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SaMoLo in Government Open Source Projects. Lessons from the CONNECT project. A Nation ’ s Call to Action.

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Samolo in government open source projects

SaMoLo in Government Open Source Projects

Lessons from the CONNECT project

A nation s call to action
A Nation’s Call to Action

“We’ll be on our way to computerizing all of America’s medical records, which won’t just eliminate inefficiencies, save billions of dollars and create tens of thousands of jobs – but will save lives by reducing deadly medical errors.”

– President Barack Obama, February 4, 2009

What is connect
What is CONNECT?

CONNECT is a software solution that supports health information exchange.

CONNECT uses Nationwide Health Information Network standards and governance to ensure HIEs interoperate with other current and future exchanges.

CONNECT can be used to:

  • Set up a health information exchange within an organization.

  • Tie a health information exchange into other HIEs including the Exchange.

Federal health architecture collaborative mindset seeded connect
Federal Health ArchitectureCollaborative Mindset Seeded CONNECT

FHA ensures Federal participation in ONC-led initiatives

  • E-gov initiative managed by ONC within HHS

  • 20+ federal agencies participate in FHA

Connect open source project since date
CONNECT Open Source Project Since (Date)

CONNECT was “released as open source code” to keep costs low and to promote widespread adoption to encourage health information exchange.

FHA enabled cross-agency collaboration, aggregate + coordinated benefits

Use of open source tools accelerated development

Open source community contributed to development

CONNECT is in the midst of transitioning to a fully open-source community-driven project.

Spectrum of government open source projects
Spectrum of Government Open Source Projects

Project Uses Open Source Components

Source Code “Published”

Government-Sponsored Open Source Project

Open Source License

Source Code Hosted/Available

Open Source Project that Originated in the Government


Technique used in Agile software projects to guide project or sprint retrospective

“Same As”

“More Of”

“Less Of”




Samolo same as
SaMoLo – Same As

  • Open and broad collaboration

  • Honesty

  • Leveraging common needs

  • Openly expose the release planning

  • … and requirements …. and the process

  • Hybrid balance between funding and non-funding partner requirements!!

Samolo more of
SaMoLo – More Of

Up-front investment

- Coding standards!!

- Flexible infrastructure

- Structured, defined, and understood internal and external communication plans

- Definition of roles and governance

Sustained investment in community

- Dedicated technical resources to outreach and nurturing of the community (tricky labor category?)

Acknowledgment that you – your office, your program, and your contract support – are going to REALLY expose yourselves – process, quality, risks, issues, results

Samolo more of1
SaMoLo – More Of

Long-term planning – discuss the exit strategy early. And know that it will change.

Samolo less of
SaMoLo – Less Of

Caveat: These did not occur with FHA/CONNECT, but in general are behaviors that need to be set aside when you’re running an open source project



Tolerance of dissention/posturing among collaborating contractor teams – the only focus should be support the mission, on the project faces risk

Upcoming community events
Upcoming Community Events

June 28, 2012 (11am)

Webinar on GitHub

July 2, 2012 (1pm)

Next sprint planning meeting

August 1, 2012CONNECT Release 3.3.1

August, 2012

CONNECT Code-a-Thon

Samolo in government open source projects