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A Doctor Leverages Open Source to Learn How to Code And Improve Medical Care in Africa

Judy Gichoya is a medical doctor from Kenya who became a software developer after joining the open source medical records project, OpenMRS. The open source project creates medical informatics software that helps health professionals collect and present data to improve patient care in developing countries. After seeing how effective the open medical records system was at increasing efficiency and lowering costs for clinics in impoverished areas of Africa, she began hacking on the software herself to help improve it. Then she set up her own implementation in the slums outside Nairobi, and has done the same for dozens of clinics since. This is a classic story of open source contributors, who join in order to scratch an itch. But Gichoya was a doctor, not a programmer. How did she make the leap?

Nurses Launch New Campaign To Alert Public To Dangers Of Medical Technology And More

Press Release | National Nurses United | May 13, 2014

Nurses Launch New Campaign to Alert Public to Dangers of Medical Technology and Erosion of Care Standards

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Nurses' Union Knocks EHRs Hard

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | May 27, 2014

An image on the National Nurses United website highlights the campaign slogan. Launches national campaign to call attention to risks of healthcare IT Read More »