COSI 'Open' Health

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 »

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 »

Open Business Conference 2013 - Summary

The recent Open Business Conference held in San Francisco offered the opportunity to learn from business and technology experts working in the open source arena. It also allowed participants to network with open source peers, developers and sponsors. Read More »

Check out the enhanced ONC Health IT Dashboard

Want to better understanding health IT and the transformative changes that electronic health records (EHR) are having in our nation's health care system? Read More »

Observations on the latest 'Future of Open Source Survey'

A major theme running through this year's Future of Open Source Survey is that 'Open Source is Eating the Software World's Lunch.' The survey data shows that the 'Open Revolution' is having a major impact on both the Read More »

WHO Global Health Observatory & Other 'Open Data' Resources

Interested in learning more about 'open data' healthcare resources  around the globe? Check out the World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Health Observatory.  This WHO information portal provides access to 'open' data, statistical analyses, and reports for monitoring the global health situation. Read More »

'Open Systems' for Consumers Comparison Shopping for Healthcare

Americans can comparison shop online for almost anything today. This ought to apply to the healthcare industry as well. How much are hospitals or clinics charging for medical procedures and other healthcare services? Where is the online Amazon, Best Buy, or Wal-Mart site that you can go to and check the prices before heading off to see your doctor. Read More »

HIMSS 2013: Open Source 'Best Practices' in the Federal Sector

The following are some of notes and observations from one of OHNews bloggers, Marc Wine, on one of the sessions he attended about the VA VistA system, OSEHRA, and some Open Source 'Best Practices' within the Federal government and in the private sector. Read More »

An 'Open' Hospital Chargemaster System is Needed

Every hospital has what's known as a chargemaster, also known as charge description master (CDM). A charge master is a listing of every single procedure that a hospital may provide to its patients.  It is well established that chargemaster prices are inflated, vary widely from hospital to hospital, and often have no relation to the actual cost of providing care. Read More »

More on the 'Open Health Movement'

The open source movement that started several decades ago has slowly morphed into something much bigger - a comprehensive global 'Open Movement'. The movement now encompasses open source, open access, open data, open standards, open hardware, as well as open business models, open government, open leadership, and much more. Read More »