Should people have the right to examine the source code of medical devices implanted in their bodies?
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
Every January I struggle to get a childcare reservation in the gym. By early February it becomes easier and by March 1 its no problem. Anecdotally, I know New Year's resolutions for fitness plans are short- lived. But research too suggests that most wellness plans, such as dieting and fitness,... Read more
Thinking globally, acting locally in the wake of the 2011 Association of Ontario Health Centres Conference
Passionate people from around the world gathered for one purpose: to facilitate the engagement of egalitarian, community-governed healthcare. This international conference, entitled "Acting Today, Shaping Tomorrow", was sponsored by the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) on June 9 and 10... Read more
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Todd Park joined us on July 7 to talk about the power of open data for improving health. His position with HHS was created by the Obama administration as a change agent. And he's taking that role seriously.
Today, July 7 at 3:00pm ET, opensource.com will host a live webcast with Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer of the US Department of Health and Human Services. It's not too late to join the conversation. Register now Todd’s talking about opening up reams of government data to improve health. Don't... Read more
Condolences to Google on the death of Google Health. But kudos to them for offering portability of the PHRs stored there, even if you don't like the offered destination--Microsoft HealthVault. That's a big win for people who have been storing their personal health records with Google since Health... Read more
Open Your World webcast with Todd Park - July 7 at 3 p.m. Register now