The California HealthCare Foundation has donated open source software components for master patient index and records locator applications to the international consortium Open Health Tools, Health Data Management reports.
The applications originally were developed for the Santa Barbara County Data Exchange, which ceased operations in 2006 due to a lack of a sustainable business model.
Some software elements were written in Java, while others were proprietary. A year ago, CHCF contracted with University of California-Davis programmers to rewrite the software code using open source components.
Open Health Tools was created this spring to facilitate interoperability by groups in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the U.S. advocating the use of open source software in health care (Health Data Management, 8/11).
CHCF publishes iHealthBeat.