Open source healthcare, mobile banking

Posted on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 – 05:17 am at mobilehealthwatch.com | mhealthnews.com

Back in the early days of the HIMSS Medical Banking Project’s Cooperative Open-source Medical Banking Architecture & Technology (COMBAT) Initiative, the late John Hardin and I began exchanging emails with Tim O’Reilly, a bastion of the open source movement, arguing the case for the intersection of open source, open standards and medical banking technologies. Today, healthcare is a major theme of his open source connection, OSCON 2010, which runs July 19-23, 2010. Andy Oram has an excellent track summary over at his O’Reilly radar blog which I will not recreate here.

Those interested in mHealth will note from the healthcare track especially that Teddy Bachour will address Microsoft clinical documentation and patient records sharing APIs and open source tool kits, and Roni Zeiger will report on how Google Health’s API facilitates interactions with mobile devices. In addition, there is a track dedicated entirely to mobile sessions, where, in part, one will learn "why Android is so important, and the crucial role that web standards will play in mobile." The track covers Android and iPhone, as well as others.

The adoption rate of the Google open source handset operating system, Android, is still dwarfed by that of the iPhone, but Javelin notes that it "is growing at an astronomical rate."

"Android and iPhone owners by far are the biggest users of mobile banking. They are typically younger, on-the-go consumers who use smartphones as their primary tool for communication – including monitoring their bank accounts and making mobile payments," said James Van Dyke, Javelin President and Founder. “While mobile banking stalled in 2010 as consumers expressed concerns about security and financial institutions focused their attention on the fallout from the economy, the increase in smartphone usage bodes well for the future of mobile banking."

Of interest to Cisco fans is that while Android does not factor into its HealthPresence offering, it does in regard to the recently announced Cius.