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Q&A: OSEHRA CEO Seong Mun on iEHR, future of open source

Leading up to the 3rd annual OSHERA summit, CEO Seong Mun answers questions on unifying VistA under a standard codebase and the odds of VistA coming out on top in the DoD EHR vendor search.

Data Triage for the Boston Bombing: How Beth Israel Deaconess Protected Patient Records From Hackers, Journalists, and Curious Doctors

FastCompany interviews John Halamka, MD, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess on the IT security protocols used to thwart hackers and journalists from accessing victim’s medical records in the post-marathon bombing hours while its staff treated both bombing victims, and then later that week bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tony Abbott eager to overhaul e-health system

Leading up to federal elections in Australia, Opposition leader Tony Abbott vows to overhaul the struggling patient-controlled electronic health record program if elected. The PCEHR program has been widely criticized due to cost overruns and dismal patient engagement.

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  1. I may be a big fan of both Cerner and Epic, but I have to admit that many of the changes John Halamka put into place after the Boston Bombing would be largely impossible unless he had already put into place an EHR where he controlled the code. Neither Cerner nor Epic would be able to (or necessarily want to) create custom code of this nature in that short time period.

  2. ” And also if you go and build around a certain operating system, like Unix, that is open source, it is tested and provided to the end-user with certification, service, warranty, installation, all that.”

    If you’re going to be lecturing about open source, you should probably understand what Unix (or rather UNIX) means. Unix is not open source by default (try getting the source to HP-UX or AIX and selling your own fork, BSD you can though), GNU/Linux is, but Linux is not Unix 🙂

  3. @What Code? — Perhaps I misunderstood some of these changes, then. I had the impression that they certainly did do lots of grunt work but that they also rearranged their whole setup in terms of security in their homegrown application. Perhaps Mr HISTalk can get Halamka to clarify?







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