Health

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Open source health IT

open source health IT
Healthcare IT is experiencing a revolution, and open source is driving change across the industry. Fundamental principles underpinning the growth of...Read more

Feedback loops are changing health behavior

Feedback loop
The premise of a feedback loop is simple: Give people real-time information about their actions, and they're more likely to change those actions for...Read more

Open health with the quantified self

quantified self
Beyond the walls of our constrained health system, there is a movement that could change the entire context of healthcare. While the US health system...Read more

Poll: Open source implantable medical devices

Karen Sandler , Executive Director of the Gnome Foundation, recently gave a talk at OSCON 2011 explaining why free software is critical on...Read more

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 code publicly available. Should people have the right to examine the source code of medical devices implanted in their bodies?Read more

Open data, apps and the FDA

One June 9th, The Department of Health and Human Services hosted the second Health Data Initiative challenge. The point behind the challenge is to...Read more

Healthcare organizations use open source to control costs, increase reliability

The interview below, with Scott Lundstrom, group vice president for IDC Health Insights, first appeared as a video presentation. To help guide...Read more

Open sourcing an outbreak investigation

The Germany-based Escherichia coli outbreak that killed at least 50 people and hospitalized thousands in May and June of 2011 has been declared...Read more