Open source biology

Could patent restrictions in biotech be compromising millions' health, safety, and standards of living when we should be benefiting from new diagnostic tests or improved medicines? » Read more

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Collaboration holds greatest potential for health innovation

Many of us, at some point in our lives, have had to deal with a variety of different healthcare professionals for an episode of care. Perhaps your primary physician has referred you to a specialist, or the ER doctor required you to see your primary physician for follow-up, or you've been admitted to the hospital from the ER.

When going from one healthcare provider to another, a patient’s health information—including the symptoms, test results, diagnosis, treatment plans, medications, allergies—can often be lacking, missing, contradictory, or just confusing.
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Is the future of Pharma open source?

What do you do when the profitable market for a drug is small, but the medical need is huge?

You open source it. » Read more

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Can collaboration heal rising medical costs?

Medical costs are rising dramatically. Few consumers would dispute that.

The U.S. government spent more than $2.3 trillion on healthcare in 2008, more than three times the $714 billion spent in 1990, and over eight times the $253 billion spent in 1980—all according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. » Read more


Will displaying calorie counts on menus make us healthier?

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, national chain restaurants, bakeries, grocery stories, convenience stores, and even vending machines will soon be required by law to display calorie counts on all standard menu items.  

It's all part of an effort to fight obesity, and that's a step toward disease prevention.
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Poll: calorie labeling on your menus

Tell us why you voted the way you did on calorie labeling on menus.


Is Google Health on its deathbed? Privacy and the personal health record

Google Health is approaching its second birthday, and according to some, also near death. I can't help but speculate that if it is indeed shuffling off the digital coil, that its demise has something to do with a general unwillingness to hand over such sensitive information to a company that already knows so much about us as individuals. » Read more


Increasing nutritional transparency--The FDA wants your input

If you are what you eat, do you have any idea what you are? In an increasing push for nutrition transparency, you'll soon at least know how many calories you're taking in, whether you want to or not. » Read more


What does your healthcare really cost you?

Imagine heading to your local grocery store to pick up some things for dinner. As you head down the aisles, you notice there are no prices listed. On anything. You continue to gather your items and head for the checkout stand. You don't know what your grocery bill total or even what the individual items cost. Neither does the cashier. He simply tells you that "you'll get a bill in the mail." » Read more


A truly open VistA

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.

VistA’s a challenge, though. The community is notoriously fragmented as a result of » Read more