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The Apache Software Foundation Announces ApacheCon 2022 Schedule

Press Release | The Apache Software Foundation | July 5, 2022

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)...announced today the initial schedule for ApacheCon North America 2022. ApacheCon is the annual convention of the Apache Software Foundation, showcasing content from many of the project communities at the ASF. ApacheCon will be held at the Canal Street Sheraton in New Orleans, LA, from October 3-6, 2022. ApacheCon this year will feature four days of sessions, with seven tracks each day. Tracks will focus on Search, Big Data, Internet of Things, Community, Geospatial, Cassandra, Financial Tech, and many other topics.

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The Sequoia Project’s Emergency Preparedness Information Workgroup Publishes Health IT Pandemic Response Planning Recommendations - The Sequoia Project

Press Release | The Sequoia Project | February 28, 2022

The Sequoia Project’s Emergency Preparedness Information Workgroup (EPIW) today published Pandemic Response Insights and Recommendations, a free whitepaper for local, state, and federal emergency preparedness and public health officials and their partners. The workgroup, consisting of emergency preparedness, response, and public health experts, convened over several months to discuss gaps in current solutions. The workgroup recommended ways to make information more readily available to support a more robust and coordinated response to future emergencies.

Tidelift Announces Upstream 2022: June 7 Event Celebrating Open Source Developers and Maintainers

Press Release | Tidelift | February 15, 2022

Tidelift, the premier provider of solutions for managing the open source software behind modern applications, today announced the date for Upstream 2022, an event for those who create and use open source software to build applications. This year, Upstream will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 and consist of more than 30 virtual sessions that attendees will be able to attend live or access following the event. Upstream is a free, one-day event that brings together developers, open source maintainers, and the extended network of people who care most about their work. The call for presentations is now open.

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UCSF | Health Hub and HLTH Announce Partnership to Host All-Star 2022 Digital Health Awards Grand Finale

Press Release | HLTH, UCSF | Health Hub | February 10, 2022

UCSF | Health Hub, producer of the UCSF | Health Hub Digital Health Awards, announced today a new-multi year agreement with health transformation platform HLTH, (pronounced "health"), to host its 2022 Digital Health Awards Grand Finale event at HLTH 2022. HLTH 2022 will take place in Las Vegas from November 13 through 16, 2022, gathering top health industry leaders, government officials, policy experts, politicians, tech industry influencers, and impassioned celebrities to solve healthcare's most pressing problems and spark true change.

WELL Health Expands Virtual Care, Acquires CognisantMD

Press Release | WELL Health Technologies Corp. | December 2, 2021

WELL is pleased to announce the acquisition of CognisantMD whose Ocean platform includes a full suite of virtual patient engagement tools, including online appointment booking, secure messaging, appointment reminders, and digital forms as well as in-clinic check-in kiosks and tablets. Each month, Canadians complete over 800,000 patient engagements with their healthcare providers using Ocean's digital tools. Ocean has built unparalleled interoperability, with integrations into over 18 EMRs, Electronic Health Records  (EHRs), and provincial healthcare assets and third-party technology platforms using industry-leading open standards including HL7 FHIR5.

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HLN's Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) chosen as a Digital Public Goods Standard

Press Release | HLN Consulting | November 1, 2021

HLN Consulting is thrilled to announce that the Immunization Calculation Engine (ICE) project has been chosen by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA) as an innovative openly licensed technology and listed in their Digital Public Goods registry. Technologies included in the list are considered to be digital public goods in alignment with the Digital Public Goods Standard. ICE now appears in the Digital Public Goods registry where it is discoverable as a digital public good and reflected on a growing network of catalogs and aggregated lists of digital public goods.

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European technology companies launch Coalition for Competitive Digital Markets

Press Release | Coalition For Competitive Digital Markets | October 26, 2021

A group of 23 technology companies operating in Europe from 14 different countries and a business association of more than 45,000 digital SMEs announced today a new coalition to advocate for fair rules in digital markets. The Coalition for Competitive Digital Markets aims to contribute to a more balanced and open digital environment. Today’s internet is dominated by services and products offered by a small number of dominant online platforms, such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon. These so-called “gatekeepers” control consumers’ access to information and abuse their position in order to limit market access for European businesses that offer alternative business models and services such as search, email, social media, operating systems and browsers.

