News Clips

Are Cell Phones Leading the mHealth Revolution?

Nellie Bristol | Global Health Magazine | May 14, 2009

According to this article from the Global Health Council Magazine, cell phone use in developing countries is driving a new industry in health-related electronic applications for programmes that range from diagnosis and health worker education to social marketing and the flow of emergency food rations, many focused on geographically remote areas. Read More »

Bill Would Boost Open-Source EHRs for Rural Use

Joseph Conn | Modern Healthcare | April 29, 2009

West Virginia, a small, mostly rural state, is the adopted home of Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, and, arguably, also where open-source healthcare information technology has been most widely adopted.

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EpiSurveyor and the Call For Open Source Mobile Healthcare Applications

Sam Dean | O Static | April 28, 2009 an open source tool designed to allow anyone in the world to create handheld data entry forms, use them to collect data on mobile devices, and transfer the data to other devices for analysis

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The Dubious Promise Of Digital Medicine

Chad Terhune,Keith Epstein andCatherine Arnst | Bloomberg Businessweek | April 22, 2009

GE, Google, and others, in a stimulus-fueled frenzy, are piling into the business. But electronic health records have a dubious history Read More »

Use of Electronic Health Records in U.S. Hospitals

Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H., et. al. | The New England Journal of Medicine | April 16, 2009

The U.S. health care system faces challenges on multiple fronts, including rising costs and inconsistent quality. Health information technology, especially electronic health records, has the potential to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care providers. Methods to speed the adoption of health information technology have received bipartisan support among U.S. policymakers, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has made the promotion of a national, interoperable health information system a priority. Read More »

Obama Calls for Lifetime Military e-Health Record

Paul McCloskey | Government Health IT | April 10, 2009

President Barack Obama asked the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to accomplish what for the last two years has been a mostly a struggle: building a "unified lifetime electronic record" for members of the military services. Read More »

Medsphere Announces Open Source Code Release for EHR Solution

Press Release | Medsphere | April 8, 2009

OpenVista Interface Domain, CIS, and Server Code Now Available for Download on Read More »

VA program to schedule patient appointments on verge of collapse

Bob Brewin | Nextgov | March 31, 2009

An eight-year-old, $167 million project to develop a core computer application to schedule patient appointments at hospitals run by the Veterans Affairs Department has all but collapsed, and senior executives are worried about the repercussions it could cause on the Hill and in the White House, according to an internal memo obtained by Nextgov. Read More »

DOD, VA Set New Target for Joint Lifetime Health Record

Peter Buxbaum | Government Health IT | March 27, 2009

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have formed a working group to pursue a joint lifetime electronic heath and benefits record for service members, veterans, and their families. Read More »

No Small Change for the Health Information Economy

Kenneth D. Mandl and Isaac S. Kohane, | New England Journal of Medicine | March 26, 2009

...substitutability goes beyond interoperability. Just as consumers may swap out applications on their iPhones, physicians should be able to readily replace one referral-management system with another. Companies are beginning to offer modular services driven by common data elements found in claims, EHRs, and PCHRs.

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Networking out of natural disasters

Declan Butler | Nature | March 25, 2009

 -Open-source software could transform response to disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Read More »

AHLTA is Intolerable

Tom Munnecke | Tom Munnecke's Eclectica | March 19, 2009

30 years ago, in December 1978, I attended a meeting with folks from the VA, DoD, Indian Health Service, and others about building a shared software infrastructure for medical records.

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Medsphere Introduces EHR Certification Courses with Launch of Training University

Press Release | Medsphere, maxIT | March 18, 2009

Increasing Demand for OpenVista Spurs Open Source Leader to Partner with maxIT Healthcare for Implementation Services

Medsphere Systems Corporation, the leading provider of open-source healthcare IT solutions, today announced the successful launch of Medsphere University. This specialized training and certification program is Medsphere’s initial foray into training collaborative business partners to implement OpenVista, the company’s flagship electronic health record (EHR) solution. Read More »

Kenneth W. Kizer and Peter J. Groen: W.Va. a Leader in Health Info

Kenneth W. Kizer and Peter J. Groen | The Charleston Gazette | March 17, 2009

West Virginia has quietly become a national leader in the use of health information technology, particularly in the area of "open-source" electronic health record solutions that are used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Service. These high-value systems...have been adapted and are being used in a number of innovative ways to improve the health of West Virginians. Read More »

Transforming Health Care in West Virginia

Sarah M. Chouinard, M.D. | Community Health Network of West Virginia | March 17, 2009

Improving the health status of rural West Virginia residents requires a new approach to chronic care supported by information technology.

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