Medicity Inc. is opening its health information exchange platform to third-party software developers to create applications that would run off the platform.

The Salt Lake City-based vendor is not placing its source code on the open source market, Kipp Lassetter, M.D., chair and CEO emphasizes. "It's not a first step toward moving to open source, but definitely defining the system as an open system."

Technically, the company, which claims access to 700 hospitals and 25,000 physician practices, will open an application programming interface to the platform. This will enable partners to develop applications--such as such as e-prescribing or pay-for-performance reporting software--that Medicity users can download and run from the platform.

The open HIE platform, called iNexx, is in testing and scheduled for general release in early 2010. More information is available at medicity.com.

--Joseph Goedert

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