COSI 'Open' Health

Open Source & QR Codes in Healthcare

QR Codes have been around for a while, but are just now really starting to take hold in healthcare. This is just one more short blog about this technology and its potential uses. Read More »

The Open Source Commandments from the Tech Broiler Blog

This is a blog about a blog, which may seem a bit strange. However, the subject fits the season, so....

I recommend you read the latest Tech Broiler Blog on ZDNet from Jason Perlow & Scott Raymond providing suggestions for Open Source Commandments that future generations of technologists and technology companies wishing to pursue open source community activities might want to follow. Read More »

Let's all start examining & using available 'Open Data' sources

'Big Data' or 'Open Data' is garnering a lot of attention lately. This is a short followup to a previous blog entitled "Open Data & Healthcare" published last month.

The Office of Women's Health in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has provided access to the Women's Health Assessment Toolkit (WHAT) and associated 'open' database on their web site at http://www.healthstatus2020.com/owh/what/OWH_FIPS__search.asp

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'Open Data' & Healthcare

Even as the Open Data and Open Access movements gain momentum, there are still many organizations fighting to reverse the process, e.g. for-profit publishing houses and certain not-for-profit education and research organizations that depend on fees charged to access the data to fund their operations. 

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Growing Examples of 'Open Access' in Healthcare

Open Access can be defined as the practice of providing unrestricted access to journal articles, books, and other literature via the Internet. These materials are generally made available to researchers and other readers at no cost, free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

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Observations on 'Open Access', Health Industry Reports, & 2012 Predictions

I always look forward to the summary of findings in the latest research reports about Health IT systems from Gartner, Forrester, Chilmark, and others. They do great work, but I have to be satisfied with the summaries because I just can't afford to buy the complete reports for $3000-$5000. Like so many individuals and organizations around the world, I have to rely on the release of free and 'open access' reports. Links to examples of these can be found on Open Health News (OHN).

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'Open Access' & Health Information

For a long time, the 'Open Access' movement has primarily campaigned for free and unrestricted access to scholarly information and research articles via the Internet. However, as the movement has continued to spread and pick up momentum, it has shifted its focus to also now include books, monographs, and other media.

Instead of publishers using copyright to restrict access and use of information, new open access licenses now allow authors to retain ownership of their works and grant the public the right to access and creatively reuse their works. New licences, such as those developed by Creative Commons, are now used by many open access publishers like the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and BioMed Central (BMC).

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Are Open Source Mega-Companies on the Horizon?

Senior executives and investors, pay attention. Hundreds of major open source companies have been established and are now succeeding in the 'Open Source' & 'Open Health' marketplace.  Think Red Hat, Clear Health, KitWare, MedSphere, Black Duck, Mirth, Alfresco, Canonical, Open Dental, Indivica, and many more. Read More »

Open Health News Most Popular 'Open' Health IT Systems in 2011

Check out the most popular 'open source' or 'public domain' Health IT systems listed under the Resources Section on Open Health News (OHN), according to our readers. They are ranked by the number of people viewing the software product during 2011, starting with the most visited ones.

Ranking #1-10
VistA    [VA VistA, OpenVistA, vxVistA, WorldVistA, OSEHRA, etc.]
OSCAR
Kitware    [ITK, VTK, Paraview, etc.]
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Most Popular Open Health News (OHN) Blogs in 2011

Check out the most popular Blogs on Open Health News (OHN) in 2011. They are ranked by number of people reading the blog, starting with the most read ones.

Ranking #1-10