Wow, Houston Texas looks like it will be a hotbed of Health IT activities end of September early October. Astronaut VistA training, AMIA CMIO, Open Source Health Conference and Texas Health IT Summit. In chronologic order:
New and improved! Two day weekend format and much lower price! The third edition of Introduction to VistA System Administration with Astronaut will be held in Houston, Texas, September 25-26th. Limited seats are available. This training event will start you on the journey to Electronic Health Record excellence and will be held in Houston, Texas, Septeber 25-26th, 2010. Details and registration info here.
The VA has issued an RFI for comment on using the Open Source model for VistA including collaborating with the open source community and how to manage such projects: here. This is the chance to be heard that everyone has been waiting for.
Software Freedom Law Center has announced a paper on the dangers of closed-source medical devices. “…The SFLC’s paper proposes a new solution to the software liability nightmare confronting the medical device field: requiring manufacturers of IMDs to make source code auditable. Research indicates that software transparency would make the devices less vulnerable to malicious hackers and security breaches and the public less vulnerable to negligence by the corporations that sell them…”