Selected non-profit organizations focused on collaboration, 'open' solutions, and innovation in health care:
* See Open Health News for a more complete listing and information on public and private organizations working on public domain or open source health IT solutions and activities.
- AMIA Open Source Work Group - Providing
information regarding open source projects, benefits and pitfalls to other AMIA
members and working groups.
- Bioinformatics Organization - Known for
its emphasis on open access to biological information as well as on Free and Open
Source Software (FOSS).
- Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) - A national
initiative funded by NIH to advance biomedical research through data sharing
and online collaboration.
- Biotechnology Industry Organization - The world’s largest biotechnology trade association.
- Civic Commons - A non-profit initiative helping cities and local governments build
and use shared and open technologies to improve public services.
- Eclipse Foundation - Created to
allow a vendor neutral and open, transparent community to be established around
the Eclipse platform.
- eHealth Initiative (eHI) - Advocating
the use of health IT that is practical, sustainable and addresses stakeholder
needs, particularly those of patients.
- European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI) - Advancing
international co-operation and dissemination of information and educational
materials related to Medical Informatics with a focus on the European community.
- IMIA Open Source Work Group - Focused on
educational, promotional and 'evangelistic' activities related to raising
awareness of open source software in health care within IMIA.
- Innovation Tools - Providing
tools and strategies designed to help busy executives be more innovative in
- IntraHealth Open - Helping to put the latest advances in open source technology into the hands of
Africans to solve the most critical health care issues of the day.
- Linux Professional Institute - Advocating, training, & certifying individuals in the professional use of Linux and Open Source software.
- Medfloss - Maintains a comprehensive database of Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects and associated activities.
- NAPHSIS Organization - Providing a national
forum in the U.S. for the study, discussion, and solution of problems related
to Public Health information & statistics.
- National Alliance for Medical Image Computing - Created to implement a robust and flexible open-source infrastructure
for developing and applying advanced imaging technologies across a range
of important biomedical research disciplines.
- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) - The principal U.S. government entity charged with coordination of nationwide health information
technology and health information exchange initiatives.
- Open Health Tools - Enabling a
ubiquitous ecosystem of the Health and IT professionals collaborating to build
interoperable, 'open' health information
- Open Bioinformatics Foundation - Focused on supporting open source programming in
- Open Embedded Software Foundation - Organized by corporations involved in developing and constructing embedded system solutions based on the Android framework & platform.
- Open Source for America (OSFA) - Raising awareness and use of collaborative, open
source software solutions in the U.S. government
- Open Source Lab (OSL) - Housing a growing number of high-impact open source development
- Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative - Sharing knowledge, materials and tools to help develop and advance patient-centered medical homes (PCMH).
- Regenstrief Institute - Conducting
R&D projects aimed at improving the capture, analysis, content and delivery
of the information needed by patients, their health care providers and policy
- Tolven Institute - Leveraging the affordable nature and quality of open source software
development to provide high quality, low cost, secure EHR & PHR solutions for consumers and clinicians.
- UN International Open Source Network - Center of Excellence for FOSS shaping its
activities around use of free and open source software (FOSS) solutions for
people and nations in the Asia-Pacific Region.
- WorldVistA - Formed to
extend and collaboratively improve the VistA electronic health record (EHR) and
health information system for use outside of its original U.S. federal
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