News Clips

DIY Government: Open Source for America

Leah Rosin | IT Knowledge Exchange | July 22, 2009

Today, in conjunction with the O’Reilly Open Source Conference (OSCON) in San Jose, Calif., more than 70 companies, academic institutions, communities, related groups and individuals announced the formation ofOpen Source for America, an organization that will serve as a unified voice for the promotion of open source software in the U.S. Federal Government arena. Read More »

Open Source for America: A resource for the Gov2.0 CTO

Bob Gourly | CTOvision.com | July 22, 2009

With this post I’d like to tell you a bit more about the coalition Open Source for America and why I believe it is so important for our collective future.  I would also like to encourage you to join this coalition yourself.   Whether you represent industry, academia, non-profit organizations or are an individual technologist this coalition needs your help and support. Read More »

Companies, Academics Form Coalition to Promote Open-Source Software

Jill R. Aitoro | NextGov | July 22, 2009

Leaders of the open-source movement announced on Wednesday that they have formed a coalition to promote support of and adoption by federal agencies of the nonproprietary computer software.

More than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities and individuals formed Open Source for America to promote its use in the federal government. Open source generally refers to software code that is provided to the public to modify and download for free. Read More »

Coalition to Promote Greater Use of Open-Source Apps in Government

Kathleen Hickey | Government Computer News | July 22, 2009

Open-source software continues to make inroads into the federal government, and a new organization to promote open-source applications has been established.

Open Source for America is a coalition of more than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities of interest and related groups that will advocate for greater acceptance of the use of open-source software in government information technology systems. Read More »

Companies, Academics Form Coalition to Promote Open-Source Software

Jill R. Aitoro | NextGov | July 22, 2009

Leaders of the open-source movement announced on Wednesday that they have formed a coalition to promote support of and adoption by federal agencies of the nonproprietary computer software.  More than 50 companies, academic institutions, communities and individuals formed Open Source for America to promote its use in the federal government.

Universal Electronic Health Records: Progress or Boondoggle?

Marlene Piturro, PhD | ENTToday | July 15, 2009

Implementing electronic health records (EHRs) for all 633,000 physicians and 5708 hospitals in the United States is a daunting task, and one that is being nudged forward by Team Obama's $19 billion stimulus plan earmarked to help health care providers to switch to EHRs. But a March New England Journal of Medicine study by Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, and John Halamka, MD, MS, showed that only 1.5% of hospital records are fully computerized, and only 7.6% of hospitals have a basic EHR system.

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Online Tool Could Aid Global Collaboration

Jessica Hamzelou | SciDev.Net | July 4, 2009

Google has launched a new online tool enabling free data-sharing that could aid with international scientific research collaborations. The tool, Fusion Tables — launched on the Google Labs website — allows tables of data to be visualised as charts, graphs and maps, which can help identify patterns and trends.

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Your Health Care System: A Map

Jonathan Cohn | The New Republic | July 1, 2009

The Clinton plan was tremendously complicated. And given how many of the old Republican arguments against health reform are resurfacing this year, it's likely we'll be seeing a similar chart sometime this summer. But these charts leave out one key fact: The U.S. health care system is already a mind-numbing web of institutions, agencies, and businesses. Read More »

NHIN Users Will Need Tougher Security, Feds Warn

GHIT Staff | Government HealthIT | July 1, 2009

Healthcare providers and businesses that plan to use the nationwide health information network need to strengthen their security and privacy measures to ensure healthcare transformation succeeds, Julie Boughn, chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said today. Read More »

Medsphere Congratulates Midland Memorial Hospital, 2009 American Business Awards Finalist

Press Release | Medsphere, Midland Memorial Hospital | June 11, 2009

-Seventh Annual Stevie® Awards to be Presented on June 22 in New York City Read More »

Utah's Blue Mountain Hospital Selects Medsphere OpenVista for Rapid Implementation Time and Flexibility

Press Release | Medsphere, Blue Mountain Hospital , Stockell | June 8, 2009

-Leading Open Source Provider Teams with Stockell Healthcare to Provide Rural Acute Care Facility with Comprehensive Clinical, Revenue, and Patient Accounting Support Read More »

Midland Memorial Hospital Wins CIO 100 Award

Press Release | Medsphere, Midland Memorial Hospital | June 1, 2009

Texas Hospital Recognized by CIO Magazine for Using OpenVista Electronic Health Record in Transformation to Secure, Paper-lite Facility Read More »

The New Computing Pioneers

Rick Mullin | Chemical & Engineering News | May 25, 2009

It may no longer be fair to characterize large pharmaceutical firms as late adopters of information technology (IT). Having spent the past five years catching up to other industries in the deployment of enterprise software systems that link researchers and laboratories companywide, big drug firms are now starting to push data storage and processing onto the Internet to be managed for them by companies such as Amazon, Google, and Microsoft on computers in undisclosed locations.

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Right-To-Repair Law Proposed ... For Cars

Fred Von Lohmann | Electronic Frontier Foundation | May 20, 2009

It's not often that you get former presidential candidates from the Green Party and the Libertarian Party to agree on legislation, but Bob Barr and Ralph Nader have done just that -- jointly supporting the Right-To-Repair Act of 2009 (H.R. 2057)... Read More »

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 »