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Microsoft Eyes Hybrid Open Source Approach to Public Sector Work

Neil Merrett | Government Computing | October 24, 2016

Microsoft is increasingly looking at a hybrid approach that takes advantage of both proprietary enterprise IT and open source technologies for public sector projects to better meet the needs of customers in a multi-platform technology environment. Michael Wignall, national technology officer at Microsoft UK, said that despite being a company long associated with proprietary software and technology changing user needs had facilitated a switch towards providing solutions that offer at least some open source components in the area of Android devices and other platforms...

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NASA Opens Research to Public: Why That’s a Big Deal

Weston Williams | The Christian Science Monitor | August 22, 2016

It has been a good week for science and space enthusiasts. NASA announced last Tuesday that they would be releasing hundreds of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles on NASA-funded research projects online. The articles are entirely free to access for any member of the public. The new service is a big deal for the space agency, which has been gathering scientific information on a huge variety of topics since it was established in 1958...

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Nature Journal on the Need for Clinical-Trial Data Sharing Regulations

Editorial | Nature | May 17, 2016

Governments need to tighten regulation if the sharing of clinical-trial data is to succeed. Clinical science has a compatibility problem. Although there are set protocols to test medicines and to treat patients, no such standards exist to compare clinical-trial data. The problem arises because each research group has a preferred method of collecting and categorizing results. Differences can be as great as omitting or including the gender and ethnicity of patients enrolled, or as mundane as the vocabulary used in medical records...

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New Film ‘SWINE' Exposes the Secret Life of Factory Farms and the Rise in Antibiotic Resistance in Farmed Animals

Staff Writer | Ecologist | July 8, 2016

Today (Friday, 8th July) the charity Viva! will debut its new short thriller/documentary, film SWINE which exposes the dirty secrets of factory farming in UK - including the growing health risks to humans from MRSA Superbugs. This short but alarming film exposes the impending crisis of antibiotic resistance developing in UK factory farms and more broadly highlights the failings of the industrialised meat industry...

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New US Digital Service Looks to Avoid IT Catastrophes

Alex Howard | TechPresident | August 13, 2014

The second initiative went live on Monday, when the White House formally launched a United States Digital Service (USDS) and published an open source Digital Services Playbook and a “TechFAR,” a part of the guide that “highlights the flexibilities in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that can help agencies implement ‘plays’ from the Digital Services Playbook.” Read More »

NHS & VHA: Transatlantic Exchange of Ideas and 'Lessons Learned' on Adoption of Health IT Solutions

Britain's 2020Health.Org has just released a major report outlining how the United Kingdom can transform its healthcare system by enhancing its existing collaboration effort with the U.S. Veteran's Health Administration (VHA) and by sharing technology, knowledge and lessons learned on the effective use of Telehealth, PHR, and EHR systems. Entitled "Making connections - A transatlantic exchange to support the adoption of digital health between the US VHA and England’s NHS", the report lays out step by step how Britain's National Health Service (NHS) can create a digital revolution that can significantly enhance its ability to provide health care. Read More »

NHS England to fund NHS VistA projects

John Hoeksma | eHealth Insider (EHI) | July 1, 2013

NHS England will spend some of the £260m Technology Fund on further exploring the creation of an NHS version of the US Veterans Health Association’s open source electronic medical record, VistA.  eHI revealed last week that senior figures from NHS England have visited the US to see VistA in action. Read More »

ONC's 3rd Interoperability Forum: Not Much to Report

On August 21 and 22, 2019 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) held its third Interoperability Forum in Washington, DC. More than 600 individuals participated in person with many others viewing the general sessions via webinar. The conference began and ended with half-day plenary sessions while providing five tracks with smaller sessions in between. I attended the Health Information Exchange (HIE)/Community-based Information Exchange (CIE) breakout session on both days. The plenaries...focused on the current state and the future state of interoperability.

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Online-only Pharmacies That Don't Require Prescriptions Could Fuel Antibiotic Resistance

Press Release | Imperial College London | February 16, 2017

The researchers from Imperial College London analysed 20 pharmacies that were available for UK citizens to access online. This is one of the few studies to have examined the online availability of antibiotics and to have explored the potential effects on public health. The research is published in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Antibiotics are classed as prescription only medicines in the UK, meaning they cannot legally be sold to consumers without a valid prescription...

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Open Access Is Spreading—But Is It Really Open Access?

Glyn Moody | TechDirt | December 19, 2011

The latest big boost to open access has come from in UK government's "Innovation and research strategy for growth" (pdf), which says: Read More »

Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review

Giancarlo F. Frosio | CREATe | January 1, 2014

Within the context of the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe) research scope, this literature review investigates the current trends, advantages, disadvantages, problems and solutions, opportunities and barriers in Open Access Publishing (OAP), and in particular Open Access (OA) academic publishing. Read More »

Open Access: Brought To Book At Last?

Paul Jump | Times Higher Education | July 18, 2013

A library-focused effort aims to take monographs off the analogue shelf Read More »

Open Clinical Anatomy Course: Is This the Future of Medical Education?

Natalie Lafferty | E-LIME | January 16, 2012

Stanford University will be running an open course on Clinical Anatomy as part of it’s growing offering of open educational courses. The first clinical anatomy course will focus on the upper limb and kicks off on the 5th March with more courses being planned including one on the anatomy of the head and neck. Read More »

Open Data Institute Forges Stronger Connections Between Data Innovators and UK Government

Speaking at the Open Data Institute's (ODI) third annual Summit, British Minister Matt Hancock said the ODI will help bring the voice and views of businesses and innovators working across the data spectrum to the Government's Cabinet Office, and spread awareness of data innovation across government. He said: "As a data-driven government, we want to engage with the UK’s data economy. So from today, I’ve asked the ODI to help us connect with the businesses, start-ups and innovators progressing this field. Those who are at the leading edge, not just in open data but across the whole data spectrum."

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Open Eyes And Raspberry Pis

Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | March 26, 2014

An open source electronic patient record system developed at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be deployed across 40 sites in developing Commonwealth countries.  Part of the project involves developing the EPR to run on the low cost Raspberry Pi computers and mobile devices.

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