Open Health Tools and HIMSS to Collaborate on Supporting Healthcare Standards Development, Conferences and Resources

Press Release | Open Health Tools (OHT), Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMSS) | February 13, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC and CHICAGO, IL -- Leaders of Open Health Tools, a nonprofit trade association that uses health IT to promote worldwide health and well-being, and HIMSS, a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare, have agreed to collaborate on several fronts, including the use of open source technology, conferences and resources, such as whitepapers and webinars. This collaboration will result in a new effort to deliver healthcare industry-specific guidance and non-proprietary solutions that aid in enabling the national vision of secure and seamless exchange of health information.

“Open Health Tools looks forward to joining with HIMSS to provide real-world value and accelerate innovation through health IT infrastructure and tools that enable better care and better health at lower cost,” said Dr. Rob Kolodner, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Open Health Tools. “This collaboration is another step toward our future vision of an agile, ubiquitous health IT ecosystem capable of responding to the rapidly evolving functional and interoperability needs of a Learning Health System.”

“Integration and interoperability of healthcare information has been a HIMSS strategic priority over many years,” said Jim St.Clair, Senior Director, Interoperability and Standards, HIMSS. “This collaboration with Open Health Tools adds another pillar of support to our 2012 priority to offer open and extensible tools to our membership and stakeholders to fulfill the national vision of interoperable heath technology.”

Initial collaborative activities include support to the HIMSS Interoperability “tool kit,” currently under development; collaboration on projects such as an OHT-IHE joint user interface project and joint IHE-Patient Care Devices OHT interoperability extensions for telehealth and telemedicine. The groups have also agreed to author joint whitepapers.