On September 4 - 6 the open source electronic health records community came together at the 2nd annual OSEHRA Summit and workshop, in Bethesda, Maryland. Day 1: tutorials on a variety of topics Day 2: high-level presentations from members of the community with unique vantage points in the community
How the economics of open source make sense for large scale, national healthcare infrastructure projects. A recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, examined "the use of open source electronic health records within the federal safety net."
A great deal of excitement is in the air, anticipating OSCON 2012. At the healthcare track, this year we will be sharing the latest news and upcoming plans for OSEHRA, the Open Source Electronic Health Records Agent. This young organization was set up last year by the US Department of Veterans... Read more
We need to "measure what matters" as the saying goes. As we move to new payment models, we'll need to develop platforms that are designed to measure and learn from a wide array of data points about what works in keeping people healthy. Of course, we'll need health care architectures that can... Read more
This year has seen a good deal of discussion about the escalating costs of healthcare and shrinking access to it. Most of the discussion has centered around how to fix the problems with a series of buzzwords entering our lexicon, ACO, patient-centered health, EHR-EMR-HIT interoperability, and pay-... Read more
What a difference three years makes. It seems quaint now that in the 2008 NEJM there were concerns raised about the flow of health information onto the web. Back then there was but a faint trickle of what could be entered, mostly by hand, and accessed on the web. Before HITECH and health care... Read more
Since the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is doing the brave work of open sourcing VistA, we felt we owed it to them to practice the open source way in our response to their draft request for proposals (RFP).
The VA has released a draft RFP to create a new open source project around their electronic health record system, VistA. This is a landmark event for both the VA and the open source community. The need for cheap and robust EHR systems is clear, and the VA has one of the leading platforms.... Read more
Todd Park, CTO of the US Department of Health and Human Services, joined an enthusiastic audience at SXSW to talk about the power of open data and innovation to improve health. His role is not to run technology for HHS, but he serves an an entrepreneur in resident to start "virtual startups" within... Read more