Open Source is Making a Difference in Health Information Technology (HIT) - So Can You

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The use of open source software (oss) in the area of Health Information IT has grown quietly for a number of years now. Most recently, the use of oss by the US federal government has put a more public spotlight on its potential to overcome system interoperability issues – issues that often impact the quality of decisions made about personal health care.

In this session, public sector advocate Deborah Bryant will share insights into the growing momentum in the use of open source of Health Care information technology (HIT) in the US and abroad with particular focus on the US Federal Government’s influence as a consumer and creator of HIT.

Deborah was recently tapped to provide guidance to the U.S. government Study and Report on the Availability of Open-Source Health Information Technology. The study was mandated by congress and will form the basis of a report back to that body by the Department of Heath and Human Services in October of this year.

Her talk “Open Source is Making a Difference in Health Information Technology (HIT) – So Can You” will introduce you to:

  • Breadth of existing oss HIT applications
  • Potential to effect change by improving the quality and accessibility of patient health information.
  • Snapshot of exemplary oss HIT projects
  • The essential health reform strategy: empower individuals to take charge of their own health.
  • Recent grants, new projects
  • How you can get involved
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Deborah Bryant

Red Hat

Deborah Bryant is Senior Director, Open Source and Standards (OSAS) in the Office of the CTO at Red Hat. The OSAS team is dedicated to ensuring that its upstream communities are wildly successful, and that Red Hat is appropriately involved in the standards bodies that influence Red Hat’s products. This is done through direct participation in projects, supporting community events, providing infrastructure and other project resources, and helping to promote projects to ensure their use and attraction of future developers.

Deborah’s twenty-something year background in tech spans three industries; private industry and start-ups, the public sector and government, and education. She’s been an advocate of open source adoption, governance, policy and economic development across those sectors for the last fifteen and has published a number of studies addressing open source communities and their impact government and the services they provide.

Deborah serves on numerous boards and councils with public trust agendas and an emphasis on open source as enabling technology; National Steering Committee for Open Source for America; Board Adviser to Open Source Digital Voting Foundation, Code for America and Intrahealth International’s Open Council. Most recently she was elected to a three year term as a Board Director by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

During her previous role as Public Sector Communities Manager at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab “(OSU OSL)” Deborah founded the Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) as a collaborative platform with a focus on state and local IT leadership (2005-2011). In 2010 she received an O’Reilly Media Open Source Award in recognition of her contribution to open source communities and advocating the use of free and open source software in government.

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Brian Ahier
07/21/2010 2:03pm PDT

What a fabulous way to start this – thank you :-)

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Brian Ahier
07/18/2010 2:32pm PDT

This is going to be a great way to kick things into gear on the healthcare track – Go Deb!

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