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Natural disasters, epidemics, terrorism, and uprisings—the world awaits with bated breath for the situation to turn to normalcy for those directly and indirectly affected by these crises. Here are five crises where open source technologists have helped, in some way, to bring stability in these hostile regions. An annoyed user couldn’t fix his printer as the printer’s source code wasn’t available to users. This was the reason that led to the start of the open source movement...
The year is almost over and what a year it has been. Once again I must bemoan the fact that the year of the Linux desktop has still eluded us. That's okay...for now. Why? Because Linux managed to dominate in a world that is far more important than the desktop. Oh, and there's the fact that the desktop is slowly becoming irrelevant to a large portion of the world. More on that later. If I were to consider the most important piece of the Linux and open source 2015 puzzle, I'd have to say it would be its continued dominance in the Enterprise. This is something no one would have predicted ten years ago. But lo and behold, 2015 saw the continued dominance of Linux in the space of space...big business...
Amida Technology Solutions, a Washington, DC-based open source software development company, announced today the seventh release of its Data Reconciliation Engine, “DRE 2.0.” The DRE is an open source platform that collects personal health data from a variety of sources, irrespective of format, and transforms it into an easy-to-use model. The DRE enables business intelligence, predictive analytics, decision support, and care coordination for patients, providers, and insurers...This update puts Amida at the vanguard of the latest standards-based, patient-centered health data interoperability.
DNAnexus, the leader in cloud-based genome informatics and data management, today announced that the company was awarded a research and development contract by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Health Informatics to build precisionFDA, an open source platform for community sharing of genomic information. precisionFDA is a new approach for evaluating bioinformatics workflows, and is an integral part of the agency’s work in understanding diagnostic tests that incorporate next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. FDA’s role under the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative is to review the current regulatory landscape and develop a streamlined approach to evaluating NGS-based diagnostics.
Epic Systems Corp., one of several dominant EHR vendors for large hospitals, recently authorized implementations of its EHR system on Intel x86 servers running open-source Linux, virtualized to VMware. Prior to that, Epic ran exclusively on AIX and UNIX servers.
Click-ON (Clinical Knowledge ON action) is an interoperable and open-source platform for the integrated management of clinical data in cardiology, the result of a collaboration between public and private sectors for more than 18 months, involving IT specialists, clinicians, epidemiologists and computer scientists. The project was carried out by Extra Srl, a Pontedera-based company with branches in Milan, Rende (Cosenza) and London, leader in software solutions development, in collaboration with the Institute of Clinical Physiology of CNR in Pisa, with the support of the Tuscany Region under the call POR Creo FESR 2007-2013.
Amida Technology Solutions, a Maryland-based open source software company, today announced the addition of former Governor Martin J. O’Malley as an Advisor. O’Malley joins distinguished public-sector leaders Michèle Flournoy, General John R. Allen, Sonal Shah, and Scott Gould in guiding Amida in the creation of software and services that will help NGOs, state and local governments, and private companies to solve their most complex data issues. Read More »
MIT Media Lab's 11-day health care hackathon pulled students and big companies together with a common goal: Healing a broken industry. [...] The goal is to jump-start an open source platform where apps that track all different aspects of your bodily health can exchange information. Read More »
As they are winding their terms in office, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden dropped a stink bomb on the health IT industry. Speaking at different events on Friday, January 9th, the President and Vice President both criticized proprietary electronic health record (EHR) vendors as the primary obstacle to the success of their administration’s health care strategy. This is the highest level acknowledgement so far of the serious impact that “lock-in” EHR software vendors are having on America’s medical infrastructure and the ability of physicians to provide medical care.
The southern African country of Mozambique suffers under the most extreme challenges for resource-poor countries: economic instability, political strife, civil unrest, corruption and crime, unreliable infrastructure (such as transportation and telecommunications), and a large-scale HIV epidemic that has yet to be declared under control...The nation has enormous need and opportunity for improving its healthcare system and the lives of its residents. In the face of their crisis, Mozambique is working to equip its medical clinics across the nation with an electronic medical records system (EMR). Mozambique believes an EMR can empower clinicians to give high-quality and consistent care to those most in need, while allowing the country to reap the insights of comprehensive reporting for responsive public health decision making...
DNAnexus has been awarded a research and development contract by the FDA’s Office of Health Informatics to build precisionFDA, an open source platform for community sharing of genomic information. precisionFDA is a new approach for evaluating bioinformatics workflows, and is an integral part of FDA’s work in better understanding diagnostic tests that incorporate next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. As a component of the White House’s Precision Medicine Initiative, precisionFDA’s streamlined approach to evaluating NGS-based diagnostics and creation of reference datasets will build a community around best-practices resources and democratize the submission process to the FDA.
Leeds City Council and Ripple have chosen Lockheed Martin to help deliver aspects of the open source IT development to build an integrated digital care record platform. Ripple has a vision to create an open source health and care platform that allows frontline staff access to the most up to date and joined up care information about an individual – driving better and safer care.
For the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a non-profit dedicated to citizen sourced pollution monitoring, the Ushahidi platform for crowdsourced reporting and mapping was a natural choice for their already impressive toolset. Read More »