openEMR Successfully Completes IHE Connectathon Testing

The Possibility Forge and Mandriva successfully completed the testing requirements for openEMR at the 2007 IHE Connectathon in North America. To connect and share information openEMR uses IBM’s Open Healthcare Framework (�OHF�). The Possibility Forge and Mandriva, using OHF, represent openEMR, the first open source electronic medical record system to participate, and successfully complete the interoperability standards at the IHE Connectathon.
The IHE Connectathon is a health care industry collaboration event, where the IHE constructs independent testing to validate and verify vendors claims of interoperability. The IHE Connectathon consists of pre-tests for participation eligibility and four days of rigorous testing. openEMR successfully completed the Connectathon testing with the second highest number of successfully completed tests among all 140 participants, and the highest for an open source electronic medical record. Participants at the 2007 IHE Connectathon include: Cerner Corporation, Epic Systems Corporation, GE Healthcare, IBM, McKesson Information Solutions, and Toshiba Medical Systems, among others.

The Possibility Forge and Mandriva will again collaborate with IBM to use the OHF at the European IHE Connectathon in April 2007 in Berlin, Germany.

openEMR is a web based, open source electronic medical record which provides patient medical record, prescription writing and medical billing. openEMR allows health care providers and patients the opportunity to securely enter and view health record information.

The Open Healthcare Framework is an open source project of the Eclipse Foundation whose purpose is to enable proprietary or open source health care systems to share medical information. Applications using OHF include BlueWare, Inc., CapMed and openEMR.

The Possibility Forge based in Utah provides custom software development and consulting services for open source software such as openEMR and Compiere. Mandriva is a Linux distribution headquartered in Paris, France with offices worldwide.

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