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Tech Giants Back Initiative For Funding Crucial Open Source Projects

Zeljka Zorz | Help Net Security | April 24, 2014

The nonprofit Linux Foundation has announced the Core Infrastructure Initiative, a multi-million dollar project aimed to fund open source projects critical for the global information infrastructure, and a dozen of big tech companies have joined it and will be providing the funds.  Since the discovery of the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug some two weeks ago, the one positive thing brought forth by it is a better understanding of the limitations of open source software development.

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This EHR Mess We’re In

Michael Chen | The Healthcare Blog | July 27, 2017

Dr. Matthew Hahn blogs about the current state of today’s EHR’s and rightly points out many of the same reasons that I have identified in my previous posts...There are several other important concerns that have been left unanswered by our current Health IT offerings...The solution Dr. Hahn proposed is one that hinges on the hope that government will abandon MU (unlikely given this political climate), and create a whole new EHR development program based on a national competition and then for the government to subsidize the cost of that winner EHR for physicians to use...

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TRENDnet Teases Open Source-Friendly Entry Level Router

Kevin Parrish | Tom's Hardware | September 27, 2012

Looking for a new wireless router but don't have loads of money to spend? TRENDnet may have what you're looking for in the new N150 Wireless Router (model TEW-712BR). It's a single-band device offering wireless speeds of up to 150 Mb/s that can shoot HD video over to your HDTV while you're lounging on the couch reading Tom's Hardware. Read More »

Twitter Did A Reddit AMA About Open Source. Here Are Some Highlights

Derrick Harris | GIGAOM | April 24, 2014

Here are some highlights from a Reddit Ask Me Anything featuring members of Twitter’s open source engineering team. It’s a pretty informative look at Twitter’s open source culture, the statuses of its various projects and its high hiring standards.

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University College London Hospitals Deploys Open Source Patient List

Lis Evenstad and Rebecca Todd | E-Health Insider | April 14, 2014

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has rolled out an open source patient list web service.  The system, from Open Health Care UK is called eICID, for Electronic Clinical Infections Database, and is being used by the infectious diseases, microbiology, and immune teams across the trust to help look after patients and support research and audit.

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Why Did Healthcare.gov's Source Code Mysteriously Vanish From Public View?

Greg Sandoval | The Verge | October 14, 2013

One of the few trouble-free areas on Healthcare.gov is the site's front end — the information pages where visitors can learn about health plans available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In contrast to the glitchy backend systems that have prevented many of the more than 14 million visitors from shopping for health insurance the past two weeks, [these pages...] were built on open-source code. Now, that code doesn't appear to be so open. Read More »

Why Enterprises Embrace Open Source

Bernard Golden | CIO | June 1, 2015

I just finished attending two conferences: the Cloud Foundry Summit and the OpenStack Summit. Both were hives of activity, with attendance well up on the previous event. Most striking to me was the significant presence of large enterprise IT decision-makers — architects, directors of applications and operations, and even a sprinkling of CIOs.

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Why Implanted Medical Devices Should Have Open Source Code

As medical implants become more common, sophisticated and versatile, understanding the code that runs them is vital. A pacemaker or insulin-releasing implant can be lifesaving, but they are also vulnerable not just to malicious attacks, but also to faulty code. For commercial reasons, companies have been reluctant to open up their code to researchers. But with lives at stake, we need to be allowed to take a peek under the hood. Over the past few years several researchers have revealed lethal vulnerabilities in the code that runs some medical implants. 

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