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Health records support genetics research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

By Andy Oram
June 26, 2012

Michael Italia from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discusses the tools and methods his team uses to manage health care data.

Health records support genetics research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

By Andy Oram
June 26, 2012

Michael Italia from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia discusses the tools and methods his team uses to manage health care data.

Top Stories: June 18-22, 2012

Top Stories: June 18-22, 2012
By Mac Slocum
June 22, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Artist Nina Paley explained her "intellectual disobedience" stance on copyright, Shahid Shah looked at the future of health IT integration, and illustrator Laura Maaske discussed the next generation of digital imagery.

Clinician, researcher, and patients working together: progress aired at Indivo conference

By Andy Oram
June 21, 2012

SMART and Indivo offer a far-reaching platform for giving patients access to data and working seemlessly with other cooperating institutions.

Clinician, researcher, and patients working together: progress aired at Indivo conference

By Andy Oram
June 21, 2012

SMART and Indivo offer a far-reaching platform for giving patients access to data and working seemlessly with other cooperating institutions.

The state of Health Information Exchange in Massachusetts

By Nate Osit
June 21, 2012

Although health information exchange should be identified as a process, having the structures and organizations to facilitate exchange is a challenge facing health care. A recent conference articulated these issues, and presented clear plans on how Massachusetts is addressing them.

How the federal government helps health care standards evolve

By Andy Oram
June 20, 2012

In this interview, Federal Health Architecture director Dr. Lauren Thompson discusses the state of health information exchange.

Why health IT systems integrate poorly today, and what future EHRs can do about it

By Shahid Shah
June 19, 2012

New Internet-centric approaches to health IT systems are needed, and the government should be mandating a more modern open style of data exchange that breaks through monolithic systems.

Why health IT systems integrate poorly today, and what future EHRs can do about it

By Shahid Shah
June 19, 2012

New Internet-centric approaches to health IT systems are needed, and the government should be mandating a more modern open style of data exchange that breaks through monolithic systems.

Games for Health covers current status of behavior change

By Andy Oram
June 15, 2012

A few existing and upcoming projects that illustrate what games are doing in health care, and some trends to watch.

Games for Health covers current status of behavior change

By Andy Oram
June 15, 2012

A few existing and upcoming projects that illustrate what games are doing in health care, and some trends to watch.

Health care privacy discussed as an aspect of patient control

By Andy Oram
June 13, 2012

Privacy is caught up with issues of security, clinical decision-making, mobile health, and medical errors. So the topics at this conference are relevant to all the issues health care advocates talk about regularly: data exchange and ACOs, clinical research, the use of apps on mobile devices, the Quantified Self movement, and social networking in patient empowerment.

Data in use from public health to personal fitness

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2012

Releasing public data can't fix the health care system by itself, but it provides tools as well as a model for data sharing.

Data in use from public health to personal fitness

By Andy Oram
June 12, 2012

Releasing public data can't fix the health care system by itself, but it provides tools as well as a model for data sharing.

Health reform leaders focus on patient access to records as key barrier

By Andy Oram
June 11, 2012

A convocation of trend-setters and organizational leaders in U.S. health care advised two government organizations driving health reform--the Office of the National Coordinator at the Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the Dept. of Veteran Affairs--how to push forward one of their top goals, patient engagement.

mHealth apps are just the beginning of the disruption in healthcare from open health data

By Alex Howard
June 8, 2012

Two years ago, the potential of government making health information as useful as weather data may well have felt like an abstraction to many observers. In June 2012, real health apps and services are here, holding the potential to massive disrupt healthcare for the better.

mHealth apps are just the beginning of the disruption in healthcare from open health data

By Alex Howard
June 8, 2012

Two years ago, the potential of government making health information as useful as weather data may well have felt like an abstraction to many observers. In June 2012, real health apps and services are here, holding the potential to massive disrupt healthcare for the better.

Who owns patient data?

Who owns patient data?
By Fred Trotter
June 6, 2012

Patients, doctors and providers have a unique set of privileges that do not line up exactly with a traditional concept of ownership.

Who owns patient data?

By Fred Trotter
June 6, 2012

Patients, doctors and providers have a unique set of privileges that do not line up exactly with a traditional concept of ownership.

Health Information Technology: putting the patient back into health care

By Andy Oram
May 21, 2012

In health information technology, we have a rare chance to ensure that the most affected members of the public actually have their own direct representative. A letter in support of Regina Holliday.

What do mHealth, eHealth and behavioral science mean for the future of healthcare?

By Alex Howard
May 21, 2012

We're just at the beginning of discovering how to best develop and utilize mobile technology to improve the health of individuals and the public, says Dr. Audie Atienza.

What do mHealth, eHealth and behavioral science mean for the future of healthcare?

By Alex Howard
May 21, 2012

We're just at the beginning of discovering how to best develop and utilize mobile technology to improve the health of individuals and the public, says Dr. Audie Atienza.

How to start a successful business in health care at Health 2.0 conference

By Andy Oram
May 16, 2012

Great piles of cash are descending on entrepreneurs who develop health care apps, but that doesn't make it any easier to create a useful one that your audience will adopt. About the Spring Fling conference, enterpreneurship, and open data.

The state of health IT according to the American Hospital Association

By Andy Oram
May 6, 2012

The letter conveys a rather sorrowful message about the state of health IT in the United States. One request--to put brakes on the requirement for hospitals to let patients see their own information electronically--has received particularly strong coverage and vigorous responses.

