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HLN Releases Open Source Vaccine Provider Agreement System

Press Release | HLN Consulting | February 10, 2021
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HLN Consulting has just released a critical application to help complete the CDC's COVID-19 vaccination provider agreement requirements. HLN is a leading public health informatics consulting company that is focused on developing andsupporting robust open source solutions that address pressing public health requirements. HLN's application is designed to assist medical providers with a tool that can enhance and facilitate their tracking of critical vaccination information...

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How to Contribute to Open Source Healthcare Projects for COVID-19

Many of those that are familiar with the maker movement, including me, believe there is a significant opportunity to apply open source design principles and mass-scale collaborative distributed manufacturing technologies (like open source 3D printing) to at least partially overcome medical supply shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic...Many people agree there is enormous potential with the approach despite the challenges and have started to self-organize to develop open source hardware to fight COVID-19. The largest group is Project Open Air. They are a group of "Helpful Engineers" who have congregated to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic response by developing both open source hardware and open source software. The Helpful Engineers are working on medical devices such as open source ventilators, to create a solution that can be quickly reproduced and assembled locally worldwide. Read More »

InnerSource: a practical application of open source techniques within organizational boundaries

Using open source methods within your own company--without offering up your resulting source code to the public--is called InnerSource. A report I wrote for O'Reilly Media titled Getting Started with InnerSource lays out some of the benefits of the open source model and how one company, PayPal, is carrying out both open source projects and InnerSource. Why would you want InnerSource? According to the report, your organization can grow and become more productive in several ways...

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Is The 1.5+ Trillion Dollar HITECH Act a Failure?

Hopefully, the public statements made by President Obama and Vice President Biden will lead to a public debate over the monumental problems that the HITECH Act and proprietary EHR vendors have caused the American people. While the press continues to report the figure of $35 billion as the cost of implementing EHRs, that figure does not tell the entire story. Perhaps the next step is to provide accountability and transparency. That would start with firm numbers regarding the real costs of EHR implementations forced on an unprepared healthcare system by the HITECH Act.

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MapBox Continues To Innovate, Improve With OpenStreetMap

Staff Writer | Directions Magazine | June 9, 2013

MapBox has a straightforward business model: take a good, open source solution; mix in open data and make a better map. It uses OpenStreetMap as a foundation to build open source mapping services that companies like Foursquare and USA Today find very appealing. Read More »

Mick Ebeling Interview - Open Source Tech & Changing Healthcare

Staff Writer | TYTInterviews | June 19, 2013

Mick Ebeling is an executive producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. You may recognize him from his TED Talk for the EyeWriter (http://bit.ly/eFHK1b) a collaborative DIY project that "unlocked" TEMPT One, a well-known L.A. graffiti artist who was rendered unable to move, breathe or speak after being diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative nerve disease. Read More »

Microsoft TechDays 2014 Showcases Work With Open Source Technologies

Frederic Aatz | Openness@Microsoft | March 4, 2014

Microsoft TechDays 2014, the largest annual tech event in France dedicated to developers, IT professionals and business leaders, recently brought together 19,000 attendees with 60,000 online participants for three packed days of sessions. Read More »

Mobile Location Sharing Web Startup “Oh Hey World” Goes Open Source To Enable Anyone To Bring Location Sharing To Their Community

Press Release | Oh Hey World, Inc. | February 26, 2014

An open source solution for community builders to help their respective community members connect in person. Read More »

My Year Of Living Open Source

Sam Muirhead | CNN | June 5, 2013

Sam Muirhead is a videographer who for one year is abandoning proprietary products and instead using and producing open source materials. Read More »

NASA Launches Next Space Apps Challenge

Elena Malykhena | InformationWeek | April 15, 2013

International competition brings together developers from around the world to create software, hardware and visualization tools for space exploration missions. Read More »

NASA Space Apps Challenge Lands At The iSchool

Hailey Temple | School of Information Studies Syracuse University | April 22, 2013

The School of Information Studies (iSchool) and its New Explorations in Information and Science (NEXIS) lab sponsored the NASA Space Apps Challenge last weekend, where students used their collaborative skills and passion for technology exploration to create open-source solutions that address issues both on Earth and in space. Read More »

NASA Wants You To Hack Space (And Life On Earth)

Luke Fretwell | FedScoop | March 21, 2013

NASA announced the launch of its second International Space Apps Challenge featuring 50 space exploration related challenges that range from building applications to designing visualizations based on NASA data. Read More »

Navy Medicine CIO: We Are Communicating With VA On EHR Efforts

Dan Bowman | FierceHealthIT | June 14, 2013

The CIO for Navy Medicine insisted this week that the Department of Defense is maintaining open communication lines with the Department of Veterans Affairs on electronic health record efforts. Read More »

Nominations Open For "Open Source For America" Awards

Press Release | Open Source for America (OSFA) | February 20, 2013

Open Source for America (OSFA), an organization of technology industry leaders, non-government associations, and academic and research institutions promoting the use of open source technologies in the U.S. Federal Government, today announced the opening of its nomination period for its annual OSFA awards.

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Obama and Biden Blast EHR Vendors for Data Blocking

As they are winding their terms in office, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden dropped a stink bomb on the health IT industry. Speaking at different events on Friday, January 9th, the President and Vice President both criticized proprietary electronic health record (EHR) vendors as the primary obstacle to the success of their administration’s health care strategy. This is the highest level acknowledgment so far of the serious impact that “lock-in” EHR software vendors are having on America’s medical infrastructure and the ability of physicians to provide medical care.

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