An organization established to build interoperable, open-source healthcare applications took another step toward beginning the projects it will work on.
The Walldorf, Germany-based Open eHealth Foundation announced that it has obtained not-for-profit status and named executives. The foundation, launched in February during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual conference, was started by Agfa HealthCare, InterComponentWare and Sun Microsystems. Alexander Ihls, 44, was named president and chief business development officer. Richard Golden is chief operating officer. Lindsy Strait, chief technology officer of healthcare and life sciences at Sun Microsystems, is serving as chairman of the board.
The foundation will begin its projects by implementing open-source software components that can search patient information in healthcare records, based on standards developed by current Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise technology profiles. The foundation said that it hopes to present results during the HIMSS 2009 annual conference next April.