Andy Oram

Andy Oram is an editor at O'Reilly Media. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source technologies and software engineering. His work for O'Reilly includes the first books ever released by a U.S. publisher on Linux, the 2001 title Peer-to-Peer, and the 2007 best-seller Beautiful Code.

Technical requirements for coordinating care in an Accountable Care Organization

Report from the field by Tony McCormick

The concept of an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) reflects modern hopes to improve medicine and cut costs in the health system. Tony McCormick, a pioneer in the integration of health care systems, describes what is needed on the ground to get doctors working together. Highlights from the full video interview include: What an Accountable Care Organization is. [Discussed at…
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Five elements of reform that health providers would rather not hear about

Data as a platform, patient control, and partnerships are key

The quantum leap we need in patient care requires a complete overhaul of record-keeping and health IT. Leaders of the health care field know this and have been urging the changes on health care providers for years, but the providers are having trouble accepting the changes for several reasons. What’s holding them back? Change certainly costs money, but the industry…
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Inside GitHub’s role in community-building and other open source advances

Inside GitHub’s role in community-building and other open source advances

An interview with Matthew McCullough

In this video interview, Matthew McCullough of GitHub discusses what they’ve learned over time as they grow and watch projects develop there. (more…)
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Democratizing data, and other notes from the Open Source convention

Health care track draws a small and passionate core

There has been enormous talk over the past few years of open data and what it can do for society, but proponents have largely come to admit: data is not democratizing in itself. This topic is hotly debated, and a nice summary of the viewpoints is available in this PDF containing articles by noted experts. At the…
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Social networks are not communities, and other discussions from the Community Leadership Summit

A report from last weekend's unconference

The Community Leadership Summit this past weekend roused thoughts in me about the predictions and analyses I’ve heard over the past few years about social networking and to contrast them with what we were saying about community. I realized that I appreciate social networks but feel much more passionate about communities, and spontaneously called for a session to…
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The key web technologies that work together for dynamic web sites

The key web technologies that work together for dynamic web sites

An interview with the author of Learning PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS

The technologies that led to an explosion of interactive web sites — PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, and CSS — are still as popular today, and a non-programmer can master them quickly.

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Have a healthy conference

Basic tips for wholesome participation

In honor of the third health care track at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, I invite everyone to join me in five ways to have a healthy conference.

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

Michael Italia on making use of data collected in health care settings.

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

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

Open-source SMART platform and Indivo PHR are increasingly integrated

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

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How the federal government helps health care standards evolve

Dr. Lauren Thompson discusses the Federal Health Architecture.

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

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