50% of women disagree with their doctors about the nature of the problem they are experiencing. Source: Annals of Internal Medicine, 2005.
New research from The Pew Internet & American Life Project, an initiative of the Pew Research Center, shows that 35 percent of U.S. adults say they have used the internet to try to figure out what medical condition they or another may have. The study refers to those who searched for answers on the internet as “online diagnosers.” Of this group, fifty-three percent of online diagnosers talked with a clinician about what they found online. This includes searches related to serious conditions, general information searches, and searches for minor health problems.
The study highlights that many U.S. adults have now added the internet to their personal health toolbox, helping themselves and their loved ones better understand what might be ailing them. Open Source Health is committed to bridging the gap between online health seekers and current offerings.
New research from The Pew Internet & American Life Project, an initiative of the Pew Research Center, shows that one in three American adults have gone online to figure out a medical condition. Of this group:
- 77 percent of online health seekers say they began at a search engine such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo
- another 13 percent say they began at a site that specializes in health information, like WebMD
- 2 percent say they started their research at a more general site like Wikipedia
- and an additional 1 percent say they started at a social network site like Facebook
Mathematical Physicist and Medical Data Scientist To Lead Open Source Heath’s Medical Research, Data Science and Nanotechnology Development
Toronto, Ontario Canada – March 27, 2014: Open Source Health Inc., (“Open Source Health” / “the Company”) (CSE:OSH) a digital integrated healthcare company dedicated to advancing life-long solutions for women’s health and wellness is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Joseph Geraci as Chief Science Officer (“CSO”).
Dr. Geraci brings his unique expertise in data science, neuroscience, clinical biomarker development, and algorithm creation to Open Source Health. His work focuses on using mathematical methods to construct models of disease and wellness that go beyond the classical top-down clinical definitions, and it will bolster Open Source Health’s suite of patient care programs and strategic research initiatives. He will report directly to CEO, Sonya Satveit, as they oversee Open Source Health’s nanotechnology development and healthcare informatics outreach along with the Company’s competitive data strategy.
“Dr. Geraci brings a tremendous skillset to Open Source Health’s integrative health care initiatives,” stated Sonya Satveit, CEO of Open Source Health. “I am confident that with Dr. Geraci’s assistance we are going to achieve major breakthroughs in women’s healthcare while building a significant revenue stream for funded research.”
Dr. Geraci commented about joining the Open Source Health team, “Knowing that hormones have an integral impact on women’s health, my involvement with the Company is an exciting opportunity for me to advance the understanding of the interplay between hormone levels and biological markers to create truly innovative technologies that will assist women in taking control of their own vitality. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to apply my scientific expertise towards such a monumental endeavor.”
Dr. Joseph Geraci will continue to spend a portion of his time at Queen’s University, as an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Pathology and Molecular Medicine and as a Scientific Associate at the University Health Network (UHN) in Psychiatry. His work at Queen’s is focused on cancer biomarker development and novel treatment approaches, whereas at UHN he is leading the advanced data analysis approaches for CANBIND – a cross Canada depression study funded by the Ontario Brain Institute, CIHR, Lundbeck, and Servier. Dr. Geraci’s clinical and scientific experience with depression will play a critical role during our exploration of several issues including postpartum mood disorders and in the development of the resulting technological devices and algorithms.
About Open Source Health:
Open Source Health takes a truly patient-centered approach and is in the business of providing a real-time integrative healthcare solution for women in an open source architecture. Open Source Health is set to lead the current healthcare revolution by capitalizing on the latest trends in: digital health, personalized health, social health, mobile health, and participatory medicine.
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Heather Heaman (CBI Home Health) brings her extensive industry experience to Open Source Health’s Board of Directors
Toronto Ontario, Canada – March 24, 2014: Open Source Health Inc., (“Open Source Health” or “the Company”) (CSE: “OSH”) a digital integrated healthcare company dedicated to advancing life-long solutions for women’s health and wellness, announces that it has appointed Heather Heaman to its Board of Directors. Effective immediately, John Garden has resigned as a director of the Company.
“I’d like to thank John Garden for his service and guidance on behalf of the Board,” said Sonya Satveit, CEO of Open Source Health. “John’s involvement was instrumental in getting us through the public listing process.”
Newly appointed, Heather Heaman, was formerly President of Heaman Communication Services, a private Speech-Language Pathology practice that was acquired by CBI Home Health in June of 2013. Ms. Heaman continues her leadership role as Director of Operations with CBI Home Health, and brings her extensive experience in patient services, risk management, performance improvement and strategic directions to Open Source Health.
“Heather brings years of leadership, entrepreneurship and medical services experience to our board,” said Sonya Satveit, “Heather has incredible strategic insight, and we look forward to working with her as we grow shareholder value.” Heather Heaman commented, “I am delighted to join the Board of Directors of Open Source Health and am looking forward to working with such an exceptional team. I believe the work that the Company is doing will change the healthcare landscape, and their platform will be a huge win for female patients.”
The Board of Directors of Open Source Health Inc. now consists of Gary Bartholomew, Executive Chairman; Sonya Satveit, CEO; Eric Leslie, President of Merchant Equities Capital Corp. and newly elected Heather Heaman.
About Open Source Health Inc.:
Open Source Health takes a truly patient-centered approach and is in the business of providing a real-time integrative healthcare solution for women in an open source architecture. Open Source Health is set to lead the current healthcare revolution by capitalizing on the latest trends in: digital health, personalized health, social health, mobile health, and participatory medicine. For more information, visit www.opensourcehealth.com
Open Source Health imagines women’s health care differently.
We imagine a world where women are in total control of their healthcare. In this new integrative model, women come to an online platform and they consult with the doctors and complementary health specialists of their choice. They have quick access to the information they need to map their health and wellness plan, and if they want to browse, learn and have their questions answered, they can do it all in one place. They are sent personalized news that is curated for them, based on their profile, their test results, and it’s even delivered in a way that makes sense based on their level of medical expertise. They easily find up-to-date research that applies to their particular symptoms, and they have access to the best care available from the comfort of their homes.
These proactive patients skip the long wait at the doctor’s office while they purchase in-home test kits, upload their results and receive expert advice on next steps. Some will choose to go through a health program, and they will learn how to achieve the best possible results within their brick-and-mortar healthcare system. Women can choose to share their records and files with their family doctors, or their naturopaths; and they can interact with a support network of women who understand exactly what they have been going through. Each patient can interact with the Open Source platform in a way that makes the most sense to her needs – the choice is hers- and she is given the tools that she needs no matter what path she decides to take.
We are building this platform, because we believe that a women’s specific healthcare platform is long overdue. We know that your symptoms matter, and we want to put you in touch with the doctors and experts that agree with you.
Boston-based technology executive set to lead OSH’s Virtual Integrative Health Platform Development
Toronto, Canada – March 4, 2014: Open Source Health Inc. (CSE:OSH) a digital integrated healthcare company dedicated to advancing life-long solutions for women’s health and wellness is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Bingham as Chief Technology Officer.