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Open Letter to Chuck Hagel: DoD still doesn’t know what the hell they are doing

...I fear that you are paving a road to a hellish destination.  Rather than lifting up the VA eligibility problem to a shiny new common information system, you are on the verge of dragging health IT into the same bureaucratic vortex that has already done so much damage in the past.  AHLTA was declared “intolerable” in a Congressional hearing 4 years ago.... Read More »

Open Source Can Bring UK's NHS IT Back To The Future

Malcolm Senior | Government Computing | March 20, 2015

One year on from announcing that Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust had signed a contract with an option to implement the UK's first open source electronic patient record (EPR), Malcolm Senior, the trust's director of informatics, discusses the prospects of open source in the NHS Read More »

Open Source in Government IT: It Is About Savings but That's Not the Whole Story

Tina Amirtha | ZD Net | November 17, 2016

The US government spends about $6bn per year on software licenses and maintenance, according to the Office of Management and Budget. Given the scale of that spending, it's understandable that the US, like other administrations around the world, is considering open-source software and open software standards as a way of saving money. But more than just seeing the move to open source as a cost-effective alternative, public officials worldwide view it as a means of speeding up innovation in the public sector...

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Open Source In The NHS: With Choice Comes Responsibility

Malcolm Senior | ComputerWeekly.com | August 18, 2014

At Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust we are taking advantage of the open-source approach, strongly advocated in tech fund two.  This is essentially around deploying an electronic patient record (EPR) – a system that the industry has talked about for many years. But implementations across the NHS have been slow in terms of delivering the highly-anticipated clinical benefits, in addition to nearing a paper-lite or paperless environment. Read More »

Open Source NHS Spine Communications Hub Saves UK NHS £20m in First Year

Lis Evenstad | ComputerWeekly.com | September 3, 2015

The NHS Spine – the health service's communications hub that connects key IT services – has saved more than £20m in its first year, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). One year after the upgrade of the infrastructure behind the NHS Spine platform, the running costs of the system – which is used in all NHS organisations and handles up to 1,800 electronic transactions per second – have been cut by £21m compared to the previous version.

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Open Source Push in the UK 'Could Save Taxpayer Millions'

Matthew Sparkes | The Telegraph | January 30, 2014

The [UK] Government is investigating how open source software could be adopted to save tens of millions of pounds a year and make communication between departments easier.  Since 2010 government departments have spent £200m on Microsoft Office alone, claimed Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in a speech yesterday.

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Open Source Software Foundation Implements suiteCRM to Support Code4Health

Press Release | Open Source Software Foundation | October 15, 2015

NHS finances are under intense pressure and demand for services is rising. Something has to give and business as usual is not an option. NHS England recognised this when it supported the establishment of Code4Health, an initiative that stimulates and supports IT innovation in healthcare. One of outcomes of the initiative was to establish an open source (OS) practice, reaching out to an increasing number of open source projects, providing software suitable for use across UK health and care. Read More »

Open Source To Be Big Tech Fund 2 Winner (UK)

Jon Hoeksma | eHealth Insider | January 25, 2015

Open source projects will likely be the stand-out winners of NHS England’s tech fund 2 awards, EHI News has learned. Projects based on use of open source clinical software are expected to be largely spared the axe that has been wielded on other projects, after an estimated £90 million was slashed from the £240 million Integrated Digital Care Technology Fund according to EHI News sources.

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openEHR: A Game Changer Comes of Age

I’ve been watching openEHR over more than fifteen years and have always been impressed by its potential to enable us to do things differently, but it’s been a slow burn, with limited take up, particularly in the United Kingdom (UK) where it was invented. However, recent developments mean that I think this is about to change and that openEHR is going to take off in a big way which is going to revolutionize how we think about and do digital health and increase the speed at which we can do it by at least two orders of magnitude. Why do I say this and what evidence is there to support my assertion?

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OSEHRA 2016 Summit to Address Global Open Health IT Issues as well as the Future of VistA, eHMP and the VA's Veteran's Centric Strategy

The 2016 OSEHRA Summit to be held June 27-29 is sixty days away, and we are very excited about the way it has come together...We will open the Summit on Monday afternoon with the Global Open Health Informatics Workshop. There we will hear about the progress of many programs, including those in India, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Slovenia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This workshop will also address technical issues supporting the global deployment of open source EHRs.

Over 60% Of Breads Sold In The UK Contain Pesticide Residues, Tests Show

Damian Carrington | The Guardian | July 17, 2014

Two in every three loaves of bread sold in the UK contain pesticide residues, according to a new analysis of government data by environmental campaigners. Tests on hundreds of loaves also showed that 25% contained residues of more than one pesticide...

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Peer Learning Helps Tanzania Reach New Ground with Open Data

When we introduced Tanzanian open data officials to their UK counterparts they shared home truths about problems, gaining new perspective and inspiration to engage users, communicate more and seek support from those who can help. Learning from peers is essential to building momentum behind new open data programmes. As part of our work with the Tanzanian government we were delighted to facilitate their meeting with key figures from government, NGOs, businesses, NGOs and startups in the UK, during a London Study Tour...

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Pharma and Tech Giants Team Up to Design Devices That Can Hack Your Body’s Electrical Signals

Akshat Rathi | Nextgov | August 1, 2016

Electrical signals from the brain govern much of what goes on in the human body. Pharma and tech giants are spending big money to figure out how to hack these signals, a burgeoning field known as “bioelectronics.” GlaxoSmithKline and Verily Life Sciences, an Alphabet subsidiary, are investing more than $700 million over seven years to create a new company, Galvani Bioelectronics. The firm, 55 percent owned by GSK, will have one lab in Stevenage, U.K., and another in San Francisco...

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Pharmaceutical Giant 'Plotted to Destroy Cancer Drugs to Drive Price Up 4,000%

Katie Forster | Independent | April 15, 2017

Leaked internal emails appear to show employees at one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies calling for “celebration” over price hikes of cancer drugs, an investigation has revealed. Staff at Aspen Pharmacare reportedly plotted to destroy stocks of life-saving medicines during a price dispute with the Spanish health service in 2014. After purchasing five different cancer drugs from British firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company tried to sell the medicines in Europe for up to 40 times their previous price, reported The Times...

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Public sector in U.K. embracing open source

Daniel Robinson, Rosalie Marshall | V3.Co.UK | September 25, 2012

The [UK's] public sector is finally beginning to understand the security arguments for using open source software, according to experts participating in V3's Security Summit.

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