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Open Health News is coming soon! Preliminary testing is over and the site will be up and running in production by March 1, 2011. The site will then evolve rapidly as we add new content and capabilities over the coming months. Stay tuned!

Alternative 'Green' Energy Solutions for Health IT Systems

Your health care organization's vision for the future should include having more and more of your health information technology (HIT) infrastructure powered by alternative "hybrid" energy systems that tap into solar, wind, hydro, and traditional el

Simulation Technology and 'Open' EHR Systems for Medical Education & Training

Introduction

Models of human patients have been used in medicine for thousands of years. Some of the first medical 'simulators' were simple representations in clay and stone that were used to demonstrate clinical features of disease states and their effects on humans. Today, ever more sophisticated medical simulation tools and techniques have been developed and integrated into the education and training programs for medical professionals. There are now approximately 300 medical simulation centers in the U.S. Most are affiliated with medical schools, nursing schools, and major teaching hospitals.

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Collaborative, 'Open' Education Solutions in Health Care

The use of 'open source' software to deliver global health education solutions used by universities, medical schools, and a range of other health care organizations is becoming an increasingly important trend to watch.

Wearable Health IT Systems

The 1980's were dominated by the use of personal computers (PC). The 1990's saw the widespread acquisition and use of laptop computers. This decade has seen the widespread acceptance and use of mobile personal digital assistants (PDA) or smartphones, e.g. iPod, Blackberry, etc.

Social Networking & Health Care Systems

Social networking has created new ways to communicate and share information and have become a part of everyday life for many people. Social networks are now beginning to be adopted by healthcare organizations as a means to better manage institutional knowledge, disseminate peer to peer knowledge, and to reach out and better serve their patients. Read More »

'Open Source' Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) Systems

Integrative medicine, as defined by National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), combines mainstream medical therapies and Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies for which there is some high-quality scientific evidence of safety and effectiveness. NCCAM reported that out-of-pocket costs for CAM by adults in the U.S. in 2009 exceeded $33 billion.

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Mobile Health Solutions - mHealth

There are already over 4 billion mobile devices in use around the world — 64 percent of them are in the hands of people living in emerging market economies — and the numbers are only growing. 
In the coming decade, mHealth will dramatically change the daily clinical practices of many health care providers and the lives of their patients.

Open Source Dental Systems

The dental software industry has grown considerably over the past several decades. There are currently well over 40 commercial vendors that provide dental practice management, electronic dental record systems, and dental imaging systems for dental offices.

Health eGames

The worldwide video gaming industry is a thriving business – with hardware and software sales reaching $43.5 billion in 2007 and projected to grow to more than $61 billion in the next 4 years, according to eFuturist, Doug Goldstein - See http://www.iconecto.com

Health IT Systems in 2040

It is generally understood that the key health information technologies (HIT) to be deployed over the next decade include Electronic Health Record (EHR), Personal Health Record (PHR), and Health Information Exchange (HIE) systems. While achieving those objectives by 2020 will lay the foundation for dramatically improving healthcare, radical transformation of health care will start to come about in the decades to follow. The following are some of the emerging health information technologies that I predict will be deployed and widely used by 2040.

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FOSS in the 21st Century

The use of Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions by health care providers and organizations is an increasingly important trend today. The number of FOSS solutions currently available has grown to be quite substantial. The number of new FOSS health care solutions under development is equally impressive.

COSI Health IT Blog Startup

Industries and businesses throughout the world are being revolutionized through the application of three unique and powerful strategies - Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI). When combined, these management strategies create a robust model for accelerating change, reducing medical errors, and improving quality in the U.S. healthcare system. The COSI strategies are absolutely essential for transforming health care and creating the technology necessary to support better, safer and higher quality care in the U.S. and around the world.