IBM has released a tool to an open-source foundation that helps scientists and public health officials predict the spread of disease. Healthcare researchers say that STEM (Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler) could have been helpful, for example, in monitoring the recent case of a man with tuberculosis who flew on airlines, or the spread of SARS several years ago. A tool like STEM could help save lives in such cases.
OHF (Open Healthcare Framework) is a project of Eclipse, a foundation that develops open-source solutions in a variety of fields. OHF is focused in the area of healthcare informatics technology. The goal is to facilitate the integration of systems through open standards and methods. At the same time, OHF announced that version 0.2.0 of STEM was available for download.