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Email Comment: Open Source Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) comments #153
[Email Comment, received on 4/11/2016 at 2:48PM ET]
To OMB Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer:
Enclosed is the pdf file containing the Open Source Health Record Alliance (OSEHRA) comments to the Draft Open Source Policy.
OSEHRA is an independent, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization established by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to facilitate the adoption of open source innovations in health IT. Since 2011, OSEHRA has shaped the community’s open source ecosystem, which has made a great impact. We may be one of very few open source organizations that sits between a government agency and the private sector, while covering both the domestic and global markets. We are pleased to have this opportunity to share our unique open source experience within a public-private partnership.
As such, we have organized an Open Source Policy Workgroup and have conducted weekly community calls to seek community insight for this response. Approximately 50 enthused participants have joined this endeavor, many from the greater open source community beyond health IT. Our resulting conversations and documents have been preserved on our website for public review.
We have synthesized the work of our team in this document. In order to offer our comments in a proper context, we have organized comments using the line numbers from the draft document. We included a separate discussion at the end of this response for the topics focused on the open source community. It is critical for the open source community and government agencies to collaborate, especially considering the numerous rules and regulations that would surely hinder progress without continued communication.
I thank our community members who contributed to this important effort. We sincerely hope that the demonstrated government leadership on this issue will ensure future government software projects are more efficient.
Seong K. Mun PhD