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Call for Papers-6th International Conference e-Health 2014

The 6th International Conference e-Health 2014 is coming up in Lisbon, Portugal July 17th to 19th. There is still an opportunity for the open health community to present papers at the conference. Deadline for paper submission is May 5th.

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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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Open Health News - Top Stories in 2012

As the year comes to a close I wanted to do a quick review of the leading topics and top stories of the year for Open Health News. Our site has grown exponentially this year and now we have over 50,000 readers. Based on the number of readers viewing news articles, the top 10 topics of interest included the following... Read More »

Help Fred Trotter Make Doctor Data Transparent [Updated]

[Update 12/4/2012-The project funding blew past all expectations and it's almost at $40,000. Goals have been extended...] Just came across a great project that our friend Fred Trotter has posted in the crowdsouring site Medstartr...Fred has recently changed his focus to making healthcare data transparent and accessible to patients so they can make informed decisions about their care. Fred is seeking funding from Medstartr for the project, Next Level Doctor Social Graph, and he is almost there but needs one last bit of funding to meet his goals...

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OSEHRA 2012 Open Source EHR Summit Opens to Capacity Audience - Live Blog

The 1st Annual Open Source EHR Summit & Workshop opened to a capacity audience of nearly 400 participants today at the Gaylord National Conference center at National Harbor in Maryland today This is the conference held by Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent (OSEHRA) organization, the custodial agent of the code for the U.S Department of Veteran's Affairs' (VA) open source VistA EHR. The conference has a packed agenda with more that 30 speakers. We will be blogging live from the conference with a few bits and pieces and will follow up with a more extensive set of articles later on.

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Munnecke to Reveal the Secrets to the Success of VistA

Our readers will have a unique and extraordinary opportunity tomorrow, May 10th, to participate in a webinar where Tom Munnecke, one of the pioneers of VistA and one of the world's leading experts in health information technology, will discuss the key factors that led to the success of the VA's VistA. Today VistA is recognized as the world's best hospital-based EHR. 

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eCollaboration Forum SOLD OUT-Live Webinar Available

Well guys, just as I warned, the eCollaboration Forum at the HIMSS12 conference has sold out. But don't despair, the folks at the Collaborative Health Consortium and HIMSS are providing a live webinar connection. In addition, Leonard Kish has made the full agenda available in an easy to use format in his blog. As we discussed in this news item, this Forum promises to be a watershed event for the HIMSS conferece as it presents the participants for the first time a clear and comprehensive of how platforms and ecosystems can work in the health IT field. 

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OHNews Sails Past the 16,000 Unique Visitor Mark

A quick note to our readers. I have been meaning to provide an update on the status of our web site for some time. It has been well under a years since Peter Groen and I launche the web site and the number of visitors have exceeded all our expectations. We through we'd be lucky if we had 10,000 by December. Yet we ended the year with nearly 13,000 unique visitors. I was going to write about that and then it got busy and now we are up to 16,550. Wow!

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Oroville VistA Implementation Raises the Bar

One of most exciting presentations at the VistaEXPO 2011 conference was given by Robert Wentz, Hospital Administrator and CEO of Oroville Hospital, a regional hospital in the beautiful mountains of Northern California. Oroville Hospital has achieved a whole series of milestones in close partnership with the VistA community. These range from a full implementation of VistA in the hospital and most of its 20 clinics, to the achievement of full meaningful use certification.

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VistAEXPO 2011-OSEHRA Report

I have been in In Redmond, Washington for the past two days attending the VistAEXPO 2011 conference. We are midway through the conference and it's time to write some comments. First and foremost I should note that  this has been the most productive meeting of the VsitA community that I have attended. The conference, organized by the VistA Expertise Network, has featured a whole range of presentations and discussions from high level briefings on the work of the Open Source Electronic Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) to techincal presentations on breakthrough enhancements for VistA such as the Enterprise Web Developer (EWD) and the ePrescribing package...

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