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Academic Outreach
Charter Project

Project Created: 05/12/2008

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Wishing to Join the Academic Outreach Project?

  1. See: Academic Outreach Membership Structure
  2. Then: contact project lead or OHT Membership

Note: The Academic Outreach Project has standardized on the the OSI BSD license template: (see reference)

The Academic Outreach Project is composed of three major activities:

  • Education Stream (currently an active project): Is focused on the establishment and improvement of training programs in educational institutions that develop the modern HIT skills needed to advance health quality and affordability. The cornerstone of the Education Stream is the annual Academic Challenge, which focuses each year on a set of critical HIT skills. Student code developed for the Academic Challenge competition is managed in a CollabNet Education Stream code repository sub-project. In addition, Academic Outreach membership organizations may be granted access to these OHT collaboration resources to teach teamwork in HIT courses as well as train Academic Challenge teams. Finally, collaboratively-developed course training tools can be made available through an OHT Education Stream project.
  • Incubator Stream (project in planning): Is focused on the development of university-based commitment circles for formalized open source code suitable for production settings. The commitment circle is sponsored by an Academic Program Support Office within a college or university, although membership within the commitment circle may include any individual, academic or non-academic, approved by the OHT Program Support Office within the institution. The hope is that a portion of the code that originates in the Education Stream or Research Stream will be formalized into production quality code through the formal commitment circle process. This code is to be managed in a CollabNet Incubator Stream code repository sub-project.
  • Research Stream (project in planning): Is focused on the support of individual academic institutions and academic consortia that wish to submit the results of their research to the open source community. In this case, the commitment of code is managed in a similar fashion to Academic Challenge code, but is managed in a CollabNet Research Stream code repository sub-project.


The Support Programs for the Academic Outreach Project are nominally organized by National Geographies, which allow groups to self-organize locally in order to focus on strategic projects related to specific national HIT architectures. However, since health cost and quality are universal concerns, collaborations between institutions across national borders are encouraged, especially in those areas where national and international initiatives align.

Important links for the Academic Outreach Project are available from the left hand navigation area.

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Project Name Project Description
floridaintlact2011 Florida International University Challenge Team 2011
georgiatechact2011 Georgia Tech Academic Challenge Team 2011
Project News
2011 Academic Challenge Team application projects open to the public
Two university teams took up the 2011 OHT Academic Challenge:
--Florida International students created an Android smartphone app that collects and forwards home medical device data from a patient's home medical devices.
--Georgia Tech students created an informed consent application for patients deployed as PHP server-side application formatted to support tablet devices.

Click on the respective sub-project links above (Florida...; Georgia....) to download and inspect the applications. Video demonstrations for each are available on the Team sites.
drussler - 05/22/2011 6:01 AM PDT
2010 Academic Outreach Project Activities
2010 is a key year for the Academic Outreach Project (AOP). Two key streams of work have converged. OHT has increased the resources supporting all of the Projects, including the AOP. At the same time, our "pilot" First Annual Academic Challenge was held in Miami, which allowed us to learn a great deal.

The new OHT wiki site has allowed the AOP to create an Academic Challenge wiki (see In addition, the upgrade to the new version of CollabNet allows us to better serve AOP members with more project support opportunities.

At the same time, "please excuse our construction dust" while we get these sites better optimized for AOP members.
drussler - 08/16/2010 7:47 AM PDT
First OHT Academic Outreach Planning Meeting 29May2008 1pm Eastern
Open Health Tools

Academic Outreach Planning Agenda

May 29, 2008 1pm Eastern

1-888-967-2253 meeting number 635794# Passcode: 635794#

1. Introductions and current projects
a. Skip McGaughey—OHT Executive Director
b. Brian Barry—OHT CTO
c. Oregon State University
d. Mohawk College
e. Auburn University

2. Potential Projects for Consideration by the Planning Team
a. Project 1 (Research Stream)—Federated academic data centers. This project would focus on setting up data center-to-data center and data center-to-user healthcare communications over the Internet. With an active, standards-based communication program in place, tooling development that supports improved testing for privacy, security, and performance becomes possible. Federation of data center service buses into a 24X7 virtual healthcare service bus is an especially topical area of development. This research network of federated healthcare datacenters may also stimulate grant funding.

b. Project 2 (Educational Stream) —an annual OHT Challenge Grant. This project would focus on educational stimulus for the skills needed in a career in healthcare IT. For example, an automated CDA document generator for the testing of large scale IHE Cross-enterprise Document Sharing web service implementations would be both valuable to the industry and enhance skills in Eclipse-based tooling, web service testing, model based development (HL7 RIM) and the use of ontologies, e.g. SNOMED. OHT would be responsible for obtaining funding and managing the challenge. Visualized is a collection of student-based teams presenting their formally developed specifications and their OHT tool to a panel of judges and the public in an auditorium. Planning tasks for this group would include the specification of high level requirements for the Challenge Tool and the development of an evaluation process for the judging of student teams.

c. Project 3 (Educational Stream)—Definition of an Eclipse-based OHT Student SDK. This project would identify a subset of Eclipse-based development tools that would be used to teach courses in OHT tool development, to teach other healthcare IT course laboratories, and for use in the OHT Challenge Grant.

d. Project 4 (Implementer Stream)—Academic-Government Partnerships in OHT. This project would focus on tooling development projects useful to the local environment for each OHT Academic Outreach center. For example, in Alabama, Alabama State Medicaid is using an Alabama version of the HL7 Continuity of Care Document (CCD). Oregon State Medicaid is developing a program for the use of the federal Consumer Empowerment CCD documents in an Oregon record bank for personal health records. In Canada, there is now a partnership already in place between Canadian Infoway and Mohawk College around the Infoway provincial reference architecture. To be discussed is the opportunity to share tooling development initiatives that will support more than one local government among the participating OHT Academic Outreach centers. Presumably, funding may come from these local governments to these OHT Academic Outreach centers for supportive tooling development and local student education programs.

e. Additional project ideas from the members

3. Action Items
a. Register interest in specific projects—the idea is to identify which Academic Outreach centers wish to work on which specific projects. With a long list of potential projects, there is a need to focus on the specific projects that have people willing to work.

b. Identify funding strategies for each project selected. It is likely that both OHT and the Academic Outreach centers will need to provide personnel to promote funding development (more marketing and business development personnel than technical personnel, although there is a need for both groups to work closely together). Event Date: 2008-05-18 18:40:22
drussler - 05/18/2008 6:40 PM PDT
Message from the project administrators
Currently Active Content Links in Left Hand Navigation List include:
Project Home > (Research Stream; Education Stream; Incubator Stream);
Documents & Files.
administrator - 05/12/2008 8:42 PM PDT