HP is a founding member of the Clinical Context Object Workgroup (CCOW) and the Andover Working Group
. Both organizations focus on developing standards-based interoperability between healthcare applications.
The software environment the Andover Working Group has created is called the Enterprise Communication Framework.
Although this technology has not been released to the commercial market, Harrington says the first versions have been distributed to core members of the Andover Working Group. Some providers are doing evaluation prototypes as well, Harrington notes.
And other object-oriented technology groups, such as HP's Andover Working Group and the Microsoft Healthcare Users Group's Active X for Healthcare, are working with each other -- and with HL7 -- to help move the industry closer to plug-and-play computing.
The ability to share such data among different systems has been improved by the work of the Andover Working Group, founded by HP and now including more than 200 vendors and others interested in promoting standards-based interoperability in health care computing.