Principles of patient access in Directed Exchange

By Fred Trotter
May 6, 2012

In this digital world, health data that's 36-hours old can only be analyzed as a post-mortem. Health data that's 30-days old is already rotting.

Principles of patient access in Directed Exchange

By Fred Trotter
May 6, 2012

In this digital world, health data that's 36-hours old can only be analyzed as a post-mortem. Health data that's 30-days old is already rotting.

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

Recombinant Research: Breaking open rewards and incentives

By Andy Oram
May 2, 2012

To move from a hothouse environment of experimentation to the mainstream of one of the world's most lucrative and tradition-bound industries, Sage Bionetworks must aim for its nucleus: rewards and incentives. Comparisons to open source software and a summary of tasks for Sage Congress.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress plans for patient engagement

By Andy Oram
May 1, 2012

The Vioxx problem is just one instance of the wider malaise afflicting the drug industry. Managers from major pharma companies expressed confidence that they could expand public or "pre-competitive" research in the direction Sage Congress proposed. The sector left to engage is the one that's central to all this work--the public.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress promotes data sharing in genetics

By Andy Oram
April 30, 2012

Through two days of demos, keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions, Sage Congress brought its vision to a high-level cohort of 230 attendees from universities, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and others who can make change in the field.

Recombinant Research: Sage Congress promotes data sharing in genetics

By Andy Oram
April 30, 2012

Through two days of demos, keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions, Sage Congress brought its vision to a high-level cohort of 230 attendees from universities, pharmaceutical companies, government health agencies, and others who can make change in the field.

Sage Congress: The synthesis of open source with genetics

By Andy Oram
April 19, 2012

A conversation with Sage Bionetworks founder Stephen Friend about how open source can support a business model in drug development, the progress of current data sharing projects, and more.

Five tough lessons I had to learn about health care

By Andy Oram
March 26, 2012

Despite the disappointments I've undergone in learning about health care, I expect the system to change for the better. Those who want a better system need to look at the areas where change is most likely to make a difference.

Help drive the data revolution in health care

By Tim O'Reilly
March 19, 2012

The Health Data Initiative's annual "Health Datapalooza" is behing held June 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is just a few weeks away (March 30).

Help drive the data revolution in health care

Help drive the data revolution in health care
By Tim O'Reilly
March 19, 2012

The Health Data Initiative's annual "Health Datapalooza" is behing held June 5-6 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for applications is just a few weeks away (March 30).

Left and right and wrong

By Fred Trotter
March 15, 2012

Fred Trotter has often said the problems in health IT are political and not technical, but sometimes a picture can drive a point home better than words.

Parts of healthcare are moving to the cloud

By Brian Ahier
March 12, 2012

Brian Ahier looks at offerings from CareCloud and athenahealth that combine cloud-based access with electronic health records.

Report from HIMSS 12: wrap-up of the largest health IT conference

By Andy Oram
February 29, 2012

Recalcitrant instincts that depressed me and progressive suggestions that restored me. Details DICOM, Watson, and other interesting projects.

Big data is the next big thing in health IT

By Brian Ahier
February 27, 2012

The proliferation of digital health information, including both clinical and claims information, is creating large datasets and significant opportunity.

Big data is the next big thing in health IT

By Brian Ahier
February 27, 2012

The proliferation of digital health information, including both clinical and claims information, is creating large datasets and significant opportunity.

Top stories: February 20-24, 2012

Top stories: February 20-24, 2012
By Mac Slocum
February 24, 2012

This week on O'Reilly: Alex Howard examined data's civic role, Dr. Farzad Mostashari discussed health IT and patient empowerment, and Edd Dumbill surveyed big data cloud offerings.

The Direct Project in action

The Direct Project in action
By Fred Trotter
February 24, 2012

Jim Langabeer, CEO of Greater Houston Healthconnect, discusses the implementation goals and hurdles related to a Direct Project pilot program.

The Direct Project in action

By Fred Trotter
February 24, 2012

Jim Langabeer, CEO of Greater Houston Healthconnect, discusses the implementation goals and hurdles related to a Direct Project pilot program.

Direct Project will be required in the next version of Meaningful Use

Direct Project will be required in the next version of Meaningful Use
By Fred Trotter
February 23, 2012

Given the way that healthcare is financed in the U.S., it's reasonable to expect that many doctors will have a Direct email address to communicate with other doctors and their patients in a few years.

Report from HIMSS 2012: toward interoperability and openness

By Andy Oram
February 23, 2012

Two key pillars of the Stage 2 announcement are requirements to use the Direct for data exchange and HL7's consolidated CDA for the format.

Data for the public good

By Alex Howard
February 22, 2012

The explosion of big data, open data and social data offers new opportunities to address humanity's biggest challenges. The open question is no longer if data can be used for the public good, but how.

Data for the public good

Data for the public good
By Alex Howard
February 22, 2012

The explosion of big data, open data and social data offers new opportunities to address humanity's biggest challenges. The open question is no longer if data can be used for the public good, but how.

Report from HIMSS: health care tries to leap the chasm from the average to the superb

By Andy Oram
February 22, 2012

HIMSS has promoted good causes, but only recently has it addressed cost, interoperability, and open source issues that can allow health IT to break out of the elite of institutions large or sophisticated enough to adopt the right practices.

Report from HIMSS: health care tries to leap the chasm from the average to the superb

By Andy Oram
February 22, 2012

HIMSS has promoted good causes, but only recently has it addressed cost, interoperability, and open source issues that can allow health IT to break out of the elite of institutions large or sophisticated enough to adopt the right practices.


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