John Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor at Stanford and a friend of Open Medicine, and Andrew Feenberg, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Technology at SFU, gave presentations recently about the spirit of openness as it relates to critical theory of the last century.
Interior Health (IH) is one of 5 geographic regional health authorities in British Columbia, Canada, serving over 737,000 residents with a variety of health services, including acute care, home and community care, mental health and addictions, public health and corporate services (IHA, 2008). A significant proportion of our diverse and rapidly changing population is considered to be rural/remote (~ 3 people/km2), which has the potential to contribute to challenges in sharing information.
The American broadcaster, National Public Radio (NPR), recently ran a story about doctors who get money from drug companies to promote their drugs. ProPublica has created a free database with the names of doctors and the amount they've received from pharmas.