Archive for April, 2008

Open Health Tools

As reported here, an international consortium of government agencies, corporations, universities has formed an open-source development effort called Open Health Tools. Its main goal is to tackle the interoperability problems between health care products and services.

The project has some excellent high-powered sponsors, including IBM, the Eclipse foundation, Oracle, and Red Hat. Among the participating Universities are Sweden’s Linkoping University (Biomedical Engineering) and Oregon State’s Open Source Lab.

Its first project will be based on an Extensible Markup Language processing engine that is used by the UK’s National Health Service. The project is also supported by the U.S Veterans Health Administration.

Interoperability problems are major contributors to the high cost of health care in the U.S. Let’s hope this project can gain some traction. Their goal is to add eight new organizations per month.

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