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Where Next for PLOS: Working Together to Make Waves in Scientific Communication

What began as a ripple with the goal to make research accessible and free has propagated into over 157 funder and 500 university policies that provide millions of readers around the world increasing opportunities to make important, positive impacts on global health, scientific discovery, policy and education. This wave of Open Access–and now Open Science–moving through the scientific community has created a scientific publishing ecosystem that spreads beyond researchers, reviewers, editors and funders to include technologists, institutions, patients, entrepreneurs and librarians...

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White House Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Open Access Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset

Press Release | White House | March 16, 2020

Today, researchers and leaders from the Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Microsoft, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health released the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) of scholarly literature about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and the Coronavirus group. Requested by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the dataset represents the most extensive machine-readable Coronavirus literature collection available for data and text mining to date, with over 29,000 articles, more than 13,000 of which have full text.

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Why 2018 Was a Breakout Year for Open Source Deals

Klint Finley | Wired | December 23, 2018

At the beginning of 2018, it didn't seem like the open source movement could get any bigger. Android, the world's most popular mobile operating system; websites including Facebook and Wikipedia; and a growing number of gadgets have open source software under the hood-literally, in the case of cars. The world's largest companies, including Walmart and JP Morgan Chase, not only use open source but have released their own open source software so the rest of the world can modify and share their code. Then, in June, Microsoft announced plans to buy GitHub, the platform used by millions of developers and companies, including Google and Walmart, to host popular open source projects, for $7.5 billion.

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Why Are Older People Taking as Many as 30 Big Pharma Drugs?

Christina Sarich | Natural Society | October 1, 2015

Seniors represent only 13% of the population, but they take over 40% of pharmaceutical drugs in the US. In the UK, 45% of prescriptions are doled out to individuals over the age of 65 years. The practice of polypharmacy has never been more acute than it is in the modern era. So why are we drugging the elderly so profoundly?

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Why Are We Ignoring The Role Of The Food Industry In Healthcare Reform?

The epidemic rise in the number of Americans young and old who are either overweight or obese account for 67% according to the NationalCenter for Health Statistics. The number of obese people has more than doubled since 1980. When you take into account the number of diseases like breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and osteoarthritis to name a few that are linked to obesity it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the link between healthcare costs and obesity is strong, and changes can go a long way to both bringing down the costs and helping us live longer healthier lives.

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Why Intel Made Stephen Hawking's Speech System Open Source

Intel has announced the release Stephen Hawking's speech system as open source, encouraging innovation and improvements that could open up the technology to people with physical disabilities throughout the world. Stephen Hawking, who is probably one of the best scientific minds of our time, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21. This slowly paralyzed him and eventually took his ability to talk, but with the help of a unique speech system, he found his voice again...

WSO2 and Axiata Launch Radical New Open Source Digital Enablement Platform for Mobile Network Operators: WSO2.Telco

Press Release | Axiata, WSO2 | March 4, 2015

WSO2 Inc. and Axiata Group Berhad (Axiata) today launched WSO2.Telco, a radical new open source platform for digital enablement...WSO2.Telco is a breakthrough cloud-ready solution that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to easily establish an agile collaboration layer with Web-centric APIs. The platform represents a new milestone in agility and scalability, allowing telcos to expose, manage and orchestrate multiple network services at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems. Read More »

Yes, You Can Reconcile The Wide Sharing Of Personal Medical Research Data With Greater Participant Control

Glynn Moody | TechDirt | March 15, 2016

Although the benefits of sharing big datasets are well-known, so are the privacy issues that can arise as a result. The tension between a desire to share information widely and the need to respect the wishes of those to whom it refers is probably most acute in the medical world. Although the hope is that aggregating health data on a large scale can provide new insights into diseases and their treatments, doing so makes issues of consent even trickier to deal with. A new study of Parkinson's disease from Sage Bionetworks, which describes itself as a "non-profit biomedical research organization," takes a particularly interesting approach. Unusually, it used an iPhone app to gather data directly from the participants...

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ZH Healthcare Announces New Program For Non-Profit And Charitable Health Clinics

Press Release | ZH Healthcare | July 26, 2013

Quality health care isn’t always affordable to those that need it. Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and free health clinics provide services to nearly 20 million patients in under served populations. Delivering high quality patient care on a tight budget is hard so ZH Healthcare has created a new program to help these health clinics. Under this new program, ZH Healthcare will offer their cloud-based ZH OpenEMR Patient Package at no cost. The meaningful use certified ZH OpenEMR will allow these clinics to be more efficient, train volunteers more easily, see more patients and provide best possible care to their patients.

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ZH Healthcare Billing Feature Enhancements Aimed At Efficient and Consistent Management of Practice Revenue

Press Release | ZH Healthcare | February 28, 2013

ZH Healthcare recently released new features for the ZH OpenEMR Advanced Billing Module that allow for more efficient and consistent management of practice revenue and financials. The Write-off Engine and Patient Statement Engine enhancements improve revenue management for both ZH OpenEMR users and ZH Healthcare Billing Services customers. The Write-off Engine enhancement allows office managers and billing managers that utilize the ZH OpenEMR solution to search for specific billing codes that are underpaid or not covered by payers and apply consistent rules for how these situations are handled.

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ZH Healthcare Exhibits the BlueEHR Platform at HIMSS17

Press Release | ZH Healthcare | February 10, 2017

ZH Healthcare brings blueEHR, a flexible and user-friendly EHR and Health-IT-as-a-Service (HITaaS™) solution to the exhibit floor for the 2017 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, from Feb. 19–23, 2017. More than 40,000 healthcare industry professionals are expected at the conference, where they will gain expert insights during the exchange of innovative ideas and best practices in improving health through IT, and have an opportunity to hear ZH Healthcare's CEO, Shameem Hameed, speak on the topic of "Unleashing the Value of HITaaS" in the Innovation Zone, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2:00pm ET. Read More »

ZH Healthcare Releases New Electronic Health Solution (EHS), Becomes Provider’s Answer to Health IT

Press Release | ZH Healthcare | January 14, 2015

ZH Healthcare (ZH), a leading provider of open source Health IT solutions, announced today the release of BlueEHS, the first ever Electronic Health Solution (EHS). Developed to offer an alternative to existing Electronic Health Records (EHRs), BlueEHS is a Freemium Software as a Solution (SaaS) product that offers expanded functionality, malleability and customization that have received raving endorsements from medical providers who have tested the product around the world.

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Zoeticx Expands into Asian-Pacific Healthcare Channel

Press Release | Zoeticx | June 8, 2015

Zoeticx, Inc., the developer of medical software that bridges the gap between medical data and quality patient care, today announced its entry into the rapidly growing 150 billion Asia-Pacific healthcare markets, a dynamic medical landscape with an accelerated evolution driven by innovation and opportunities expected through 2020. Zoeticx will offer its Patient Clarity Platform, EHR integration middleware software designed to support the next generation of healthcare innovative applications, to medical facilities across ASEAN locations.  The software will be distributed as part of a reseller agreement with Telco Time, a business outsourcing organization based in Yokohama.

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Zoeticx Introduces TruRecord, Medical Prescribing Software to Address 2.2 Million Adverse Drug Reactions in the U.S

Press Release | Zoeticx | June 29, 2015

Zoeticx, Inc., the developer of medical software that bridges the gap between medical data and quality patient care, today announced a crowd funding campaign for TruRecord, the first subscriber-based, medical prescribing software to leverage advanced DNA testing technology for optimal drug analysis and prevention of adverse drug reactions. The company is raising funds for a fall launch of TruRecord on medical crowd funding site Medstartr...TruRecord improves patient outcomes by reducing the 80,000 annual deaths due to drug adverse reactions, resulting in 289 billion spent annually on malpractice payouts.

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“Write Code! Save Lives!” OpenMRS Meet in Malawi Shows the Way

More recently, I attended the 12th annual International OpenMRS Implementers’ Conference in the capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe, from Dec. 12 to 16, 2017. At this annual event, volunteers, developers and implementers came together to talk about all things OpenMRS and develop strategies for the evolution and applications of the software....Meeting this determined and committed community has boosted my drive and sense of purpose for writing code. I feel like this is the kind of project that I can contribute code to for many years to come. At the conference, I was reminded of a common Global Health Corps saying: “Once a fellow, always a fellow!”

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