Open Healthcare Framework

Monday, March 26, 2007

OHF goes Europe

In addition to the growing number or European committers in OHF, we have an increasing European activity.

The European Connectathon is getting closer. We'll have at least two committers there supporting our users (Sarah and Matt). If you'll be around go ahead and ask them about OHF.

Werner Keil posted an article named "Open Health Framework (OHF): Eclipse jetzt auch im Gesundheitswesen" in the last Eclipse Magazine (volume 10).

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Report from EclipseCon

hi All

Last week we gathered at EclipseCon in Santa Clara CA. Most of the OHF committers were able to make the meeting, and OHF had a number of activities, ranging from a long presentation to a committers meeting as part of the healthcare day on Thurs. In addition, some of us were able to make it down to IBM Almaden for a followup day on Friday.

One of the more important parts of EclipseCon was the OHF evening meeting in the bar most nights.

(From left, Paul, Kristen, Bill and Grahame)

We covered a lot of business, had some fierce arguments about architecture, and planned for an upcoming release and a rework of the OHF web site (desperately needed).

We also agreed to split the OHF project into OHF and OHF-incubation. This is required to meet some Eclipse process requirements, but we will attempt to make it as painless as possible - there really is only one OHF project, but parts of it are in incubation. The eclipse processes for this are in process.

The most important news is that OHF is on the home straight in preparing our first release. We are still finalising what components will be included, and the actual configuration, but we hope to do this release sometime in March. This will be an incubation release - that's all we can do until we split the project up to meet Eclipse reqiurements.

And just in case - in spite of the photo above - that OHF is all work and no play, one of the OHF committers joined in the IBM Sumo wrestling game at the IBM party.

Yay Kristen! (btw, Kristen won convincingly. No, crushingly!)

Monday, March 05, 2007


Late breaking news: OHF is hosting a special healthcare day at the EclipseCon.
You are all welcome to attend.

EclipseCon 2007 Healthcare Day Program
Location: Room 201 at EclipseCon

OHF in Context (8:00 am)
  • Introduction
  • OHF in the Big Healthcare Animal Picture
  • OHF Today
Project Overviews
  • IHE Profiles
  • OHF Bridge
  • HL7
  • STEM
  • CTS
  • Security/Privacy
  • New Projects: SODA / Gello

Looking Forward
1. Public Health Affinity Domains -- Enabling Rapid Response to Global Pandemic Threats
2. Healthcare Service Bus
3. Extensible Healthcare Information Networks
4. OHF at the Point of Care
5. Architecture Convergence

10:00 am Break for Eishay and Matt’s Short Talk (deploying eclipse plugins as web services)

10:30 am Open Health IT Consortium (Skip, Richard, Don)

What is it? Background. Overview.
  • Why is it needed?
  • Mission
  • Stakeholders
  • Governance
  • Ecosystem
  • Technical Plans
12:00- Lunch

1:30 pm- OHF Project Review, Planning and Business
  • Introduction
  • State-of-the-Project Report (Grahame, Don)
  • Subproject Reports
  • Liaison Reports
  • Collaboration w/ Other Eclipse Projects
  • Architecture Overview (Don, Grahame)
  • 2007 Work Plan
  • Other Business

Friday, March 02, 2007

Success at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase

OHF had achieved some amazing results at the HIMSS Interoperability Showcase, demonstrating yet again how an open source community can get things done.
OHF, using the IHE components and the bridge, had enabled IHE based interoperability for eight open source and commercial applications there. We also had a support team on site (Sarah, Sondra, and Matt) to make sure everything ticks, and so it did :-)
The vendors where using the OHF FOSS components to do IHE XDS, PIX, PDQ, and ATNA. Or in other words shearing and searching patient IDs and documents, and sending Audit messages - using secured protocols.

At the HIMSS event we found that one of the OHF users, Practice Partners, was aquiered by McKesson. Technically this makes McKesson a distinguished OHF user :-)
On the same note we should mention that McKesson is partnering with RedHat, a yet another achievement to open source in the healthcare domain.