This is amazing stuff:

Senator John D. Rockefeller has proposed legislation to encourage development of interoperable systems for universal medical records. The bill, known as the Health Information Technology Public Utility Act of 2009, calls for the government to implement a grant program to facilitate the development of open source software and open standards that will help meet this goal.

I hope it comes to pass. I’ve been banging on for years that the NHS should be encouraging (and funding!) open-source development of software for Electronic Patient Record systems etc, but people just look at me like I’m barking mad…