Health

Injecting gaming into healthcare

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, last about a month.

Health behaviorists spend their careers researching ways to keep people better engaged in their health because being your own advocate is the best way to stay healthy. Technology and data may therefore soon become the health behaviorists' best friends.
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Open source food at FOOD 2.0

The Open Source Food panel raised a diverse and complicated array of ideas about what exactly open source is and how it can be applied to food from software, hardware, social, and research perspectives. The conversation began by talking about how large amounts of information about where, who, and how our food is grown, as well as what processes touch it before it even gets to us, are often not available to the average individual. » Read more

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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 in Toronto, Canada. » Read more

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Using open data to improve health with Todd Park, CTO of Health and Human Services (webcast recap)

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.
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Webcast today at 3PM (ET): Todd Park, CTO of Dept of HHS

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 miss what he has to say.
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To Microsoft go the Google Health PHRs. Will you transfer yours?

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 launched three years ago. » Read more

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WEBCAST: HHS technology chief Todd Park talks with opensource.com

Open Your World webcast with Todd Park - July 7 at 3 p.m.

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A few words about Google Health

Google Health was doomed from the start.

It was based on a legal fallacy and a technical one. » Read more

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An open health challenge

There is a treasure trove of high-value health information sitting on health.data.gov just waiting to be put to use. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have been involved in a project designed to free health data from government archive silos and put it into the hands of innovators and entrepreneurs to facilitate growth and development of the healthcare ecosystem. » Read more

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Poll: Trusting health data

Got something to share about health data and trust? Give us a shout in the comments.

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