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[News] Continued Push in the US for Free Software in Government & Health

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Obama Aide Looks to Open Source Government

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| The dream of an effective and open e-government, a great hope of the Obama 
| administration, rides on the ability of government officials to emulate the 
| Web 2.0 model in the private sector, where some of the biggest success 
| stories have been built through a decentralized, crowd-sourced model, a White 
| House official said today.    


Open source becomes a force in health care IT

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| Open source is picking up steam in enterprise computing, even as the economy 
| peters out. If West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller has his way, open source 
| will soon make its mark on medicine, too, with the lower cost of open source 
| a key impetus behind the move.   



Federal Government Releases Open-Source NHIN Software

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| On Monday, the federal government made available for download and public use
| the software code that will connect organizations to the Nationwide Health
| Information Network, Modern Healthcare reports.
| The no-cost, open-source software, called Connect, was developed under the
| Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's Federal Health
| Architecture initiative (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 4/8).


Feds take health care open source

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| President Obama has made transparency a hallmark of his presidency, with open
| source an integral part of this pledge. Obama has also expressed a desire to
| overhaul the U.S. health care system.
| This week those two goals came together this week in Connect, "a(n
| open-source) gateway between multiple federal organizations and the proposed
| national health information network," according to Modern Healthcare.


Connect: An Open Source Effort to Improve Healthcare Info Sharing

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| The Obama administration is committed to overhauling government spending on
| technology by adopting open source solutions, and healthcare professionals
| are increasingly heeding the call of open source. This week brings an
| important step in empowering healthcare IT organizations to tie into the
| Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN), a federal initiative to
| facilitate the electronic exchange of health information. The open source
| inititiative is called Connect.


NHIN software released to open-source community

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| The Federal Health Architecture project released into the public domain the
| code for Connect, a software gateway that will let organizations outside the
| federal government share health information via the National Health
| Information Network.


Sun Microsystems Helps U.S. Federal Government Build Interoperable NHIN

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| Open source software from Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is enabling
| the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to build a
| secure, open technology platform to connect federal government agencies and
| health information exchanges in a "network of networks"--the Nationwide
| Health Information Network (NHIN)--built over the Internet.


HIMSS day1: Medsphere

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| In reality there is a component of HIMSS that is FOSS-friendly and FOSS runs
| as an under current at every HIMSS conference that I have attended. It can be
| hard to find but it is there.
| [...]
| Two less people die every day at Midland b/c of the systems in place to
| handle central-line infections inside OpenVistA. Wow. That means that
| Medsphere clients are starting to get VA-like improved outcomes. All at a
| fraction of the cost of the proprietary alternatives

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