Robert M. Cothren

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HIMSS19: Open Source Software for Disaster Preparedness and Response [Updated 2/14]

Although not officially listed as a track at the HIMSS19 conference, there are a series of very important presentations on the use of open source software for disaster preparedness and response. This is a critical topic that we have covered extensively in Open Health News. As we detailed in this article, there was a major failure in being able to provide victims of Hurricane Harvey, as well as Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria with access to their medical records. Few emergency medical responders could access their records either. The two success stories that came out of the hurricanes were two open source electronic health record (EHR) systems, OpenEMR and the VA's open source VistA EHR.

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Open Health Guide to HIMSS19 [Updated 2/15]

The annual gargantuan HIMSS conference is back in Orlando with over 45,000 participants from more than 90 countries. There will be more than 1,300 vendors at the exhibit floor and more than 300 educational sessions. As with the last several conferences, the focus on open source as the key underlying technologies of health information technologies continues to increase. In previous conferences, we have seen the rise of open source technologies, in particular, those related to interoperability such as FHIR and Blockchain. A large number of sessions at HIMSS19 will be focused on another set of technologies powered largely by open source software and design principles such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and natural language processing.

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RedWood MedNet and CaHIE to Host Major Open Health Information Exchange (HIE) Conference

Leaders of major open source projects in healthcare and the open health HIE community are gathering for the annual Redwood MedNet Conference in Santa Rosa, CA next Thursday and Friday, July 24-25. While the focus of this conference is the growing open source HIE movement in California, the conference will feature successful open HIE implementations from around the world, including the extraordinary OpenHIE effort in Rwanda, and critical lessons for any HIE and health information organizations (HIOs) that want to develop cost-effective and successful interoperable solutions. Read More »

Redwood MedNet Conference 2014

Event Details
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
July 24, 2014 - 5:00pm - July 25, 2014 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel And Spa Santa Rosa, CA
United States

Connecting California to Improve Patient Care is an annual conference on electronic health information exchange and interoperability.  Presenters will explain practical solutions for securely sharing electronic clinical information between separate health care facilities. Presentations address the status of health information exchange services in California, national standards for clinical data interoperability, innovations in patient safety, and emerging tools for physician and patient engagement.

California Connects Interoperability Exhibition, hosted concurrently as part of the Redwood MedNet Conference, will feature practical demonstrations on interoperability.  Ten kiosks will show the secure exchange of electronic health data, including patient engagement with the care team, in a hands on manner that allows one on one interaction with the kiosk presenters. The kiosks are co-sponsored by Redwood MedNet and California Association of Health Information Exchanges (CAHIE).

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Connecting California to Improve Patient Care in 2015

Event Details
Type: 
Conference
Date: 
July 30, 2015 - 4:00pm - July 31, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: 
HYATT VINEYARD CREEK HOTEL AND SPA Santa Rosa, CA
United States

Connecting California to Improve Patient Care is an annual conference featuring presentations on electronic health records (EHR) and on the use of national technology standards to establish interoperability for electronic patient healthcare data. Conference presenters will explain practical solutions for securely sharing electronic clinical information between computer systems at unaffiliated health care facilities, such as outpatient practices, hospitals, laboratories, imaging centers, long term care, home health, public health, payers, patient engagement portals and mobile apps. Conference attendees will learn about best practices in health informatics. Speakers will discuss the current status of health information technology in California, national software road maps for data standards, interoperability, patient safety, and emerging tools and opportunities for physician and patient engagement. Read More »