Organizations


Selected non-profit organizations focused on collaboration, 'open' solutions, and innovation in health care:
  • 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 their businesses.
  • 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 systems.
  • Open Bioinformatics Foundation -  Focused on supporting open source programming in bioinformatics.
  • 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 communities.
  • 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 makers.
  • 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 NetworkCenter 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 government setting.
* 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.



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