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

Deborah Bryant (Bryant Group)
Location: F151
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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

Bryant Group

Deb has earned an international reputation for expertise in the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector, providing direct guidance and consultation to government on issues like project governance, community models, open source best practices, and open data initiatives.

While at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab (OSU OSL) she founded the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) and helped state, local and federal government agencies with their adoption of open source software.

Deb serves on numerous boards with an emphasis on open source as enabling technology – Board Adviser for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation ; National Steering Committee for Open Source for America ; Board Adviser to Code for America ; Board Adviser to Civic Commons ; Member of Crisis Congress ; Advisory Council Member, Intrahealth International Director for

Deb received an O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2010 Open Source Award in recognition of her contribution to open source communities and advocating its use in government.

Deb was elected in April of 2012 to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board of directors:

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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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