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Sun Applies OpenESB in National Health Information Network

Posted by editor on April 10, 2009 at 7:36 AM PDT

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is applying Sun Microsystems software, including the Open Enterprise Service Bus (OpenESB), in constructing the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN). finchannel, the open source information site, describes NHIN as "a secure, open technology platform to connect federal government agencies and health information exchanges in a "network of networks"--the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN)--built over the Internet."

Sun said:

the goal of NHIN is to support the secure exchange of interoperable health information within the federal government and with the tribal, state, local and private sectors to enable increased efficiency, better patient care and improved population health.

The NHIN site says the agency seeks to achieve its objectives by:

  • Developing capabilities for standards-based, secure data exchange nationwide
  • Improving the coordination of care information among hospitals, laboratories, physicians offices, pharmacies, and other providers
  • Ensuring appropriate information is available at the time and place of care
  • Ensuring that consumers’ health information is secure and confidential
  • Giving consumers new capabilities for managing and controlling their personal health records as well as providing access to their health information from electronic health records (EHRs) and other sources
  • Reducing risks from medical errors and supporting the delivery of appropriate, evidence-based medical care
  • Lowering healthcare costs resulting from inefficiencies, medical errors, and incomplete patient information

Progress is well underway. Bill Vass, president and COO of Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc., said:

"The federal government has built a working prototype capable of being deployed across multiple agencies in a matter of months with minimal costs. The open nature of the IT foundation is critical to ensuring that government can work with the private healthcare sector to revolutionize the nation's healthcare system."

As fkieviet noted in today's featured Java Today story, "The adoption of OpenESB by NHIN is a great success story for OpenESB: not only is OpenESB a key piece of infrastructure in the project, it also shows the power of open source development."

The OpenESB project is creating a platform for Business Integration, Enterprise Application Integration, and SOA, based purely on open standards (for example, JBI and Java EE). A variety of interoperability standards (SOAP, WS-*, XML) are supported, something that will surely be helpful in integrating data from dozens of federal agencies. OpenESB is available for download in the form of GlassFish ESB, which is "a distribution of the core runtime and the most essential components, all thoroughly tested and adhering to the minimum set of systemic qualities."

If you're interested in OpenESB, visit the About OpenESB page. A video introduction is also available.


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Our lead Java Today story is fkieviet's note about OpenESB in the news: NHIN: "There has been a lot of news coverage about Sun's participation in Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN)... The adoption of OpenESB by NHIN is a great success story for OpenESB: not only is OpenESB a key piece of infrastructure in the project, it also shows the power of open source development. For the past months, developers working on the NHIN project worked together with and in the OpenESB community to build their solution using OpenESB."

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The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is applying Sun Microsystems software, including the Open Enterprise Service Bus (OpenESB), in constructing the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN)...