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HHS Announces Synthetic Health Data Challenge Winners

Press Release | US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) | September 21, 2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced $100,000 in total awards to six winners of the Synthetic Health Data Challenge (Challenge). Synthetic health data (i.e., data that is artificially created to mimic real-world data), is important to researchers, health IT developers, and informaticians, among others, who need data to test new ideas until access to secure and actual clinical data is available.

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Scientists Launch Open Source Computational Platform to Study Biological Processes

Press Release | University of Surrey | September 20, 2021

Agent-based simulations (ABS) are powerful computational tools that help scientists understand complex biological systems. These simulations are an inexpensive and efficient way to quickly test hypotheses about the physiology of cellular tissues, organs, or entire organisms. However, many ABS do not take full advantage of available computational power, and the majority of ABS platforms on the market are designed with a particular use case in mind.

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Open Source Initiative Names Stefano Maffulli As First Executive Director

Press Release | Open Source Initiative (OSI) | September 8, 2021

The Open Source Initiative ® (OSI), stewards of the Open Source Definition that sets the foundation for the open source ecosystem, is excited to announce Stefano Maffulli as its first Executive Director.  The appointment is a key step for the transformation of OSI into a professionally managed organization, a process that the Board of Directors started in 2020. After an expansive search led by OSI’s purpose-built staffing committee, the Board of Directors appointed Maffulli, an experienced international leader in enterprise and open source environments.

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CDC Stands Up New Disease Forecasting Center - To Use Open Source Software and APIs to Expand Data Interoperability

Press Release | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) | August 18, 2021

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing a new center designed to advance the use of forecasting and outbreak analytics in public health decision making. Once established, the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics will bring together next-generation public health data, expert disease modelers, public health emergency responders, and high-quality communications, to meet the needs of decision makers.  The new center will accelerate access to and use of data for public health decision-makers who need information to mitigate the effects of disease threats, such as social and economic disruption.

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ASF Announces Program for [email protected] 2021

Press Release | Apache Software Foundation (ASF) | August 17, 2021

The Apache® Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced keynotes, sponsors, and program for [email protected], taking place online 21-23 September 2021. Registration is open and free for all attendees. "With dozens of compelling talks on the latest Apache innovations, presented by noted community experts and supported by an impressive roster of sponsors, we expect a record turnout of attendees," said Ruth Suehle, ASF Executive Vice President and [email protected] co-Chair. "We're excited to enable participants to join us at their own convenience online and to build on the success of last year's inaugural [email protected], with nearly 3,500 attendees."

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Health Gorilla and the Puerto Rico Department of Health Reach Milestone in Health Information Exchange Network

Press Release | Health Gorilla | July 29, 2021

Health Gorilla, the largest interoperability provider in Puerto Rico, in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDOH), today announced a milestone achievement following the official launch of the Puerto Rico Health Information Exchange (PRHIE) on July 1st. In the one month since go-live, Health Gorilla has successfully connected 25% of Puerto Rico's population to the PRHIE. This innovative project enables healthcare providers to access and share patient medical record data securely and electronically across more than 400 care sites, 4,200 providers, and more than 700,000 patients.

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IBM Report: Cost of Data Breaches Hit Record High During Pandemic - Healthcare Breaches Cost the Most By Far, at $9.23 Million per Incident

Press Release | IBM Security, Ponemon Institute | July 28, 2021

IBM Security today announced the results of a global study which found that data breaches now cost surveyed companies $4.24 million per incident on average - the highest cost in the 17-year history of the report. Based on in-depth analysis of real-world data breaches experienced by over 500 organizations, the study suggests that security incidents became more costly and harder to contain due to drastic operational shifts during the pandemic, with costs rising 10% compared to the prior year...Healthcare breaches cost the most by far, at $9.23 million per incident - a $2 million increase over the previous year.

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Roger Baker: Why VA's Electronic Health Record Mega-Project is Failing

Roger Baker | FCW | July 26, 2021

The Department of Veterans Affairs currently is reassessing its $16 billion-plus Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) effort. Faced with productivity and patient safety issues in its initial pilot site, further rollouts of the EHRM have been paused by VA Secretary Denis McDonough. And while VA has not yet announced the details of the actions it will take to correct the EHRM program, those actions must include addressing the program's fundamental problems, not just the readily apparent quality and productivity problems surfaced at the pilot site. Read More »