Infectious disease surveillance system goes open source

Fighting disease is important, but fighting disease with an open-source system may actually prove even more important.

I reported earlier on the Collaborative Software Initiative's important work with the State of Utah on an infectious disease surveillance system. This week CSI and the State of Utah announced that the system has been open sourced as the Trisano Project:

TriSano is an open source, citizen-focused infectious disease surveillance system that allows local, state and federal entities to collaborate for the good of public health. With TriSano, the Collaborative Software Initiative provides a forum in which subject matter experts (i.e., doctors, nurses and epidemiologists) and software developers work together to facilitate the cre-ation of citizen-centric public health applications. This innovation ensures application features meet the specific requirements of each jurisdiction, allowing public health employees to achieve the goal of protecting lives.

The system itself is useful, but open source makes it broadly applicable and outside the control of any particular government or vendor. It's awesome to see CSI turn open source into something much bigger than just code and licensing. Great work!

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