Major Upcoming Open Source & Health IT Conferences – October 2013

There are a number of major upcoming conferences and events related to Open Source & Health Information Technology (HIT) our readers at Open Health News (OHNews) might want to follow or attend over this next month. For example:

Open World Forum 2013
The Open World Forum is back for the sixth time. The Open World Forum is the first European summit to gather political representatives, decision-makers and experts to debate the technological, economic and social impacts that the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) solutions and technologies bring to the market. More than 3,000 attendees are expected for this year's Edition.

Global Vision Forum: Dr. Kespechara & Hospital OS in Thailand
Dr. Kongkiat Kespechara, Ashoka fellow, is the inaugural speaker for the Research Triangle Park's Global Vision Forum. An MD, software developer, healthcare IT visionary and agricultural pioneer, Dr. Kespechara uses Hospital OS, an open source software platform to enable small, rural hospitals around the world to provide improved health care services and make more effective use of the severely limited financial and human resources at their disposal. At present, 90 hospitals, 325 clinics around Thailand are using Hospital OS daily.

2013 OpenMRS Implementers Meeting
This meeting provides an opportunity for developers to collaborate and improve their technical skills in OpenMRS, implementers to share their best practices from implementations, and users to propose and prioritize their top features in future releases of the software. The 2013 Implementers Meeting may also include visits to OpenMRS implementation sites along with a discussion afterward for participants to share their experience and suggestions.

Open Source Hospital Information Systems Development Workshop
The Open Source Hospital Information Systems Development Workshop will be held October 21-25, 2013, at the United Nations (UN) University International Institute for Global Health. The 5-day programme will consist of lectures, intensive discussion sessions, hands-on programming session and site visits. The main purpose of the workshop is to equip healthcare professionals working in a hospital information system environment with a fundamental knowledge of the concepts and components of open source hospital information systems.

The Open Group London 2013 Conference
Transforming an organization is about fundamental change in the way a business operates.  The Open Group supports business transformation goals by working with suppliers and end-users to establish open, vendor-neutral IT standards that can be used in a cross-section of industries.

Open Access Week 2013
Open Access Week 2013 is a global event, now in its 6th year. The goal is to help promote Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research around the world. Open access  to information  involves the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need. It has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

LinuxCon Europe 2013
LinuxCon Europe is the place to learn from the best and the brightest, delivering content from the leading maintainers, developers and project leads in the Linux community and from around the world. There's simply no other event in Europe where developers, sys admins, architects and all types and levels of technical talent gather together under one roof for education, collaboration and problem-solving to further the Linux platform. 

Open Source Developers Conference 2013
The Australasian Open Source Developers Conference (OSDC) is one of the top conferences for developers in Asia Pacific. It’s primarily focused on development with open source tools and development of open source software, and is now in its 10th year. For the first time, the conference is will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

VistA Expo & Symposium 2013
The VISTA Expo & Symposium is an annual conference that provides a unique opportunity for VistA thought leaders, decision-makers, vendors, adopters and end-users to meet in a professional conference environment. The four-day program features daily keynote addresses on major VistA topics, and a range of panels, presentations and roundtable discussions. In addition, VISTA Expo is sponsoring a full slate of pre-conference VistA Academy training classes.

2013 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute
The 2013 OPEN MINDS Technology and Informatics Institute is designed to provide an inside look at the ground-breaking technologies that will influence the health care market in the years to come. By gathering together the industry’s greatest technological innovators, a team of expert faculty, and the country’s top health and human service executives, this institute will not only provide you with a glimpse at the future, but also a strategic roadmap for success along the way.

AHIMA Convention & Exhibition 2013
The 85th American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Convention and Exhibit will draw health information management (HIM) thought leaders and professionals and healthcare executives from all areas of health informatics and information management for a weeklong focus on the global transformation of HIM technology and solutions.

Games For Health Europe 2013
Games for Health reached Europe in 2011. The non-profit Games for Health Europe is the official sister conference of the Games for Health project in the U.S.  Their goal is to help bring serious gaming and healthcare together in order to contribute to more advanced healthcare across Europe.

Open Access & Research Conference 2013
The adoption of national 'open access' mandates reflects a common concern for delivering more efficient and broad-reaching research communication systems - a transition fundamentally underpinned by issues of access and dissemination. This year's theme Discovery, Impact and Innovation focuses on this transition.

For more information on major Open Source & Health IT Conferences, Summits, and Events over the coming year, check out the Open Health News (OHN) Calendar of Events.