September 15, 2010 – The Federal Health Architecture initiative in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mayo Clinic will host the CONNECT Code-A-Thon to continue work on the CONNECT open source gateway software that aids in linking to the emerging nationwide health information network.

Software developers will convene Sept. 21-22 in Rochester, Minn., to fix bugs, improve code, enhance documentation and make other improvements to the application.

CONNECT is downloadable networking software with three components:
 Gateway, which implements nationwide health information network specifications for secure data exchange over the Internet Enterprise Service Platform, which enables an organization to plug practice management and electronic health records systems into a framework to communicate with the Gateway Universal Client Framework, a platform to develop end-user applications that support meaningful use in lieu of a full-blown EHR.

CONNECT includes one or more open source applications for each of the components, plus some private vendor tools such as IBM/Initiate Systems' master patient index software.

Information on the Code-A-Thon and CONNECT is available here.

This story originally appeared on HealthData Management.