OSEHRA Receives ANSI Accreditation as SDO

Arlington, VA – The Open Source Electronic Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) is pleased to announce that it has been accredited as a Standards Development Organization (SDO) by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  This accreditation allows OSEHRA to begin utilizing its approved operating procedures to document consensus and create OSEHRA-sponsored American National Standards.

“We are very proud to have received accreditation,” said Dr. Seong K. Mun, President of OSEHRA.  “The forthcoming OSEHRA quality standard and the associated certification process will raise trust and confidence in newly introduced code, adding value and strength to the open source community.”

Don Hewitt, OSEHRA Vice President, commented, “This accreditation reflects many months of effort in establishing processes compatible with ANSI requirements.  Now the real work begins – drafting our first consensus standard on open source software quality.  As part of the SDO process, OSEHRA will be forming a Standards Work Group (SWG).  This work group will develop and maintain all OSEHRA standards and will contain representatives from identified interest groups such as clinicians, vendors, providers, government agencies, and academic organizations.”

Announcements regarding the establishment of the SWG and its progress will be available on the OSEHRA website.  In addition, detailed sessions outlining the OSEHRA consensus process, as well as the draft standard and associated certification process will be featured at OSEHRA’s annual Open Source Summit: Community-Powered Healthcare IT Solutions, sponsored by DSS, Inc., from July 29-31, 2015.               

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OSEHRA (http://www.osehra.org/) is a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating innovation in electronic health record software and related open source technology. Founded in 2011, OSEHRA has a rapidly growing community with 2,700+ members representing 160+ industry, academic, and government organizations. Additionally, OSEHRA hosts software repositories for applications such as VistA, Blue Button, HealtheMe PHR, and now popHealth®. OSEHRA is a member of global industry associations including ANSI, HIMSS, HL7, IHE, and OSI.

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Standards Work Grpup

Ioana Singureanu's picture

What is the status of the Standards Work Group?

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Standards Work Group

Don Hewitt's picture

For now, we've had to prioritize our new direct work for the VA.  The Standards Work Group is likely to start late this year as we are able to free up the necessary resources.  We also hope to gain some experience with certifications (particularly non-M certifications) under the current VA contract that will inform our discussions on the open source code quality standard (which is the first item in the queue for the consensus body).  We'll be giving plenty of notice as we start up the group.  Thanks for your interest, and feel free to contact me directly.  HewittD@oserha.org 

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