Sun Software Key to Electronic Medical Records Network
Sun open-source software, including GlassFish and Java technologies, will be the backbone of a national network designed to offer a secure technology platform so public and private health agencies can exchange electronic medical records and other information over the Internet. Creating a more efficient and secure way to exchange such medical information will lead to better patient treatment and improved public health, supporters say.Sun Microsystems is partnering with the federal government to help create a secure technology platform to connect federal health agencies and private heath institutions to the National Health Information Network. The goal of the NIHN, which has been under development for almost two years, is to offer a secure and efficient way to exchange health information over the Web between federal agencies, private institutions, and local, state and tribal health groups. Supporters say the network should improve patient care and population health.
At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference in Chicago April 6, Sun announced that a host of its open-source software is being used by the federal government for the gateway that will connect the 26 member agencies of the NIHN to the network's infrastructure. It's been dubbed the Connect gateway.