Spring Health IT Summit Addresses How Open Source Can Serve as a Viable and Cost Effective Solution for Health Care

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The Collaborative Communications Summit announces that Misys Open Source Solutions and other healthcare leaders will present a panel on how open source technology is gaining traction as an effective and viable health IT solution for care providers at the upcoming Spring CCS Health IT Summit taking place this June 16th -17th, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The Collaborative Communications Summit announces that Misys Open Source Solutions and other healthcare leaders will present a panel on how open source technology is gaining traction as an effective and viable health IT solution for care providers at the upcoming Spring CCS Health IT Summit taking place this June 16th -17th, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.            

As information technology in the health care industry evolves, the scope of information sharing is expanding beyond the walls of individual institutions. Achieving this level of integration will require that software models overcome a host of technical obstacles, and that they are accessible, affordable, and widely supported.

The development and distribution of open source software, a well-established software development model, is one potential solution to the looming challenges of integration. Characterized by collaboration among individuals and organizations with common interests, shared intellectual property, and a commitment to standards open source has been used in over 1,400 VA facilities and numerous healthcare systems throughout the country.

"We are very pleased to be a part of the first CCS panel to address open source at this year's meeting. We believe the best way to solve the difficult problems associated with interoperability will be made through collaboration," said Tim Elwell, Vice President of Misys Open Source Solutions - Healthcare. 'Open source development has been working transparently and collaboratively for years. Now is the time to tap into these significant resources, leverage standards, and invest in the creation of unified technology platforms. Misys is making these investments and encourages others to join with the intent of driving down costs and improving adoption."

The panel entitled, "Coming to Life: Open Source as a Viable and Cost Effective Health IT Solution," will explore open source basics, including the advantages open source presents, and how it works. The session also offers industry perspectives, explores the potential impact on EMR systems and regional health information networks, and compares open source to traditional, proprietary software.

Panelists include Alesha Adamson, Director of Misys Open Source Solutions - Healthcare, Craig Miller, Executive Director, Enterprise Solutions of Vangent Corporation and Chief Architect for the Federal Health Architecture CONNECT Initiative and Steve O'Neil, VP Information Services for Hartford Hospital, Connecticut.

The 2009 CCS Health IT Summit presenting sponsor is Honeywell Hommed. The summit Co-sponsor is RedChip Companies and Supporting Sponsors include 4medica, ARMA, CarePrecise, DSS, Inc., EDMIS, Federal Telemedicine News, Healthcare Informatics, Health Management Technology, Interbit Data, Medicity, Minerva Advisory Group, Misys Open Source Solutions, Mobihealthnews, NetMotion Wireless, Persystent Technologies, SimulConsult, SMART Association, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association and South Florida Hospital News.

About Collaborative Communications Summit (CCS):
The CCS Health IT Summit is designed to help top-level healthcare executives, legislators, physicians, entrepreneurs, and technologists come to grips with the swirling forces of health IT change, health 2.0 trends and changing business models. Addressing the impact of information technology, consumer/patient empowerment and health 2.0 trends on the hospital, physician and payer the CCS provides an intimate, high level forum that facilitates open avenues of communication. Attendees will walk away with timely and actionable information that can be immediately implemented in their respective organizations. http://www.ccsexpo.com

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