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Five months ago, HealthTap launched its public beta to help people share health information based not around symptoms or treatments, but around the individual. This week they've expanded the system by launching iPhone and Android apps. » Read more

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Pharma: Start your engines!

Two Formula 1 McLarens

In a rare but interesting example of pharma's willingness to look outside its own industry for innovation, GlaxoSmithKline is teaming with Formula 1's McLaren Group in effort to learn from the cutting-edge technology of motor racing. » Read more

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Digital disruption in pharmacology

Pharma 3.0

Imagine you could take your prescription pill with a microchip attached. And when ingested, the chip sends wireless signals through your body and transmits not only ingestion information but also your real-time heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, even body angle and sleep status. You can send this information wherever you'd like it to go: your own computer, your doctor's office, your childrens' cell phones. Sounds like a piece of science fiction, right? » Read more

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Open source health IT

open source health IT

Healthcare IT is experiencing a revolution, and open source is driving change across the industry. Fundamental principles underpinning the growth of open source from collaboration and transparency to the community network are rapidly transforming the way we think about about healthcare. » Read more

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Feedback loops are changing health behavior

Feedback loop

The premise of a feedback loop is simple: Give people real-time information about their actions, and they're more likely to change those actions for the better.
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Open health with the quantified self

quantified self

Beyond the walls of our constrained health system, there is a movement that could change the entire context of healthcare.

While the US health system struggles to open patient health data and to allow for better data sharing among providers, the self-tracking movement, known as the "quantified self," could soon make all those efforts for naught. » Read more

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Poll: Open source implantable medical devices

Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the Gnome Foundation, recently gave a talk at OSCON 2011 explaining why free software is critical on implantable medical devices. (Sandler has a defibrillator.) She's wants the FDA to collect and examine the source code used in such devices, and make the code publicly available.

Should people have the right to examine the source code of medical devices implanted in their bodies?

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Open data, apps and the FDA

One June 9th, The Department of Health and Human Services hosted the second Health Data Initiative challenge. The point behind the challenge is to promote and accelerate the use of open data to improve health. As part of the presentation, winning apps, utilizing the public data and conceived and produced by three teams of college students (one of which I use on a daily basis) were showcased. Very cool stuff.
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Healthcare organizations use open source to control costs, increase reliability

The interview below, with Scott Lundstrom, group vice president for IDC Health Insights, first appeared as a video presentation. To help guide healthcare organizations as they consider going forward with open source software, Red Hat, Inc. posed the following questions to Scott.

Q: What healthcare industry trends are removing costs from organizations’ IT infrastructures?
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Open sourcing an outbreak investigation

The Germany-based Escherichia coli outbreak that killed at least 50 people and hospitalized thousands  in May and June of 2011 has been declared officially over. Researchers credit advances in DNA-sequencing technologies and the ability to freely share data and collaborate with groups of researchers around the globe for the rapid analysis of the genome of the offending e. coli variant.
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