Public Health


The following are links to selected collaborative, 'open source' public health IT projects, software, tools, and organizations:     Videos
  • AHRQ Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP) - A free, on-line query system that provides access to health statistics and information on hospital inpatient and emergency department utilization.
  • BioSense Project - A collaborative project aimed to provide public health officials with the data, information and tools they need to coordinate responses to safeguard the health of people in the U.S.
  • CDC Public Health Information Network (PHIN) - A national CDC initiative to improve the capacity of public health practitioners and researchers to use and exchange a range of information electronically.
  • CDC WONDER Public Health Online Databases - Speeds and simplifies access to a wide array of public health information and statistics collected by the CDC to state and local health departments, the Public Health Service, and others.
  • Epi Info & Epi Map - A free, public domain software tool that can generate epidemiologic statistics, tables, graphs, and maps.
  • Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)  - A public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) and drug-related deaths.
  • FDA MedWatch - A gateway for finding clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products.
  • Global Outbreak Alert & Response Network - A WHO technical collaboration of health institutions and networks which pool human and technical resources for the rapid identification, confirmation and response to outbreaks of international importance.
  • Google Public Alerts - Links to information about natural disasters around the world.
  • Health.Data.Gov - A U.S. government web site providing wide range of health data sets and tools in the public domain.
  • HHS Public Health & Emergency Response - A U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) national medical emergency preparedness and response web site.
  • Immunization Information Systems - A tool to increase and sustain high vaccination rates by consolidating vaccination records of children from multiple providers, generating reminder and recall vaccination notices, and more.
  • InSTEDD - A non-profit collaborative organization that has`developed an evolving set of innovative 'open' health tools for responding to Emergencies, Diseases, and Disasters.
  • Open ISES - An open source software, tools and instructional materials for the Emergency Services Community, Emergency Response Teams, and others.
  • Partners in Information Access for Public Health - A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.
  • PopHealth Reporting Project - An open source tool that integrates with a provider’s electronic health record (EHR) system to produce summary quality measures on the provider’s patient population and streamlines the reporting of these measures.
  • Public Health Informatics Institute - Helping public health leaders define the requirements for health information systems that will support their goals for better community health.
  • Public Health Institute - An independent, nonprofit California based organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people across the nation and around the world.
  • Real-time Outbreak & Disease Surveillance (RODS) - Free software for public health surveillance, RODS collects and analyzes disease surveillance data in real time.
  • Red Cross - Information resources and mobile apps for emergency situations.
  • Sahana Software - A series of high quality, free and open source Disaster Management software tools.
  • Ushahidi - A widely used disaster & emergency management software tool.
* Visit Open Health News to find out about the many other Public Health organizations, open source software, mobile apps, and more.


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Government Open Source Policy

Governments throughout the world are recognizing that open source is a viable solution for their mission critical goals.   Among the most recent developments, Australia and the UK have adopted affirmative policy statements on open source.  In January 2011, the U.S. Government issued a directive with a succinct, clear message to Executive Branch IT leaders:   Don't discriminate between proprietary and open source solutions. 



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