How open source can improve health care

Three perspectives on the links between health care, government and open source.

The Health IT track at OSCON this week brought together three of the thought leaders working to create a Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). They are:

David Riley, head of the CONNECT initiative for the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Program. Riley is responsible for creating the product direction and overseeing product development for CONNECT.

Brian Behlendorf is a collaboration advisor for the CONNECT project, and he co-founded the Apache Web Server Project.

Arien Malec is the coordinator for NHIN Direct, where he manages the activities of a public-private group that’s developing specifications for data transport in support of the meaningful use rules.

With the health information technology industry ramping up to help physicians and hospitals meet meaningful use, there is opportunity to bring open source solutions to bear. At the intersection of health care, government and open source, these three have a unique perspective on how to address the pressing needs within health care. Watch below as they give an overview of their efforts and explain how open source solutions can help improve our health care system.


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