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April 14, 2008

Open Health Tools, Inc. promotes use of open source software in health care

Open Health Tools, Inc. is a consortium formed by organizations in Australia, Canada, UK and the US to promote the use of open source software in health care.

This initiative is based on the model of the Eclipse Foundation, a community of open source software developers. Skip McGaughey, a co-founder of Ottawa-based Eclipse, is executive director of Asheville, N.C.-based Open Health Tools.

According to their PDF press release, these are the OHT inaugural members:

Government Agencies:
Canada Health Infoway, Inc.
National e-Health Transition Authority (Australia)
National Health Service, Connecting for Health (United Kingdom)
Veterans Health Administration (United States)

Health standards agencies providing open, neutral, international standards for the effort:
Health Level 7
Healthcare Services Specification Project
International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation
Object Management Group

Academia and research:
Linköping University, Sweden
Oregon State University, Open Source Lab
Mohawk College, Ontario

Vendors and open source organizations providing compelling medical software,
services and equipment solutions:

B2 International BT CollabNet
Eclipse IBM Innoopract
Inpriva JP Systems Kestral
NexJ Systems Ocean Informatics Oracle
Ozmosis Palamida Red Hat

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