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15 Blockchain Whitepapers Awarded Winners of US Department of Health and Human Services Challenge

Luke Parker | Brave New Coin | August 30, 2016

A challenge held by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  to encourage Blockchain use in the Health Information Technology field resulted in 15 winning whitepapers. The Department’s Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) first announced the “Use of Blockchain in Health IT and Health-Related Research” challenge in July...

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3-D Printing a Better Prosthetic

Jessa Gamble | Nextgov | July 31, 2016

In 1981, Ian Gregson popped into the prosthetics shop in a Vancouver hospital to buy a new leg. The shopkeeper took various measurements, then made a plaster cast of the amputee’s residual limb to craft an attachment. Prosthetic limbs, particularly the sockets that hold them on, must be carefully fitted to an amputee. Now, a stunt man in the film industry and a two-time competitor at the Paralympic Games, for shot put and discus throw, Gregson describes his current socket-maker as an artist, a master who passes his skills on to a few select protégés...

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4 Ways Blockchain Is the New Business Collaboration Tool

Lucas Mearian | Computer World | May 23, 2017

While blockchain may have cut its teeth on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, the distributed electronic ledger technology is quickly making inroads across a variety of industries. That's mainly because of its innate security and its potential for improving systems  operations all while reducing costs and creating new revenue streams. This year, blockchain technology is expected to become a key business focus for many industries, according to a Deloitte survey conducted late last year...

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Blockchain's Potential Use Cases for Healthcare: Hype or Reality?

Mike Miliard | Healthcare IT News | February 22, 2017

At HIMSS17 on Wednesday, IEEE Computer Society and the Personal Connected Health Alliance hosted a day-long event focused on the potentially transformative promise of an intriguing innovation: Blockchain. Kicking off the symposium, "Blockchain in Healthcare: A Rock Stars of Technology Event," Tamara StClaire, previous chief innovation officer at Conduent Health (formerly known as Xerox Healthcare), made the case that the bitcoin-derived secure digital ledger technology could just maybe offer the answer to an array of vexing healthcare challenges – not least of which is interoperability...

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Clinician, researcher, and patients working together: progress aired at Indivo conference

Andy Oram | O'Reilly Radar | June 21, 2012

I spent Monday in a small library at the Harvard Medical School listening to a discussion of the Indivo patient health record and related open source projects with about 80 intensely committed followers. Lead Indivo architect Daniel Haas, whom I interviewed a year ago, succeeded in getting the historical 2.0 release of Indivo out on the day of the conference. Read More »

Coming Next: Using an App as Prescribed

Joshua Brustein | New York Times | August 19, 2012

Before long, your doctor may be telling you to download two apps and call her in the morning. Smartphone apps already fill the roles of television remotes, bike speedometers and flashlights. Soon they may also act as medical devices, helping patients monitor their heart rate or manage their diabetes, and be paid for by insurance.

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MIT Builds An Open-Source Platform For Your Body

Linda Tischler | Fast Company | February 5, 2013

MIT Media Lab's 11-day health care hackathon pulled students and big companies together with a common goal: Healing a broken industry.  [...] The goal is to jump-start an open source platform where apps that track all different aspects of your bodily health can exchange information. Read More »

MIT Hackathon Tackles HIV, CHF, Parkinson’s With Open-Source Technology

Neil Versel | MobiHealthNews | February 13, 2013

It seems counterintuitive for those who proudly wear the “hacker” label to seek ways to work with established industry players rather than being disruptive in a healthcare sector badly in need of radical change, but that was what happened at Health and Wellness Innovation 2013, the recently concluded 11-day event better known as MIT Media Lab’s Health and Wellness Hackathon. Read More »

New Open Source Program Director Supports Students' Passions at the Rochester Institute of Technology

The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is well-known for its work in open source software through [email protected] In April 2014, RIT started to offer a minor in free and open source software. Students work on several different open source projects in their GitHub organization. One of the courses in the minor, Humanitarian Free and Open Source Software Development, has students work with the One Laptop per Child XO laptops. Students create games that help teach New York and Massachusetts fourth grade math curriculum. Dan Schneiderman is the new head of the [email protected] program at RIT...

Power Glove Makes Music With The Wave Of A Hand

Kristen French | Popular Mechanics | April 11, 2014

Backed by singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, the Mi.Mu gloves allow the wearer to manipulate sound in almost limitless ways.

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