Due to its strong “vertical” characteristics, establishment of the Open Healthcare Framework
(OHF) project was accompanied by hard questions, difficult issues and no small amount of controversy.
Even before the technical challenges could be tackled, OHF had to define its niche in the Eclipse
Ecosystem and demonstrate its relevance to potential stakeholders in the healthcare domain.
A brief history of this formative period will be presented along with a summary of lessons learned.
Key healthcare IT drivers and OHF's related objectives will be reviewed to lay the groundwork for an
overview of the OHF architecture. We will conclude with a status report on current OHF subprojects and
presentation of the OHF Project Roadmap.
Don Jorgenson has more than twenty years of experience leading
software development projects in energy management, telecom and healthcare. Over the last six years,
Don's focus has been on healthcare information system interoperability, security and privacy. He serves
as the Eclipse OHF team's co-lead, core architect and liaison to HL7, IHE, WS-I and ASTM. Don holds a BS
degree in Engineering Science and an MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Colorado State University.
He is CEO of Inpriva, Inc.