ONC Posts Connect 4.0 Open Source HIE Tool

Tom Sullivan | Government Health IT | February 12, 2013

Continuing to advance its health information exchange offerings, ONC posted Connect 4.0 on Monday and the latest iteration brings the HIE platform closer to a day when ONC might turn it over to the open source community. Connect is essentially gateway and adapter software designed, in conjunction with Direct and Exchange, to enable secure health information exchange.

“Connect has not been managed as a typical open source product might be managed, so we’re trying to move more in that direction,” Lauren Thompson, director of the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) within ONC said during the HIT Policy Committee meeting on Feb 6. As such, the latest iteration of the open source HIE platform takes a modular approach, Thompson explained Monday on the Health IT Buzz blog, that “allows users to pick and choose which components they want to use in their IT environment.”...