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Open Source as a Healthcare Solution

The headlines in the US media warble every day with dispatches of how the government wrestles with the question of providing better healthcare for the nation's residents. The debate now in Congress has proven to be a...

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Medsphere's Open Source Health Upgrade

The other day I spoke with Rick Jung, COO of Medsphere, providers of the commercial open source health care software package OpenVista. Their mission: to get health care providers of all strata to use open source, save...

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Open-Source Community Welcomes New EHR Certification Possibilities

While big-picture health reform efforts on Capitol Hill are getting most of the mainstream media attention this month, another more focused kind of reform also is under way a few blocks down the road.Last week, a...

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CIO Chat: Open Source Meets Health Care

How one hospital slashed the cost of its electronic medical records implementation[Interview with David Whiles, CIO of Midland Memorial Hospital]Changing from paper charts to electronic medical records sounds like a...

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Code Red

The central contention of Barack Obama’s vision for health care reform is straightforward: that our health care system today is so wasteful and poorly organized that it is possible to lower costs, expand access, and...

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Open Source EHRs Set to Grow; Government backing gives open source a boost.

(Editor's note: For more on open source software, read the June 2009 print cover story titled "Open Sesame.")On the surface, open source technology seems questionable—software engineers finagling with code and cobbling...

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Is VistA a viable replacement for paper records?

How is it possible that only 1.5 percent of hospitals in the United States have gone paperless? Furthermore, how is it possible that West Virginia—which is not exactly a financial or technological hotbed—is one of the...

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Few hospitals go paperless using free VA software

Electronic record system helps W. Va.In a country where just 1.5 percent of US hospitals have fully computerized records, one of the poorest and least technologically advanced states has created a paperless records...

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An Affordable Fix for Modernizing Medical Records

At Midland Memorial Hospital in Texas, nurse William Winslett used to spend hours deciphering physician's scribbled notes, filling out forms and retrieving misplaced patient charts. Worst of all was the pneumatic tube...

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VA's VistA EHR System Could Be Low-Cost Option for Hospitals

The Veterans Health Administration's open-source electronic health record system could be an effective and low-cost option for non-Veterans Affairs hospitals that are seeking to implement such a system but have been...

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