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AIRA 2018: Is Open Source the Key to Immunization Software Sustainability?

On August 14-16, 2018 the American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA) held its 2018 National Meeting. This meeting brought together more than 350 informatics professionals, public health officials, EHR vendors, and other stakeholders who all care passionately about Immunization Information Systems (IIS) and their role in the healthcare community. IIS projects leverage interoperability with EHRs, PHRs, and other systems to promote clinical practice at the point of care; enable public health surveillance, and reduce cost by assisting in preventing both under and over immunization.

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Alangi Derick: Wikimedia’s First African Contributor to Google Summer of Code

Alangi Derick comes from Buea, Cameroon. He joined the Wikimedia movement to develop his skills in coding, and was quickly hooked by the movement’s values and its community culture, eventually becoming a staunch advocate for it in his university. As a computer science student at the time, he joined the movement a year and a half ago, and his work booked him a place at the 2016 Google Summer of Code as one of the Wikimedia Foundation’s students. Derick passed the program, helped mentor teenage participants in Google Code-in for two consecutive years, and has helped fix bugs in the MediaWiki software...

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Albania Considering Care2x as a National Open Source Health Information System

The government of Albania would benefit from using free and open source for managing the country’s hospitals and health clinics, says Gjergj Sheldija. The ICT consultant is implementing Care2x, an open source Hospital Information System (HIS), for the Mother Teresa Hospital in Tirana, Albania. According to Sheldija, the Albanian government is currently considering a national HIS, and is weighing the pro’s and con’s of proprietary versus open source software alternatives.

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Alfresco Selected By Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Press Release | Alfresco | July 2, 2015

Alfresco Software, a leading provider of modern Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM) software, has announced that Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will deploy its Alfresco One ECM software. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides NHS care and treatment for people living in southeast England. Care is provided in people's homes, in specialist clinics, hospitals, GP surgeries and prisons. Services are aimed at children, young people and adults of all ages and many are provided in partnership.

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Amida Releases Enhanced Blue Button Software Component

Press Release | Amida | September 2, 2014

Amida is pleased to announce the second release of its Data Reconciliation Engine (DRE). The DRE is a Blue Button-branded software component that supports the aims of the Blue Button Initiative, a nationwide public-private effort that enables patients and consumers to gain easy access to their own health information...

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An in-depth guide to turning a product into an open source project

One occasionally runs into a company trying to build an open source project out of an existing product. This is a nuanced problem. This is not a company that owns a project published under an open source license trying to also ship a product of the same name (e.g. Docker, MySQL), but the situation shares many of the same problems. Neither is this a company building products out of open source projects to which they contribute but don't control (e.g. Red Hat's RHEL). This is a company with an existing product revenue stream trying to create a project out of the product...

An information goldmine: The World Bank Group Archives goes online

Elisa Liberatory Prati | Voices-Perspectives on Development | August 18, 2015

In April 2015, as part of its commitment to transparency and openness, the World Bank Group launched its Archives Holdings website. This is a state-of-the-art platform, which maximizes the public’s online access to a vast amount of original primary source material in the custody of the Archives. Created using the Access to Memory open source software, the website facilitates a faster, more efficient, and personalized online service delivery model. The software serves as a catalog that provides basic information about the resources of the Archives, and it is equipped with user-friendly finding aids compliant with the International Standard for Archival Description.

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An Interview with Open Source Health IT Project: LibreHealth

Andy Oram | EMR & HIPAA | December 7, 2016

LibreHealth is the largest health IT project to emerge recently, particularly in the area of free and open source software. In this video, Dr. Judy Gichoya of the LibreHealth project explains what clinicians in Africa are dealing with and what their IT needs are. Both developed and developing countries need better health IT systems to improve patient care. In the developed countries, electronic records and other health IT systems sprout complexities that reflect the health care systems in which they function...

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An Open Source Project To Improve The Accuracy Of CDC's Mortality Data

Paula Braun | HealthData.Gov | June 4, 2015

As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, which will take place world-wide on Saturday, June 6th, CDC would like to launch an open-source project to develop a Cause-of-Death companion application that will a) help guide medical certifiers through the process of filling out a death certificate and b) provide real-time feedback for common mistakes at the point of data entry. 

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An Open Source Solution For The Quantified Self Trifecta

Lt. Dan | HIStalk | October 20, 2013

The last five years have been redefining for the quantified self movement. Gone are the days that self monitoring was limited to pedometers and food diaries. [...] Over the years, this consumer-driven demand has led to a groundswell of technological advancements. The advancements in quantified self technology seem to be converging on a trifecta of quantified health: activity, vitals, and calories. Read More »

An Open Source Vision

Geraint Lewis | Health Service Journal (HSJ) | April 12, 2012

A campaign is attempting to bring VistA, an open source IT system, to the NHS. Why should you consider it? Read More »

Analyst Watch: Ten reasons why open-source software will eat the world

Al Hilwa | SD times | April 23, 2015

I recently attended Facebook’s F8 developer conference in San Francisco, where I had a revelation on why it is going to be impossible to succeed as a technology vendor in the long run without deeply embracing open source. Of the many great presentations I listened to, I was most captivated by the ones that explained how Facebook internally developed software. I was impressed by how quickly the company is turning such important IP back into the community.

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Android Dramatically Extends Lead With Open Source Developers

Matt Asay | ReadWrite | May 23, 2013

For years, Android has trailed iOS in terms of developers. In 2012, that changed dramatically, with the open-source operating system taking a significant lead over iOS in terms of related mobile open-source projects. What does this mean for the mobile wars? Read More »

Android Fragmentation Predicted To Squeeze Out Independent Developers

Neil Hughes | AppleInsider | March 5, 2013

The plethora of distinct mobile device models on the market, driven largely by the popularity of Google's Android platform, is making it more difficult for independent software developers to reach a wide audience, new research confirms. Read More »

Announcing The Challenges For The 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

Nick Skytland | open.NASA | March 18, 2013

The International Space Apps Challenge is an international mass collaboration focused on space exploration that takes place over 48-hours in cities around the world. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing relevant open-source solutions. Today, we are announcing the challenges for this years event! Read More »