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Misys takes steps to establish open source standards in the healthcare community

Misys Healthcare Systems : 24 October, 2007  (New Product)
Misys has announced that will make the Misys Connect healthcare solution available to the open source development community.
Working with open source developers is a pioneering first step towards establishing open standards in healthcare, which will benefit all Americans. Misys Open Source Solutions, a division of Misys, was established to create and drive innovation in the marketplace; using open source to move toward open standards.

Gartner estimates that by 2015 20 percent of GDP in the USA will be spent on healthcare, yet the system is in need of radical action to deliver improved care for future generations.

Today the availability and sharing of patient information is a fragmented and labour-intensive, paper-based process. Manual processes can cause delays in treatment, increased costs and errors. Automating the process and using open standards for interoperability is a major step forward and a precursor to truly connected healthcare communities.

Mike Lawrie, chief executive of Misys said: “This is a bold step. Misys is taking a leadership position in order to enable improved patient care, deliver results for our customers and make our vision of connecting all venues of care in a local community a reality. Making Misys Connect available to the open source community is an innovative way to connect healthcare communities and advance the improvement of patient outcomes, which is critical to addressing some of the systemic issues in the US healthcare market today.”

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and founder of the Center for Health Transformation (CHT) commented: “Misys is showing remarkable leadership with their commitment to connecting healthcare communities across America. Moving towards open standards is a vital step in creating a modernized, interconnected system that saves lives and saves money for all Americans and Misys’ bold leadership in using open source is a significant step to realize that future.”

Adam Gale, chief operating officer, KLAS added: “This is an innovative move by Misys and we at KLAS are supportive of a new approach to providing physicians with the information they need. Using Misys Connect as the basis of open standards, which the open source community can develop is a positive for doctors and care-givers. Ultimately it will be the patients that benefit from real data sharing, and from vendors collaborating to connect communities.”

Misys Open Source Solutions has also joined the Eclipse Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to open source development. Misys will work with the Foundation to advance the development of their Open Healthcare Framework (OHF) project, formed for the purpose of expediting healthcare information technology.

Misys will also explore contributions to the Eclipse community that will enable the connection of key medical information throughout the entire healthcare continuum, making it accessible by care providers to increase the quality of care and decrease its cost at the same time.

Commenting on the announcement Ronald W Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell said: 'Novell has long been a participant in the open source world and we are pleased to see an application software company take the lead and start to make some of these innovative technologies available. Misys is taking a leadership position here and we look forward to continuing to work with them.'

Richard Hutsell, vice president and chief information officer, Daughters of Charity Health System, commented: “The open source decision that Misys had made will benefit the local communities that the Daughters of Charity Health System serves. Many of our communities are poor, and we work to deliver the same level of care that those more fortunate can access across America. Misys has made it easier for us to accomplish that mission by enabling faster, less expensive access to accurate patient data at points of care across our community. This is a bold, smart step.”

Randy Cox, chief information officer, Riverview Hospital, said: “Healthcare communities have been trying to connect and share data for quite some time. One of the biggest challenges we face is that multiple vendors compete to establish unique systems. The bureaucracy associated with trying to reconcile these multiple systems is a real challenge. Finally, Misys has offered a solution that lets everyone win. They are replacing bureaucracy with technology and creating a non-competitive environment. Additionally, as hospitals face the pressures of funding as much as 85 percent of the cost of electronic medical records in the community, Misys has helped tremendously by offering Misys Connect free of charge.”

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