Health Foo Camp

I am happy to announce that I have been invited to the first ever Health Foo Camp. There is not even a web-page for this yet, but it has been previously announced on the RWJF blog

FOO stands for Friends of O’Reilly. It is an invitation event that puts some of the top geeks and thinkers in the same room. This is the first health-focused FOO camp.

This is a pretty big deal for me. The moment I first heard of Foo Camp, I realized that going to one was on my bucket list.

This was similar to the first time I realized that Regina Holliday sometimes auctions off her art. I realized that being wealthy enough to win an auction of one of her art work was my new definition of being rich… I also secretly covet one of her custom jackets.

Anyways, when something like this happens I begin to realize that maybe I am making the difference I want to with my life. It looks like people are finally taking this whole Open Source Health Software thing as seriously as I do. Its a pretty awesome feeling and after sharing a celebratory dinner with my wife, and soaking up the good news for a few days, I thought my readers might like to share in my sense of satisfaction. At least I think I have readers….

-FT

Speaking at OSCON

Hi,

I am honored to announce that I will be speaking at OSCON 2010 on the healthcare track.

This talk is my “Health of the Source” talk. My intention in this talk is to cover both the “spirit” of Open Source in Healthcare as well as the “letter” of what is specifically going on right now. If you are unfamiliar with Open Source in Healthcare, and you can only attend one single talk on the subject, you should attend my talk. You will learn the most about the most different things. If you want to attend more than one talk, you should probably read Andy Orams summary of the OSCON healthcare talks.

As always, I am asking my readers and followers to tweet me about things that are happening in Open Source Healthcare that I should mention. If you could not get a spot at the conference but you are doing something wonderful, let me know and I will try and mention your work to the right people.

-FT

OSCON includes Healthcare

Update: I am speaking at the 2010 OSCON.

I am happy to spread the news that OSCON, probably the most important Open Source conference in the country, will have a healthcare track in 2010.

Andy Oram has explained the decision to add a healthcare track to OSCON.

They have asked me to help promote the conference and I want to be sure that our community offers up the very best in talks and technical content. This is a really good way to access the developer mind-share in the broader Open Source community and we need to jump all over it.

I can honestly say that this conference will be vastly more important than the little shindig I am putting on in Houston. If you had to attend just one of the two, then you should probably go to OSCON… God bless you if you can go to both!!

With a healthcare track at OSCON, and a healthcare track at SCALE (DOHCS) we are finally moving towards general Open Source healthcare meetups.

I should take a moment to promote OpenMRS, CONNECT and WorldVistA all of which have great project-focused meetings already.

Happy days!

-FT