The California HealthCare Foundation donated open source software components for master patient index and records locator applications to Open Health Tools. This is another go at the project. I have been posting quite a bit about hospital connectivity, and the vendors listed here are working on another end of the integration process, the records in the doctor’s offices having connectivity. When you look at the listing below, you will find most of the larger EHR/EMR Vendors participating, we all want to be connected and share data, good for our health. Once completed, other vendors can also incorporate the code into their software as well and brings us closer to more standardization. BD
Multiple software vendors this week are testing a beta version of open source server technology to aid in establishing interoperability among disparate health information systems.
The vendors are participating in the 10th annual Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise Connectathon in Chicago. Sponsored by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the Radiological Society of North America, Connectathon is a prelude to the Interoperability Showcase at the 2009 HIMSS Conference & Exhibition, April 4-8 in Chicago. Vendors must participate in the Connectathon to demonstrate at the Interoperability Showcase.
The technology is component software called OpenPIXPDQ, based on the Patient Identifier Cross-Reference and Patient Demographic Query function models previously developed by Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise participants. Misys Open Source Solutions, a division of London-based Misys plc, is leading development of the component software. Others involved include Eclipsys Corp., eClinicalWorks Inc., NextGen Healthcare Information Systems Inc., Siemens Healthcare, GE Healthcare and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.