Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) Uses Sun's Open Source Technologies For Secure Health Data Exchange

Bill Vass, president and COO of SunFed, had a great blog entry on how the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) and 20 organizations have been collaborating to create a secure and interoperable health information infrastructure that will connect providers, consumers and other parties that support the healthcare system in the US. Their ultimate goal is to provide improved access to quality healthcare at a lower cost. You can read more about it here: http://blogs.sun.com/BVass/

Sun's entire open source middleware stack was used in this project as its foundation, including:
OpenESB - https://open-esb.dev.java.net/
GlassFish - https://glassfish.dev.java.net/
Project Mural - https://mural.dev.java.net/
Project Metro - https://metro.dev.java.net/
NetBeans - http://www.netbeans.org/
MySQL - http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/

The goal: To show how electronic patient records can be shared across key government agencies seamlessly and securely and more importantly, to successfully demonstrate how the healthcare industry can be transformed by enabling access to patient history, medications, tests and previous medical procedures.

Early Adopter: The Social Security Administration announced last month that beginning in early 2009, they will start receiving medical records for some disability applicants electronically through the NHIN gateway. The Social Security Administration is the first government agency to utilize the NHIN gateway.

Partners: As a part of the NHIN project, strategic healthcare partners are developing services using Sun's open source development tools and contributing code back to open source communities, making them available to other companies and government agencies. Check out the links provided above for more information!

Upcoming events where you can find Sun's technologies in action:
- The Military Health Systems conference, January 26-28, 2009 at the Sheraton, Crystal City, Virginia  http://wbresearch.com/militaryhealthusa/
- HMMS Conference, April 4-8, 2009, Chicago, Il,  http://www.himssconference.org/
- Veteran's Administration Event, June 2009, location To Be Announced

With a new administration and the healthcare stimulus package, we expect 2009 to be an exciting year in federal healthcare!

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