Free Software Builds on Federal HIE Initiative

Joseph Goedert | Health Data Management | March 21, 2011

Two leaders of the federally-funded CONNECT initiative to develop open source, downloadable health information exchange software now head a new foundation created to take the lead in promoting and expanding use of the technology. From the beginning, the government's plan was that a private sector organization would eventually take over management of CONNECT so the initiative could be more open to all participants in addition to federal agencies, but that hasn't happened until now. David Riley, president of The Alembic Foundation in Falls Church, Va., and Vanessa Manchester, COO, served as top staff for CONNECT in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.