AEGIS to Host the June 2014 – Open Health Tools (OHT) Board Meeting


On June 13, 2014, AEGIS will host the quarterly Open Health Tools (OHT) Board Meeting in its Rockville, Maryland Office. Open Health Tools operates as an open source community where members of the Health and IT professions can collaborate to build interoperable systems that will provide users with access to patient and medical information. AEGIS is an active member of OHT and an industry leader in the testing of interoperability between Health Information Technology (HIT) systems and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs).

AEGIS continues to participate in several chartered projects within OHT including a custodial role with the CONNECT Open Source Project. The OHT-CONNECT Project is an open source software development project which aims to unify efforts underway across the country that are based on or extend the CONNECT software solution.  CONNECT was initially developed by federal agencies to support their health-related missions and has subsequently served as a baseline reference platform for numerous open source projects.  Using nationally-recognized interoperability standards, CONNECT enables health information exchange within an organization, linking an organization to a network of similarly enabled organizations that leverage the CONNECT software. The OHT-CONNECT Project will provide the community setting to unify these ongoing efforts into a single implementation expanding health information interoperability capabilities of the entire community.

AEGIS is also the Project Lead for the Advancing an Open Source Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Ecosystem Project. The SOA Ecosystem Project aims to drive EHR advancement towards an Open Source SOA Environment (Ecosystem) that will enable the development of loosely coupled integrated solutions (such as modernized workflow oriented applications). This will enable wider community involvement by engaging vendors to support newer technology paradigms including the development of Certification & Accreditation Programs and Crowd Sourced Open Source Certification.

Please contact me at barry.dickman@aegis.net for more information about our involvement with the open source community.


About Barry Dickman

Mr. Dickman is an accomplished Executive Consultant with 25+ years as an accomplished industry thought leader with experience in Health Information Technology, Program & Project Management Support, Standards & Interoperability, Enterprise Architecture, Business Development, Strategic/Business Planning, Client Relationship Building, Acquisition Management, Software Development and Requirements Management. He is a hands-on cross-functional leader who energizes and managed the successful delivery of consulting services and information technology solutions to the Federal and commercial markets. Mr. Dickman is responsible for tactical implementation and quality assurance of solutions and services. He supports various activities and communities of interest with senior-level consulting services with the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Health Agency (DHA), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health & Human Services (HHS) on health information technology initiatives, including the electronic health record and health information exchange. He helps to ensure that projects & staff adhere to a process improvement approaches embodying the AEGIS CMMI-appraised process methodology ultimately providing clients with the essential elements of effective processes that improve their performance. As an effective communicator and leader, Mr. Dickman consistently demonstrates his ability to institute and carry out initiatives that drive positive change, improve efficiency and increased profitability. He brings extensive experience, functional knowledge and management skills to all consulting assignments. Prior to joining AEGIS, Mr. Dickman held senior level positions helping to create business solutions that help meet the healthcare industry's top challenges. Mr. Dickman has authored numerous papers, articles, newsletters and blogs. He graduated from the University of Maryland holds a Masters in Health Services Administration Masters of Health Services Administration from The George Washington University, School of Business and Public Management. Mr. Dickman currently serves at the President of the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) – National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter.

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