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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Healthcare eHealth Record (EHR): IBM donates open source XDS Registry work to OHF

IBM has announced it is donating the work on client tools for secure information sharing to the OHC project. The donation includes client side support for XDS, PIX, PDQ and ATNA. See http://wiki.eclipse.org/index.php/OHF for details and links to the source code (150,000 lines).

The XDS system (cross-enterprise secure document exchange - XDS) is built using the code-base originally developed by NIST using the ebXML OMAR open source registry toolset (http://www.freebXML.org). Beginning in 2005 the IBM research lab in Israel began integrating the ebXML registry portion of this solution using the OMAR codebase.

The software, contributed to the Eclipse Foundation's Open Healthcare Framework (OHF) project, provides a mechanism to connect isolated "islands" of information that today reside throughout the healthcare system to any Health Information Exchange (HIE). Software developers will also be able to build applications that can aggregate and sift through this information to improve healthcare delivery and research while protecting individual privacy.

The upcoming HIMSS 2007 conference will feature live demonstrations as part of the IHE 2007 Connectathon between participants solutions all using the XDS Registry ebXML technology as a foundation layer. You can find out more details on this event from - http://ohf-dev.blogspot.com/ and the developers involved. In addition to IBM there are more than 20 ISVs involved, including Blueware, CapMed, Mandriva, PossibilityForge, SynSeer and WellLogic.

The OHC solution is also demonstrated at the current first ever Healthcare Day at Linux World Conference & Expo. Full report from that event is available at: http://ohf-dev.blogspot.com/

Additional news coverage can be found in the national technology news media including:

SYS-CON Enterprise Source Magazine: IBM donates code to open source health project (8/10/06) http://opensource.sys-con.com/read/258587.htm

InformationWeek: IBM Donates Code To Help Doctors Share Data (8/10/06) URL: http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=191900503


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