Health IT, Open Source, and You*
Now is the time for Health Information Technology. The challenges of building an interoperable health system have been well documented. Get an overview of what's going on, learn about the role and impact of open source in health IT, and find out how you can get involved.
With the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka “the Stimulus Bill”) – Health IT has been put in the spotlight.
This session will start with a broad overview of the issues that have plagued health IT, highlight some of the progress to date, and examine the role and impact of open source in advancing interoperability and health information exchange.
We’ll continue with a demonstration of the LAIKA interoperability testing tool, an overview of other popular open source health IT projects, and let you know more about ways you can get involved with some of these ongoing efforts.
Alex creates beautiful software at OpenSourcery in Portland, OR.
I live in the great city of Chicago with my wife, son, and two cats.
Studied the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the Johns Hopkins University. I’ve held a number of different technology positions in various industries like software development, finance, and biotech.
I have since settled into the Health IT field – specifically health IT policy, standards and interoperability between electronic health records, personal health records, and health information exchanges.
I now work with CCHIT (the Certification Commission for Health IT – cchit.org). I work with a wide variety of industry stakeholders to develop the interoperability requirements for the different certification domains and help conduct the interoperability testing during the certification process.
My interests revolve around improving the quality of health care delivery by advancing and making available information technology in the clinical domain. I’m also interested in the medical home concept, overall health care redesign, and how open source (software, community, and culture) can play a huge part in helping us all realize some fairly ambitious goals.
Certification Technology Engineer
Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology