From Apache to Health and Human Services

Apache co-founder Brian Behlendorf discusses the CONNECT health data project.

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Brian Behlendorf, one of the founders of the Apache web server project and the CollabNet cooperative software development company, is contracting now with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the CONNECT software project. CONNECT helps hospitals and agencies exchange medical data, which gives doctors critical information to improve patient care.

Behlendorf, along with project leader David Riley, will speak
at OSCON about the importance of CONNECT and the way they and their colleagues built a robust community of government staff, volunteers, and healthcare IT vendors around it.

Health IT at OSCON 2010Behlendorf discusses the following in this 18-minute podcast:

  • The role of health data in promoting quality care, in improving our knowledge of what works, and in reducing healthcare costs.
  • How HHS is trying to improve the exchange of patient data for hospitals and doctors, agencies monitoring quality of care, and eventually patients themselves.
  • How, with Behlendorf’s help, HHS opened up the CONNECT project, attracted both volunteers and vendors to improve it, and created a community with a sense of ownership.
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  • Gerald Thurman

    Given the huge sums of money that is going to be spent on heath care IT, it’s comforting to know that a computing guru like Behlendorf is playing a key role.

  • Joe McCarthy

    This sounds very promising.

    Quick note: the link above to CONNECT links back to this article. Here’s the correct link for the CONNECT Community Portal that I think you meant to reference.

  • Joe McCarthy

    Favorite quotes:

    [around 5:00]
    “how do we get a longitudinal, semantically meaningful record of a patient’s health?”

    – thinking “MyHealthBits” (a la MyLifeBits)

    [around 8:00]
    “I think many patients feel disconnected from their own health … I would say the majority of people out there view the maintenance of their health as a job they have outsourced to their doctor … having ways to look at [longitudinal] data … would give patients a much greater investment in their own health care, get them more involved, more proactive, and I think healthier.”

    [around 10:00]
    “making the patient a first class participant in the process”

    – thinking prosumers vs. patients

    I like the way he ends up with a linkage between greater health and greater wealth (or at least greater savings)

  • Thomas Weeks

    The one with the fastest OODA Loop Wins! (ie. gains control). But one can’t control the OODA Loop of all the nodes in the system without the data from those nodes. Hence, projects arise everywhere to make your medical data transparent. It’s really quite simple.

    I wonder if Behlendorf understands what he is really doing?

    OODA-PISRR, Part I: The Social Cognition Loop (read the entire 4-part series)