Monday, February 14, 2011

Notes From Hawaii on Open HIT System

I’m finding it surprisingly hard to write a blog while enjoying my prolonged winter stay in Hawaii.  But I do want to pass along a couple of quick observations from paradise.  

Over the years, Hawaii has given rise to a number of individuals and organizations that have played a key role in collaboratively developing and implementing innovative ‘open’ health IT initiatives. I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge them. They include the Pacific Telehealth & Technology Hui ( and the University of Hawaii Telecommunications & Information Policy Group (  They continue to be leaders in the field of interoperable and open source health IT solutions and have willingly shared them with other states. I know several states and territories such as West Virginia, California, Oklahoma, American Samoa and others have benefited from the work being done in Hawaii.

Has your organization or state taken advantage of the work being done in Hawaii on innovative ‘open’ health IT systems? Their work with the VistA and RPMS electronic health record (EHR) systems and other open source or public domain software solutions?

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