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World-changing JS from Developing World Healthcare: HospitalRun and the JS Foundation

10.04.2017 at Node.js Interactive


Joel Worrall (HospitalRun)

In 2014, a small, global team of JavaScript developers [working within an NGO] began to leverage technologies like Ember, Node.js, and Electron as well as concepts like offline-first to offer free, easy-to-use, open source software for developing world healthcare. The result is HospitalRun, a recently added member project to the JS Foundation. Through the genesis of the project, the objectives that bind the community, and the impact goals and achievements thus far, consider how open source projects like HospitalRun could drive world-changing technology and human impact from the bottom up.
Joel Worrall currently serves as the Chief Technologist for Masterworks, an agency focused on serving local and global relief and rescue nonprofit organizations. He's also a part of the core team for HospitalRun, a JavaScript-based open source project focused on delivering free, easy-to-use software for developing world healthcare. Previously, Joel spent 8 years as the CTO and head of marketing for CURE International, a global medical nonprofit which inspired and incubated the HospitalRun project. You can read more at, or you can reach Joel everywhere on the Interwebs @tangollama