Interoperability Institute Joins Hands With Healthcare Enterprise, Red Hat To Create InterOp.Community

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  • InterOp.Community will provide standards driven interfaces for the common components in modern healthcare systems
  • The initial stages of deployment of InterOp.Community are already underway

Interoperability Institute (IOI) announced that it has joined forces with Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) USA, Interopion and Red Hat to create InterOp.Community, an emerging effort to advance the healthcare interoperability agenda with the use of open platforms and open-source software.

It said, “IOI presently supports Interoperability Land, a safe, collaborative, simulated healthcare environment available in the AWS Marketplace, but has increasingly realized the need to advance an open-source complement to that environment not only to engage and support the development community, but to convene stakeholders from across the Health IT (HIT) landscape interested in advancing health interoperability.”

A sandbox is a virtual environment that allows collaborators to design, test and prototype software in an isolated manner. This allows them to innovate with all the tools of the enterprise environment and none of the overhead. InterOp.Community will provide standards driven interfaces for the common components in modern healthcare systems such as electronic health records (EHR), hospitals, health information exchanges (HIE), labs and insurers, serving as a technology incubator to advance global and interoperable health solutions. The initial stages of deployment of InterOp.Community are already underway. The sandbox is expected to be launched during the second quarter of 2021.

Advanced interoperability testing and development

Mary Kratz, Executive Vice President of Interoperability Institute said, “IOI is delighted to be working with IHE USA, Interopion and Red Hat on this new alliance. We welcome others that share this enthusiasm for openness, transparency, trust, and eagerness to join this effort as co-equals to build upon and advance this community asset. IOI is committed to an open ‘meritocracy’ consistent with thriving open source communities, as well as commercially friendly open source licensing.

“This would assure that participants and consumers alike would have access and latitude to use the outputs of this work as they see fit, including commercial and academic purposes. Together, we are working diligently to launch this shared digital space that will allow for advanced interoperability testing and development across different organisations and systems.”

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