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EHRs And Multi-Provider Use: Lessons From The VA

Austin Frakt | The Health Care Blog | August 17, 2009

With billions of dollars of stimulus funds available and the President and state governors promoting them, electronic health records (EHRs) are likely to become commonplace in the U.S. health care system. [...] While EHRs are praised for their promise to increase efficiency and safety, it is still an open question how much of those benefits will be realized or when. Read More »

Feds to Host NHIN Software Code-a-Thon

Mary Mosquera | Government HealthIT | July 31, 2009

The Health and Human Services Department will sponsor a "code-a-thon" Aug. 27 so open source programmers can meet to collaborate on ways to improve the CONNECT gateway, software that lets organizations access the Nationwide Health Information Network. Read More »

Medsphere Named to AlwaysOn Global 250 List

Press Release | Medsphere, AlwaysOn | July 31, 2009

-Open Source Heath IT Leader Demonstrates Necessary Growth, Market Opportunity, Innovation and Customer Traction Read More »

Five Projects for Open Source for America, and Other Reports From the Open Source Convention

Andy Oram | O'Reilly Community | July 24, 2009

A group of companies, advocacy groups, and open source projects announced Open Source for America at the O'Reilly Open Source convention on Wednesday. Trying to draw as many collaborators as possible into their coalition, they aim to establish a more effective voice supporting the use of free and open source software in the U.S. Federal government environment. Read More »

Open-Source Backers March on Washington

Ashlee Vance | New York Times Bits | July 23, 2009

Some of the world’s largest technology companies have banded together in a bid to push open-source software on the United States government. They’ve formed a group called Open Source for America, which seeks to make sure that government agencies at least consider open-source software as an option in their buying decisions.

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New Advocacy Group Pushes OSS for the USA

Ryan Paul | Ars Technica | July 23, 2009

A group of commercial open source software vendors and various nonprofit advocacy organizations have joined forces to encourage broader use of open source software and open standards in government IT. The coalition, called Open Source for America (OSA), aims to educate government officials and promote procurement policies that give open source software solutions equal priority to proprietary competitors.

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Red, White And Blue -- And Open

Serdar Yegulalp | InformationWeek | July 22, 2009

The group's name: Open Source for America. The group's mission: revolutionize the way we govern ourselves, from IT departments on outwards. Or at least just the IT departments.

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Red Hat, Oracle, Sun to Promote Open Source to U.S. Government

Richard Grigonis | Asterisk | July 22, 2009

Yours Truly has often joked that the open source – or “open innovation” movement, as it’s sometimes called – sometimes resembles a quasi-religious cult. Now, however, it’s starting to resemble a political action committee.

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Open-Source Allies Woo U.S. Government

Stephen Shankland | Cnet News | July 22, 2009

Several open-source software companies and many other allies have banded together in a consortium called Open Source for America to try to persuade the U.S. government to use more of the collaboratively developed software, to participate in its development, and help its practitioners work with the government better.

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Open Source Unites for US Government Dollars

Gavin Clarke | The Register | July 22, 2009

Billions of dollars and people hours are spent each year to lobby US politicians over legislation and lucrative government contracts. Telcos, hardware, and closed-source software companies are not strangers to this game. Now Linux and open-source are getting their act together. Seventy open-source companies and organizations have established Open Source for America.

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Open Source Seeks More Clout in Washington

Sean Michael Kerner | | July 22, 2009

Is open source good for America? A group of over 70 leading open source vendors thinks so, and they've now formed an effort to lobby Washington and to promote open source for government use. The Open Source for America coalition is made up of over 50 member groups including Red Hat, Linux Foundation, Oracle, Sun, Novell,Google, AMD, Mozilla and other key open source vendors.

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Open Source Lobbying Group Emerges

Eric Brown | | July 22, 2009

A lobbying group has been launched by more than 70 companies, academic institutions, and communities, to promote open source software as a "transparent and cost-effective option" for U.S. government agencies. "Open Source for America" counts AMD, Canonical, Google, Novell, Oracle, and Red Hat among its members.

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NASA Takes Open Source Into Space

Matt Asay | Cnet News | July 22, 2009

Open-source software has been making inroads into U.S. federal agencies for years, most notably in January when the U.S. Department of Defense set up an internal forge to host open-source software for use by the government.

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Medical Research and Social Media: Can Wikis be Used as a Publishing Platform in Medicine?

Sally Murray, et. al. | Open Medicine | July 22, 2009

This past month marked an exciting development at Open Medicine: the launch of the Open Medicine wiki. The first publication to be housed on the wiki is a scoping review of studies examining the use of asynchronous telehealth by Deshpande and colleagues. The interactive article allows users to log in and edit, delete or add content to the review and to look at changes other users have made to the document.

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Group Will Push Open Source in US Gov't

Grant Gross | CIO | July 22, 2009

Open-source software needs a higher profile in Washington, D.C., according to a group of about 50 organizations and companies that launched a new campaign to educate U.S. government agencies about the benefits of open source.

Members of the Open Source For America coalition, which launched Wednesday, include Google, The Linux Foundation, the Mozilla and Debian projects, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Advanced Micro Devices and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Read More »