Tolven - A Widely Adopted 'Open Source' Health IT Solution

The Tolven Platform is one of the more widely adopted open source solutions for healthcare information technology globally. Tolven clients in Europe, North America, and Asia are leveraging the breadth of solutions the Tolven technology provides to support their needs.

Tolven was founded in February 2006, and is focused on the design, development, and delivery of a unique open source solution for the secure storage of healthcare and life science data that embraces industry and technology standards.

Tolven provides professional services that support the adoption, deployment, and customization of its open source solution. Tolven’s customer base reflects a business model that allows them to reach out and support a wide range of clientele such as major academic medical centers, smaller community hospitals, clinics, independent software vendors, systems integrators, and pharmaceutical companies - in the U.S. and around the globe.

By delivering open source solutions to the healthcare and life sciences communities, Tolven provides a truly extensible and affordable platform and series of applications with global applicability that allow healthcare  organizations of all sizes to:

  • Foster collaborative development, and resource sharing
  • Build on an extensible application footprint
  • React to rapidly changing client needs
  • Adapt to various clinical & technical environments
  • Facilitate fast interface development
  • Promote the reuse of software components
  • Contribute to the rapid spread of innovation
  • Enable new business models that are innovative and sustainable
  • Facilitate peer review and better quality assurance through openness & transparency
  • Lower total cost of ownership

The open source Tolven Platform enables you to store, index, and semantically map all clinical information for use by Tolven applications or any other applications that use the services provided by the Tolven Platform. It provides a secure ONC-certified solution consisting of the following major components:

  • A Healthcare Informatics Platform that enables all healthcare data to be stored and accessed, using industry-standard technologies and data models.
  • An electronic Clinician Health Record (eCHR) that enables healthcare providers to securely access healthcare information collated from any number of trusted sources relating to an individual patient in a structured and easily accessible way.
  • An electronic Personal Health Record (ePHR) that enables consumers to record and selectively share healthcare information about themselves and their loved ones in a secure manner.
  • A Health Analytics solution that enables all data stored in the Tolven Platform to be extracted or analyzed for statistical purposes.

Some of the more recent news articles posted on Open Health News (OHNews) related to Tolven include the following:

Isansys Lifecare's "Patient Status Engine" & Tolven's open source EHR
OHN 2012 Readers Choice: Most viewed 'Open Source' eHealth software
Seven 'Open Source' EHR Systems Certified To Date [Updated]
Novartis Trials Patients Know Best
Seed Money Still Flowing for Sonoma County Startups

   * Links to other news stories are posted on the Tolven corporate site.

Finally, in addition to the Tolven corporate web site, remember to take the time to visit the collaborative Tolven 'Open Source' Project community web site.



Tolven’s progress would not

Tolven’s progress would not be possible without support from our partners who develop and implement a variety of solutions on the Tolven platform. Developers in partner organizations have collaborated to augment the Tolven open source code line either directly or through supplying insights regarding needed extensions of the code. The Tolven 2.1 code release included a major set of functionality that was required to satisfy the Meaningful Use certification requirements in the United States. Because of Tolven’s international reach, Tolven developed the required plug ins so that they meet a variety of needs for users outside of the United States as well for users in the US.

Tolven’s determination to develop a variety of applications on the same infrastructure has leveraged the concept that all electronic health record applications, in order to be interoperable, have to have essential elements of Health Information Exchange. Thus, the Tolven infrastructure has continued to be used for HIE activities in several countries. These various “personalities” of expression of the Tolven code would not have been possible without the employment of the Tolven account mechanisms as well as the effective combination of the “nucleotide bases” of the Tolven DNA: documents, placeholders, lists, and rules. Adherence to the HL7 Reference Information Model with bindings to standard vocabularies and standard data types contributes to the interoperability that is essential for the sorts of HIE value-added activities that depend on a robust analytical data base.