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OSCon preview: Shahid N. Shah on medical devices and open source

I talked recently with Shahid N. Shah, who is speaking in the health care track at the O'Reilly Open Source convention later this month about The Implications of Open Source Technologies in Safety-critical Medical Device Platforms. Shahid and I discussed:

Podcast (MP3)

  • Why the data generated from medical devices is particularly reliable patient-related information, and its value for improving treatment

  • The value of connecting these devices to electronic health records, and the kinds of research this enables

  • The role of open source software in making it easier for device manufacturers to add connectivity--and to get it approved by the FDA

  • How it's time for regulators such as the Department of Health and Human Services to take a look at how devices can contribute to better health care

Another OSCon health-care-related posting is my video interview about the Indivo X personal health record with Daniel Haas.

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