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A Consulting Firm Transition to Open Source Health Software

Andy Oram | EMR and HIPPA | September 7, 2016

The best hope for sustaining HLN as an open source vendor is the customization model: when an agency needs a new feature or a customized clinical decision support rule, it contracts with HLN to develop it. Naturally, the agency could contract with anyone it wants to upgrade open source software, but HLN would be the first place to look because they are familiar with software they built originally. Other popular models include offering support as a paid service, and building proprietary tools on top of the basic open source version (“open core”). The temptation to skim off the cream of the product and profit by it is so compelling that one of the most vocal stalwarts of the open source process, MariaDB (based on the popular MySQL database) recently broke radically from its tradition and announced a proprietary license for its primary distinguishing extension.

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Apple’s CareKit Is the Best Argument Yet for Strong Encryption

Brian Barrett | Wired | March 21, 2016

On the eve of his company’s court date with the FBI, where it will defend its right to not weaken the security of its own devices, Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage at a small theater in Cupertino to introduce a few new devices. The message of the event’s opening, though? Encryption matters. And soon, on iOS, it will matter even more. While Cook’s remarks were brief, they were determined. “We need to decide as a nation how much power the government should have over our data, and over our privacy,” Cook said before a mixed crowd of journalists and Apple employees.

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CONNECT releases open-source HIE software

Editorial Staff | CMIO | September 8, 2011

For national and local health information exchanges (HIEs) running on the CONNECT platform, there’s a new version 3.2.1. CONNECT that uses Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) standards and governance to make sure that HIEs are compatible with other exchanges being established across the country. Read More »

DirectTrust Reports Strong Growth in Direct Transactions, Number of Direct Exchange Addresses and Users

Press Release | DirectTrust | January 20, 2016

DirectTrust today announced continued record growth in the number of health care organizations using Direct exchange services during 2015, as well as an upsurge in the number of Direct addresses and transactions nationwide. DirectTrust is a non-profit health care industry alliance created by and for participants in the Direct exchange network used for secure, interoperable exchange of personal health information (PHI) between provider organizations, and between provider and patients, for the purpose of improved coordination of care...

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Federal Testing Reveals CONNECT 3.3 Dramatically Improves Code Quality

Staff | The Pulse | August 16, 2012

CONNECT 3.3 was the first major release of the CONNECT software in more than 18 months.  In creating the release, the CONNECT product team worked diligently to deliver a highly-scalable, quality product that could also serve as a viable option for large and small organizations wanting to set up standards-based health information exchange. Read More »

George Mason University to Host Next CONNECT Code-A-Thon!

Nicole Kegler | CONNECT | August 10, 2012

In just one week, we will hold our next Code-A-Thon (August 16-17) on the campus of George Mason University!  In addition to the traditional working group sessions, this event will feature a panel of industry experts and a “living” agenda created through Hackpad. Read More »

Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing

Lucas Mearian | Computerworld | April 15, 2015

Five years ago, only 20% of physicians used electronic medical records (EMRs). Today, 80% use them. Since the enactment of the HITECH Act, which required that EMRs be adopted across all healthcare providers, the federal government has invested more than $28 billion toward their use...

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Healthcare players are actively blocking data sharing

Lucas Mearian | Computerworld | April 15, 2015

Five years ago, only 20% of physicians used electronic medical records (EMRs). Today, 80% use them. Since the enactment of the HITECH Act, which required that EMRs be adopted across all healthcare providers, the federal government has invested more than $28 billion toward their use.

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IDG ComputerWorld Honors CONNECT Program

Press Release | 5AM | March 25, 2013

The Federal Health Architecture (FHA) is pleased to announce that it has been named by IDG's Computerworld Honors Program as a Laureate for its work with the CONNECT program. Read More »

Meaningful Use of EHRs Stage 2: What to Expect in the Proposed Rules

Larry Wolf | Health Affairs Blog | February 23, 2012

There will be many blogs and news reports, on Health Affairs Blog and elsewhere, about the very-soon-to-be-released Stage 2 proposed rules on the Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs). This report is more impressionistic. Read More »

Nationwide HIE Corrals 500 Hospitals, 4,000 Practices

Ken Terry | Information Week | February 9, 2012

More than 500 hospitals and 4,000 physician practices and clinics are participating in the Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) exchange, according to Lauren Thompson, program director of the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) program in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Read More »

New Features Planned for CONNECT 3.3

Greg Turner | CONNECT | January 12, 2012

The new year has arrived, and with the release of the next major version of CONNECT just around the corner in March, the development team is working hard preparing for the roll out of version 3.3. Read More »

ONC & FHA Announce Upcoming CONNECT Code-A-Thon

Kyle Murphy | EHR Intelligence | October 26, 2012

Next month, the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) will host its CONNECT Code-A-Thon at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. The two-day event, beginning Nov. 7 and ending Nov. 8, will bring together information technology and healthcare professionals as well as students who will together on health information exchange (HIE) solutions related to the open source software solution, CONNECT. Read More »

ONC And FHA Area Call For Participants

Press Release | HIMSS, FHA, ONC | November 13, 2012

Is your organization successfully using nationally recognized standards to securely share patient data with other organizations? Demonstrate your successes within the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and Federal Health Architecture (FHA) area in the HIMSS 2012 Interoperability Showcase! Read More »

ONC at OSCON 2012: What Could the Future Bring?

Damon Davis | Health IT Buzz | August 22, 2012

The open source software (OSS) community is full of creative software coders developing amazing computer applications collaboratively. Recently I witnessed the power of their collaborative innovation first hand at the Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, OR. This was the conference’s 12th year…but my first experience. Read More »