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Startups Are Finally Hacking Healthcare

New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies.



Healthcare’s Next Phase: Think Amazon

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Could Google Glass help doctors save lives?

Many groups see google glass as an opportunity to provide the clinician an additional channel to review patient information, however, a greater benefit is adding a remote physician into the room with the patient.   It might be the new telemedicine disrupter.


Google Glass


iRobot’s Ava 500

iRobot is offering a new "drivable cart" as a high-end telepresence option.   At close to $70k you can either buy (or lease for $2.5k/month) one of these, or 10  carts from DoubleRobotics or  VGo).

Ava 500



Apple Leaps Into The World Of Health

Not unexpected - Apple is joining the rush into health tracking.




Although I was unable to attend the first day of events due to a conflicting meeting in Atlanta (TAG - Georgia Technology Summit) I did manage to attend the after hours party and an impromptu "Birds of a Feather" discussion on the NIH challenge of taking a developed product "open source".  Many options were presented including the Drupal and Apache models.

Some of the highlights of Day Two (Thursday)

The Synergy Between Open Source and Healthcare - A great history of Anesthesia system development and implementation at Duke.

Healthcare Panel Discussion - The panel contained all M.D.'s (something you never see at open source meetings) and was a great opportunity to get perspectives from  practicing ,  government, academic, and commercial physicians.

Alembic Foundation - A background on the new foundation which will carry the CONNECT project forward.

The Development & Growth of the OpenEMR Project - An overview of the project history and current status (Certification under way).


Thank you again for the great job organizing the event and finding quality speakers.   I look forward to another healthcare track next year.




HRSA – Open Source and Public Domain Software

Open source and public domain section in the Health IT Adoption Toolbox at



Calls for Adoption of “Universal Exchange Language”

Information technology has the potential to revolutionize healthcare in the United States by increasing quality of care and reducing costs, and the Federal government has made good progress laying the foundation for widespread adoption of electronic health records, according to a report released today by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), a group of presidentially appointed experts from academia, non-governmental organizations, and industry.


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Obama gives HIT the nod in State of the Union speech

"In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives, it’s how we make a living," he said. "Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it’s not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need. That’s what planted the seeds for the Internet. That’s what helped make possible things like computer chips and GPS."

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Technical Support Services for Vista Open Source Custodial Foundation

It appears the federal government is opening up bids to build a framework for open source solutions in future VistA development.

the Scope of Work from the SOW appears below

The two Open Source SMEs shall identify governance areas and provide strategic, industry focused insights for developing an Open Source governance Request for Information (RFI).  Technical assistance, market research and requirements/objectives definition shall be required for the development of the RFI and acquisition documentation necessary to then issue a Custodial Framework Request for Proposal (RFP) in a subsequent procurement action.  The Open Source SMEs shall provide insight on the operational relationship between VA and a proposed independent foundation that would govern an Open Source version of VistA.  The federal and software acquisition SME shall work with the Open Source SMEs to contribute to defining VA’s acquisition strategy and development of acquisition documentation for the Open Source initiative.

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