CONNECT Open Source Advocates to Gather

The Federal Health Architecture initiative in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mayo Clinic will host the CONNECT Code-A-Thon to continue work on the CONNECT open source gateway software that aids in linking to the emerging nationwide health information network.

Software developers will convene Sept. 21-22 in Rochester, Minn., to fix bugs, improve code, enhance documentation and make other improvements to the application. CONNECT is downloadable networking software with three components:

* Gateway, which implements nationwide health information network specifications for secure data exchange over the Internet;

* Enterprise Service Platform, which enables an organization to plug practice management and electronic health records systems into a framework to communicate with the Gateway; and

* Universal Client Framework, a platform to develop end-user applications that support meaningful use in lieu of a full-blown EHR.

CONNECT includes one or more open source applications for each of the components, plus some private vendor tools such as IBM/Initiate Systems' master patient index software.

Information on the Code-A-Thon and CONNECT is available at

--Joseph Goedert


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