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Our internet is infused with open source ideas and services —from how cell phones communicate, to how e-mail is directed from one person to the next, to Linux. All of these technologies working together are the operating system of the internet.
Here in the US, healthcare is
and mostly closed.
It’s tribal at its core —each hospital, each doc, each healthcare system invents its own way —to the detriment of our collective health.
We live in a closed healthcare system.
The algorithms that drive our care,
to our clinical and life data,
to hospital and treatment pricing,
are governed by blackbox services.
By using these closed systems,
we are actively designed out
of the decision-making process,
in favor of corporate “optimized care”
for optimized returns vs optimized health outcomes.
The crooked biases built into software,
implemented with intent or accidentally,
need interrogation, citizen collaboration, and correction.
It’s our health.
Our very lives are at stake.
We demand that our healthcare services be open
to inspect and correct bias,
to be accessible for rapid innovation and evolution,
and to become more valuable as
more patients, clinicians, clinics, companies, and
governments engage in healthcare for all.