Dr. Halamka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, gave the visionary keynote on Wednesday at the Red Hat Summit, where over 1,000 Red Hat customers, partners and employees have gathered at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Dr. Halamka, an avid Red Hat user in the data center, spoke around two major themes in healthcare. First, he discussed how open standards in healthcare such as those led by the American Health Information Community will serve as a catalyst for improving the quality of care and efficiency in the U.S. Second, personalized medicine based on individualized analysis of genomic data will be used to diagnose and treat patients in a fundamentally different way. Open source is a key enabler for these changes: driving innovation, lowering cost and providing the basic infrastructure necessary for these trends to become a reality.
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