“Open source is fundamental. The fact that we don’t have open healthcare reflects the deepness of our problem,” said Eric Topol, MD.
Arlington, Massachusetts (PRWEB) October 15, 2018
The debut issue of the Open Source Healthcare Journal, a magazine advocating innovative open-source solutions in health, will be available for preview by over 2,000 technology innovators and healthcare providers at the Connected Health Conference at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, October 17-19. The Open Source Healthcare Journal's forward-looking point of view is the perfect match for the industry-leading conference, known for provocative discussions on the future of tech-enabled health. The first issue of the journal — published by GoInvo, a healthcare design studio located in Arlington, Massachusetts — features a Q&A with digital health leader and best-selling author Eric Topol, MD as well as articles by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn of HealthcareDIY and Juhan Sonin of MIT and GoInvo.
“We demand that our healthcare services be open to inspect and correct bias, and to be accessible for rapid innovation and evolution,” said Juhan Sonin, director of GoInvo. “Together with leaders and progressive thinkers in digital health, we are having a dialogue about open source in healthcare. We need to put a fine point on a mission critical part of our healthcare system, that is dominated by closed services, limited access, lack of transparency into pricing, and no patient-data ownership, which impacts all of our health.”
Sarasohn-Kahn is a health economist and advisor supporting organizations at the intersection of health, technology and people. She founded THINK-Health and the Health Populi blog after working for 10 years with healthcare consultancies in the U.S. and Europe. Her clients are all stakeholders in health: technology, bio/life sciences, providers, plans, retail, financial services, food and consumer goods. Sarasohn-Kahn is a frequent speaker and also contributes to the Huffington Post.
“Open source is fundamental. The fact that we don’t have open healthcare reflects the deepness of our problem,” said Topol. Topol is a classically trained clinician who fights for patient rights as the atomic unit of healthcare, a stance outlined in his book “The Patient Will See You Now.” His Precision Medicine Initiative, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to build hyper-personalized medical solutions — all under the umbrella of open science, open results, and open outcomes for all humans.
“Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and Eric Topol are healthcare visionaries who know the power of openness and transparency” said Sonin, who serves as the editor of the Open Source Healthcare Journal. “By open sourcing all of our research and designs, it enables everyone trying to create better outcomes — from the patients themselves to corporate interests to government health IT— to build upon our work for their own initiatives.”
GoInvo’s own open-source initiatives have been featured in publications such as WIRED, NPR, and Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare Magazine.
The Open Source Healthcare Journal will be available for general public distribution in both print and digital formats on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from http://www.opensourcehealthcare.org as well as via Amazon, Apple iBooks Store, and local booksellers.
GoInvo’s design practice is dedicated to innovation in healthcare. Over the past decade, we’ve created beautiful software for patients, clinicians, researchers, and administrators, working with organizations as far-reaching as AstraZeneca, Becton Dickinson, Johnson and Johnson, 3M Health Information Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Walgreens. We are a mission-driven organization made up of expert designers, engineers, researchers, and futurists, founded on the idea of making tangible and positive change in the world. Visit http://www.goinvo.com to learn more about how we’re designing the future of healthcare.