Open Source Primer: What Public Health Needs to Know

June 13, 2017
Free for AMIA members; $50 for non-members
Noam H. Arzt, PhD, FHIMSS

The AMIA Public Health Informatics Working Group is proud to present this webinar. 

The open source world can be a confusing one, replete with strange terms and concepts that are often misunderstood. This presentation will reduce the mystery behind open source by defining key concepts that relate to the intellectual property rights surrounding software. Open source represents a strategy that manager, technologists, and policy makers all must understand as its use (and neglect!) has implications in all domains. Strategies for success for public health systems will also be offered, as well as a case study from a public health domain. 

Learning Objectives

After participating in this activity, the learner should be better able to:

  • Identify key differences between Open Source and proprietary software
  • Identify how open source software might better (and more cheaply) support/enhance the use of information technology to improve services and data management
  • Implement strategies that can be employed within public health to leverage Open Source offerings 
  • Understand the notion of the Open Source "Community" and its usefulness to public health.

Speaker Information

Noam H. Arzt, PhD, FHIMSS
President, HLN Consulting, LLC

Noam Arzt is president of HLN Consulting, LLC, a leading public health IT consulting company. He has been active in public health systems strategy, planning, development and implementation for more than twenty years. Dr. Arzt holds Bachelors, Masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity is professionals and students interested in biomedical and health informatics.

Accreditation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The American Medical Informatics Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Criteria for Successful Completion

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  • Viewing the live webinar
  • Completion of the evaluation survey emailed at the webinar's conclusion, and 
  • Verification of attendance through the participant's electronic report through the individual login to AMIA Central at 

The physician participant will be able to generate a CME certificate through the AMIA automated system. 
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Commercial Support

No commercial support was received for this activity.

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Disclosures for this Activity

The following planners and staff who are in a position to control the content of this activity disclose that they and their life partners have no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests:  

Working Group webinar planner: Christina Stephan
AMIA staff: Susanne Arnold
Content Reviewer: Seth Foldy
Presenter Noam Arzt discloses that he is a stockholder in HLN Consulting, LLC.

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