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Open source ideals at HIMSS12

HIMSS open source

A not-so-intimate group of healthcare IT professionals (a record-setting 37,032 attendees) gathered February 20 at the 2012 HIMSS conference in Las Vegas. They kicked off a week of talks, discussions and collaboration sessions addressing ways to tackle the challenges in the healthcare IT industry.

Silos and proprietary systems have long prevailed in healthcare IT--encompassing everything from patient data to labs and medication management systems. » Read more

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Breaking boundaries with collaboration

Google the word collaboration and you'll find websites that want to sell you collaboration tools, blogs that describe best practices for facilitating collaboration, and self-help sites that want to teach you better collaboration skills.
 
You'll read over and over again that best practices prescribe bringing together individuals with varied backgrounds. But what you probably won't read is exactly how to bring together rivals or antagonists skillfully. You may be able to find examples or debriefs of this type of collaboration--with some very interesting outcomes. » Read more

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Can we use collaboration to solve government's big problems?

Aneesh Chopra, the White House's chief technology officer, was at HIMMS last week talking about government as a platform for innovation. He referenced the open and transparent process that led to the Direct Project, which saw dozens of vendors, some of them competitors, working together with the ONC to establish a secure way to send health information as a possible template for bringing together stakeholders to create innovation. » Read more

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Bringing information sharing to healthcare

Sharing health information like diagnoses, lab tests, or prescriptions easily and securely has been a huge challenge for doctors, hospitals, and patients. In fact, many in the healthcare industry still exchange information by mail or fax.

The Direct Project works to bring healthcare into the computer age, improving patient care and curbing costs by helping people share information more effectively. » Read more

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