Most visited links to 'Open Access' Publications

As we head towards the end of the year, the global 'Open Health' movement continues to grow and strengthen. Based on the number of hits by our Open Health News (OHNews) readers on links to 'Open Access' health informatics and medical publications (e.g. Read More »

OHNews 2013 Readers Choice: Most visited 'Open Data' sources of Health Information

As we head towards the end of the year, the global 'Open Health' movement continues to grow and strengthen. Each month, the number of new 'open data' web sites and resources increases. Read More »

OHNews 2013 Readers Choice: 'Open Source' Health IT Systems

As we head towards the end of the year, the global 'open source' software movement continues to grow and strengthen, especially in the field of healthcare. Based on the number of hits by readers of Open Health News (OHNews) on links to our brief profiles of 'open source' Health IT systems, the following are their top choices of interest over the past year: Read More »

Who is spying on you? And do you care?

Several of our interns and younger editorial staff at Open Health News (OHN) have made a point of collecting and posting news clips about NSA and government spying on web sites. Read More »

Selected Articles about Open Source & Business

The following are a series of selected news articles, feature stories, and blogs about Business & 'Open Source' activities and solutions that have been posted on Open Health News (OHN) over the past couple of years. . Read More »

Have you tried a MicroPC-on-a-Stick?

Do you call it a Miniature PC, MiniPC, MicroPC, Matchbox PC, NetTop PC, or what? My favorite is MicroPC-on-a-Stick. Whatever popular name finally sticks, the MicroPC is starting to slowly make its mark. Read More »

COTS, FOSS, or HOSS Solutions?

When looking to acquire a health IT system, the discussion often boils down to the question of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) versus Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions.  The reality is that some form of Hybrid Open Source Software (HOSS) solution is probably what you should aim to acquire and implement. Read More »

My Updated 2013 List of 'Open Source' Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems

I've been following and reporting on 'open source' electronic health record (EHR) and/or electronic medical record (EMR) systems over the past decade. In the late 1990's and early years of the 21st century, there were several hundred open source EHR/EMR projects that were initiated and posted on sites like SourceForge, GitHub, GForge, Freshmeat, etc. Read More »

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the HITECH Act continue to be rolled out

Like so many others, I wasn't about to read the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the details of the HITECH Act. Nor was I going to pay much attention to the political blather about 'Obamacare' being pushed by biased commentators or politicians over the airwaves. I have simply been waiting to actually see how it would roll out and impact me and my family. Read More »

VistA and Emerging Business Opportunities ... $48.7 Million Empire State Award & 'Open Source' Health IT Market

Colleagues, Do I detect momentum? In recent months we have witnessed;

    The DoD MEDICS RFI in which 3 to 4 VistA based solutions appear to viable procurement options ... Read More »

European Union (EU) Joinup Web Site

I have been following Gijs Hillenius for the past year on several social media and news sites. He is a journalist with over 25 years of experience and is currently the news editor of the Open Source Repository & Observatory (OSOR). The focus of many of his posts is on the use of open source and open standards by national, regional, and local governments across the European Union (EU). Read More »

Mirth Systems Acquired by Quality Systems

I don't know if you missed this news or not. I think it's pretty big news, especially for the 'Open Health' information technology (IT) community.

Quality Systems, Inc., acquired the Mirth Corporation on Sepetember 9, 2013. Their press release states that they "will maintain the Mirth brand identity, office, team, and products and will continue to market Mirth’s commercial solutions and serve as the hub for the Mirth Connect open-source community." Read More »

OSEHRA Summit 2013 Shines, even as DoD Shuns the Summit

The Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) Summit was held this past week in Bethesda, Maryland.  The focus was on the use of the VistA electronic health record (EHR) and other open source solutions in healthcare. Read More »

The 'Open' Revolution & America's Future

America's Future: 2020-2050

Focused on the "Future of America" and the "American Dream" in the 21st Century

FYI – A Series of Blogs on the Evolving 'Open Revolution' & Movement Read More »

National Health IT Week

Apparently, we're coming up on the "8th Annual Health IT Week", September 16-20, 2013. That's great news – but it did surprise me. I've worked in the field of Health IT for almost 40 years and I just stumbled across Health IT Week. Read More »

Further defining 'Free' and/or 'Open Source' Software

The battle continues over the correct definitions of 'Free' and/or 'Open Source' Software (FOSS). For many readers who don't follow this issue closely, it's time to take another look at the subject.

According to the GNU organization and the Free Software Foundation (FSF)'Free' Software is not about price – it's about liberty and freedom.. Read More »

Open Source Space Satellites Launched

This news story in NewScientist by Lisa Grossman caught the attention of a lot of people this week – "Space station poised to launch open-source satellites". Read More »