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Open EHR standard launched

4th March 2006

An open-source community has produced the first blueprint of an international electronic record standard that they hope will be used by software developers.

The OpenEHR foundation, a not-for-profit company formed in 2003 by staff at University College London and Australian company Ocean Informatics, released the blueprint in February. The aim of the project to make EHR technology adaptable and futureproof

OpenEHR, which has around 700 members in 66 countries, stresses that it doesn't exist to produce software, just the architecture to base it on; members are free to use the scheme as they wish and under the license agreement, the software products they produce do not have to be open source as well.

The project aims to integrate with terminology and messaging systems such as SNOMED-CT, HL7 v2 and EDI-FACT, as well as existing PAS systems.

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