Health of the Source

Fred Trotter (
Location: F151
Tags: health
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Fred Trotter’s Health of the Source talk is summary of the Open Source Healthcare movement, both its history and its newest directions.

The first few minutes of the talk is fast and furious history lesson and introduction to Health Informatics generally. You will get a short lesson on “What is VA VistA?” from the person who wrote the original article . In order to understand VistA you need to know how Healthcare Informatics is different from other IT. But once you do understand the fundamentals of Healthcare Informatics, including a whole 30 seconds on health ontologies, you will see why VistA must be what it is. This grasshopper is important… because unless you understand VistA you are doomed to repeat it# .

The history of the Open Source healthcare movement provides context and helpful bias for the rest of the talk, which focuses on the Open Source Healthcare movement of today.

You will learn about Mirth, CONNECT and what the coming NHIN will mean (big hint, its like a new Healthcare Internet and if you are smart, you might be the guy who invents the equivalent of Amazon and ebay for that new network)

You will learn about new competitors to VistA; Open Source EHR applications like OpenMRS, OpenEMR, Tolven and ClearHealth. You will learn which companies are taking VistA to the next level.

You will hear the latest and greatest regarding Invido X, the leading Open Source PHR.

You will hear how Open Source is revolutionizing Clinical Trails (OpenClinica) and Health Data warehousing and research (CABig…) How Open Source is being used in public health and disaster response.

This talk is designed to introduce you to a whole new culture. You will not just get a laundry list of important FOSS projects in healthcare, but the context of why each project is important to the movement as a whole. Moreover, you will learn why Open Source is the only thing that can address the requirements of a modern healthcare system.

Listen to a podcast interview with Fred Trotter on how open source and health IT are working together

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Fred Trotter

Fred Trotter is the leading consultant and advocate for Free/Libre and Open Source (FOSS) Health Software. In recognition of his role within the Open Source Health Informatics community, Trotter was the only Open Source representative invited by the NCVHS to testify on the definition of ‘meaningful use’.

Trotter has contributed code to FreeMed, OpenEMR is the current project manager of MirrorMed and the original author of FreeB, the worlds first GPL medical billing engine. In 2004 Fred Trotter received the LinuxMedNews achievement award for work on FreeB. Fred Trotter manages the Open Source EHR review project with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), Open Source Working Group (oswg). Fred is also a member of WorldVistA.

Fred Trotter is a recognized expert in Free and Open Source medical software and security systems. He has spoken on those subjects at the SCALE DOHCS conference, Retail Healthcare conference, LinuxWorld, and DefCon. He has been quoted in multiple articles on Health Information Technology in several print and online journals, including WIRED, zdnet, Government Health IT, Modern Healthcare Online, Linux Journal, Free Software Magazine and LinuxMedNews.

Trotter has a B.S in Computer Science, a B.A in psychology and a B.A in philosophy from Trinity University. Trotter minored in Business Administration, Cognitive Science, and Management Information Systems. Before working directly on health software, Trotter passed the CISSP certification and consulted for VeriSign on HIPAA security for major hospitals and health institutions. Trotter was originally trained on information security at the Air Force Information Warfare Center.

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