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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