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[News] IBM Pushes Open Standards Into Healthcare

Geisinger Health System and IBM Join Forces to Implement Patient Centric
Healthcare Model for 21st Century

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| The CDIS, which utilizes open standard based technology, will serve as
| the foundation for Geisinger's integrated clinical, financial,
| operational, claims, genomic and other medical data in a format that
| allows for rapid analysis and reporting of vital insights from millions
| of patient encounters.


That's how it's done:

IBM brings electronic medical records one step closer through open technology

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| IBM today announced a major step in the drive toward a national
| electronic medical records system by contributing software technology
| that supports the exchange of healthcare information to the open source 
| community.


Editor's Corner (on Open Source in Healthcare)

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| Suggesting that a private healthcare provider switch from
| proprietary software to open source-based applications is one
| thing. But when an official affiliated with as august a body as
| the United Nations suggests that all member countries adopt open
| source for their healthcare applications, that's a much bigger deal.


Healthcare, Meet Open Source  

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| "Medical facilities and doctors all have their own ways of communicating
| and distributing medical information much of it hard copy," Scott Handy,
| vice president of worldwide Linux and open source at IBM, told
| internetnews.com.
| "There is no good way to transmit medical information because there was
| no standard."
| Even with a standard in place, solutions would still be difficult to come
| by, which is why IBM is open sourcing an implementation of a health
| care information exchange standard. 


That's how it should _not_ be done:

Microsoft in the NHS

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| Microsoft is one of the key technology firms in the £6.2 billion NHS
| IT programme. It is working particularly closely with iSOFT ...


CfH refutes computer failure claims

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| "Very often they are not major incidents as such, but could be caused when
| a patient administration system is running slow or there may be problems
| with the local network. The severity level is attributed by the user and
| this is subsequently very often down graded or amended."
| Many of the incidents that have been reported by CfH include failure of
| the systems used by surgeons to see X-ray pictures on a computer screen
| in wards and operating theatres. On some occasions the system is believed
| to have crashed during an operation, forcing surgeons to suspend the
| procedure while a hard copy of the X-ray is found.


Accenture escapes £1bn penalty for NHS walk-out

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| Accenture, the IT and consultancy firm has avoided huge penalty fees for 
| withdrawing from the UK National Programme for IT (NPfIT).


Accenture: NHS failure is 'track record for success'

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| After months of negotiations, Accenture handed contracts worth £2bn over
| to rival Computer Sciences Corporation after getting paid just £110m
| for spending a third of the allotted 10 years on the job. Its hand had
| been forced by losses of $450m it was set to make on the deal this
| year.


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