O'Reilly Open Source Convention

Report on the Health Care Track

The O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) introduced a health care track for the first time in 2010. The track was inspired by O’Reilly Media’s growing interest in the innovations coming out of the intersection of healthcare and technology, was constructed using research and connections to health care innovators built by Tim O’Reilly and other O’Reilly staff, and was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

At the conference, the audience and speakers connected around the following issues:

  • The value of open source software in health care, to spread the benefits of technology to under-served regions and to preserve and allow the interchange of useful health-related data.
  • The uses of electronic health records for data exchange, quality improvement, and cost savings.
  • Patient-centered medicine and modifications in daily behavior.
  • The use of mobile devices to collect and dissemi­nate information.
  • The value of standards to allow exchange and research-related manipulation of health care data.

You can read the full report on the health care track in the download entitled "O’Reilly Open Source Convention: Report on the Health Care Track." Learn more about O'Reilly Media and why it's becoming involved in health care, in the video with Pioneer Team Leader Paul Tarini's and Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc.