Latest Blog Posts

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 »

'Open Data' can help protect our Cities, Citizens, and Workers

I was recently reading a blog by Thomas Papagiannis on "Open Data and Financial Crisis", particularly with regards to cities.  It was a timely piece given the recent issue of Time Magazine on the bankruptcy of Detroit and a growing number of other cities across the U.S. Read More »

To Tax, or not to Tax - that is the question

There was an article published in the European Commiission's 'Joinup' news site entitled "Greek advocacy protests hospital's banning of open source".  The story caught my attention Read More »

Any Benefits of Using 'Pinterest' for Open Health?

I finally got around to checking out Pinterest and seeing how it could be used for my business and professional interests. Check out my 'Open Health' Pinterest page http://pinterest.com/pjgroen/pins/ Read More »

HealtheGames - 2013 Update

Here's a quick 2013 update on the topic of computer games in healthcare - HealtheGames. It's a thriving business – with hardware and software sales well over $60 billion this year. Read More »

Most popular Hot News items posted on OHNews so far this year

The following are 10 of the more popular Hot News items posted on Open Health News (OHN) so far in 2013, based on the number of people who viewed these articles. Read More »

Most popular OHNews Feature Stories & Blogs so far this year

The following is a list of the most popular Feature Stories posted on Open Health News (OHN) to date in 2013, based on the number of people who viewed them. Read More »

Lessons Learned from Implementations of 'Open' EHR Systems

The following are some of the key 'lessons learned' from various case studies about the acquisition and implementation of VistA and other 'open source' Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems in hospitals and clinics across the U.S. Read More »

VHA Quietly Provides EHR Training to Physicians in the U.S.

Training physicians in the use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems is crucial nowadays. Fortunately, this type of training has been quietly provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to many hundreds of thousands of clinicians across the country over the past several decades. Here are some simple facts that might surprise some readers. Read More »

Open Letter to Chuck Hagel: DoD still doesn’t know what the hell they are doing

...I fear that you are paving a road to a hellish destination.  Rather than lifting up the VA eligibility problem to a shiny new common information system, you are on the verge of dragging health IT into the same bureaucratic vortex that has already done so much damage in the past.  AHLTA was declared “intolerable” in a Congressional hearing 4 years ago.... Read More »

Global Health & Health IT Solutions in 2040

It's time. Let's revisit and discuss "Health IT solutions for 2040." Our attention has been intensely focused on EHR, PHR, HIE, and mHealth solutions that will be put inplace by 2020. But, those efforts are now well underway. Read More »

Institute for eHealth Policy Briefings - Issues & Opportunities

The Institute for eHealth Policy briefing, held on Capitol Hill June 20th, presented the challenges and barriers to overcome as  rural and underserved communities work to adopt interoperable EHRs. Read More »

DoD's "Naming Switcheroo" for its Health IT Systems

I may be way off base, but it seems to me that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is a master of the "Naming Switcheroo" when it comes to requesting funding for programs that may have run into trouble and used up most of their Congressionally approved funds. Read More »

Report from the 13th Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition

The following are some selected observations and notes reported from the 13th Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition held last week in Washington, D.C. Read More »

Health IT Strategies to Enable More Patient/Provider Collaboration in the 21st Century

In the 1970's, most healthcare organizations began the process of using mainframe computers to automate their business processes, e.g. payroll, accounting, logistics. In the 1980's, healthcare organizations began the process of automating selected clinical departmental business processes using mini-computers or servers, e.g. patient registration, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology. Read More »

Report From Health Datapalooza IV

Datapalooza IV was all about collaboration, open solutions, and innovation.  Remember this magical formula:  Collaboration + Open Solutions = Innovation Read More »

Electronic Medical Records for Cruise Ship Passengers

When I was on my last cruise, I started wondering if cruise ships have ever considered using some form of electronic medical record (EMR) system. It could come in very handy, especially the next time there is a disaster at sea – e.g. sinking ship, fire on board, breakdown at sea,  outbreak of disease, or... Not that that would ever happen. Read More »