News Clips

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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The Development and Evaluation of a PDA-based Method for Public Health Surveillance Data Collection in Developing Countries

Ping Yu, Maximilian de Courten, et. al. | Elsevier | March 5, 2009

EpiData and Epi Info are often used together by public health agencies around the world, particularly in developing countries, to meet their needs of low-cost public health data management; however, the current open source data management technology lacks a mobile component to meet the needs of mobile public health data collectors.

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Midland Memorial Hospital Reduces Patient Deaths, Infection Rates Through Use of OpenVista Electronic Health Record

Press Release | Medsphere, Midland Memorial Hospital | March 4, 2009

Study Shows Medsphere Solution Has Transformed Texas Hospital into Secure, Paper-lite Facility Through Improved Patient Care and Clinical Decision Support Read More »

Top South African Journals to Go Open Access

Munyaradzi Makoni and Christina Scott | SciDev.Net | March 2, 2009

A new scheme aims to put African research on the map by providing free access to a range of the country's top academic journals. The South African Journal of Science (SAJS) will lead the way, becoming the first high-profile open access journal by the end of March in a pilot project lasting two years.

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Open Access Papers Used More in Developing World

Carla Almeida | SciDev.Net | February 24, 2009

Making articles freely available online can widen the participation of developing world scientists in global science, according to a new study.  Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States measured the extent to which making papers available on an open access basis affected how many times those papers were cited, and by whom.

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India Moves to Protect Traditional Medicines From Foreign Patents

Randeep Ramesh | Guardian.co.UK | February 22, 2009

  In the first step by a developing country to stop multinational companies patenting traditional remedies from local plants and animals, the Indian government has effectively licensed 200,000 local treatments as "public property" free for anyone to use but no one to sell as a "brand."

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Are Health IT Designers, Testers and Purchasers Trying to Harm Patients?

Scot Silverstein, MD | Health Care Renewal | February 18, 2009

In effect through superciliousness and complacency, they just might be, along with the people who approve EMR's, CPOE's and other clinical IT for sale, as well as those who actually purchase this IT for healthcare organizations. [6-part series]

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Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans

Armen Keteyian | CBS News | February 11, 2009

They are the casualties of wars you don't often hear about - soldiers who die of self-inflicted wounds. Little is known about the true scope of suicides among those who have served in the military. Read More »