Two key pillars of the Stage 2 announcement are requirements to use the Direct for data exchange and HL7's consolidated CDA for the format.
HIMSS has promoted good causes, but only recently has it addressed cost, interoperability, and open source issues that can allow health IT to break out of the elite of institutions large or sophisticated enough to adopt the right practices.
VoIP Drupal is a window onto the promises and challenges faced by a new open source project, including its documentation. A meeting at at MIT this week worked out some long-term plans for firming up VoIP Drupal's documentation and other training materials.
Two dramatically opposed announcements from Apple and the state of California put the textbook publishing industry on notice recently that it could be facing rapid disruption. But open textbooks can't be created and altered as easily as open source software.
The real reason hospitals haven't joined health information exchanges, and other reports from the Massachusetts Heath Data Consortium's annual conference.
David Farber offers his big ideas about where the Internet is headed: how long it can last, slaying the bandwidth bottleneck, and waiting for the big breach.
Massachusetts Open Checkbook: running through the ledger of choices and challenges in open government
A tour of the new Massachusetts spending site, accolades and critiques from leading open government advocates, and an examination of it takes to produce data you can query for useful information.
It's a situation crying out for networked transfer, but HIPAA requires careful attention to security and privacy.
Brian W. Kernighan has been working for years to see that policy-makers knos a thing or two about the Internet, and now he has written a book called D is for Digital: What a well-informed person ought to know about computers and and communications.