Andy Oram writes in EMR & HIPPA ( about the potential merger of the i2b2 Foundation with the tranSMART Foundation.  Andy reflects “as a harbinger of progress in medicine, the announcement is very significant”.  Andy continues “Their timely merger shows that open source overcomes cultural and institutional barriers… Ultimately, they’ll contribute to the movement to target cures to patients, proceeding now under the name Precision Medicine.”

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 Andy Oram is an editor at O’Reilly Media, a highly respected book publisher and technology information provider. An employee of the company since 1992, Andy currently specializes in open source, software engineering, and health IT,