OHNews Sails Past the 16,000 Unique Visitor Mark

A quick note to our readers. I have been meaning to provide an update on the status of our web site for some time. It has been well under a years since Peter Groen and I launche the web site and the number of visitors have exceeded all our expectations. We through we'd be lucky if we had 10,000 by December. Yet we ended the year with nearly 13,000 unique visitors. I was going to write about that and then it got busy and now we are up to 16,550. Wow!

To us this shows that there is huge interest in open health solutions. We are not the only ones, as I reported in this article, HIMSS has partnered with the Collaborative Health Consortium for a special full-day eCollaboration Forum during the upcoming HIMSS12 conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those of us that have been working on open health for some time, this is a near incredible event. For the past decade HIMSS has been one of the staunchest opponents of open source in healthcare IT. For HIMSS to take this step can only means that even the HIMSS leadership has realized that open solutions are the future for the healthcare industry. We welcome their change of heart.

And the increasing number of visitors to our site is also evidence of this shift. For those who like numbers: we are averaging 5,000 visitors per month, between 150 and 300 per day; we have had a total of 807,000 pageviews; and a total of 2.1 million hits. Not bad for a scrappy web site we built through hard work, eh?

Well, this is just the beginning. We have a lot of plans and now that we have fully operational news, aggregation, and calendar sections we are going to be spending more time building the resources section. This will be particularly useful for those people looking for in-depth information on applications, projects and solution providers they can count on. 

For now I am getting ready to go to HIMSS as well as the Open Health Tools meeting at the end of the week. From this point on I hope to keep you posted on what is going on with Open Health News on a more regular basis.

Until then,

Roger A. Maduro, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.