AEGIS Launches Open Health Tools (OHT): Advancing an Open Source Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Ecosystem Project

On February 28, 2014, Open Health Tools (OHT) held a Board Meeting which aligned with HIMSS14, Orlando, FL. The meeting was held at the Orlando VA Medical Center. Mario G. Hyland (@interopguy), Senior Vice President and Founder of, Inc. presented the concept and project charter of Advancing an Open Source Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Electronic Medical Ecosystem Project. Mr. Hyland has been an active member of the OHT and an industry leader in the testing of interoperability between Health Information Technology (HIT) systems and Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). The concept is to drive EHR advancement towards an Extensible Open Source Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Environment (Ecosystem) that will enable the development of loosely coupled integrated solutions (such as modernized workflow oriented systems). This will enable a wider community involvement by engaging open source vendors to support newer technology paradigms including Crowd Source development and support future Open Source Certification & Accreditation Programs. The OHT Board unanimously approved the charter.

However, there are numerous SOA challenges that will require a deep understanding of complex health workflow and dynamic business rules environment. This will require close working relationship with provider organization personnel, who while understanding the benefits derived from robust and resilient SOA implementations (open interface agreements) can support obtaining funding for this transformational technology. This technological advancement will benefit from leveraging another transformation testing infrastructure the AEGIS Developers Integration Lab (DIL).

OHT and AEGIS are actively trying to identify a pilot provider organization to participate in the project. Our strategy is to keep the project team small providing a low barrier to engage. Next steps for this group are to create a consortium of Collaborative and Contributing Partners and focus on developing a milestone based project plan. Our funding will entail various forms of grants, in-kind labor etc. to be realized during the course of the project lifecycle.

Benefits of this concept of Advancing an Open Source SOA Ecosystem include enabling:
• Operational and Maintenance efficiencies
• Open clinician work flow strategies
• Plug and Play Innovation
• Seamless Integration of applications
• Evolving data and security strategies
• Eco friendly solution – flexible and green
• Intelligent, robust business capabilities (rules)
• Support for concepts like Chaos factors (to ensure scalability).

Please consider joining this project and teaming with some outstanding leaders in the healthcare community. You may contact Barry Dickman (, Senior Consultant at AEGIS for information about this project.

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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