Misys Leads Industry with Bold Open Source Move

Misys plc, the global application software and services company, took the lead in innovation by announcing that it will make the Misys Connect healthcare solution available to the open source development community. Working with open source developers is a pioneering first step towards establishing open standards in healthcare, which will benefit all Americans. Misys Open Source Solutions, a division of Misys plc, was established to create and drive innovation in the marketplace; using open source to move toward open standards is a great step forward.

Gartner estimates that by 2015 20% of GDP in the United States will be spent on healthcare, yet the system is in need of radical action to deliver improved care for future generations. Today the availability and sharing of patient information is a fragmented and labor-intensive, paper-based process. Manual processes can cause delays in treatment, increased costs and errors. Automating the process and using open standards for interoperability is a major step forward and a precursor to truly connected healthcare communities.

Mike Lawrie, Misys plc Chief Executive said: “This is a bold step. Misys is taking a leadership position in order to enable improved patient care, deliver results for our customers and make our vision of connecting all venues of care in a local community a reality. Making Misys Connect available to the open source community is an innovative way to connect healthcare communities and advance the improvement of patient outcomes, which is critical to addressing some of the systemic issues in the U.S. healthcare market today.”

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and founder of the Center for Health Transformation (CHT) commented: “Misys is showing remarkable leadership with their commitment to connecting healthcare communities across America. Moving towards open standards is a vital step in creating a modernized, interconnected system that saves lives and saves money for all Americans – and Misys’ bold leadership in using open source is a significant step to realize that future.”

Adam Gale, Chief Operating Officer, KLAS added: “This is an innovative move by Misys and we at KLAS are supportive of a new approach to providing physicians with the information they need. Using Misys Connect as the basis of open standards which the open source community can develop is a positive for doctors and care givers. Ultimately it will be the patients that benefit from real data sharing, and from vendors collaborating to connect communities.”

Misys Open Source Solutions is also announcing that it has joined the Eclipse Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to open source development. Misys will work with the Foundation to advance the development of their Open Healthcare Framework (OHF) project, formed for the purpose of expediting healthcare information technology. Misys will also explore contributions to the Eclipse community that will enable the connection of key medical information throughout the entire healthcare continuum, making it accessible by care providers to increase the quality of care and decrease its cost at the same time.