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The Tolven Institute

The Tolven Institute is developing a healthcare platform with the assistance of developers around the world. The informing vision of the Tolven Institute founders is to develop the most innovative health informatics and service delivery solutions, with global applicability. The Tolven Institute will accomplish this goal by leveraging the affordable nature and quality of open source software development to provide high quality - low cost secure electronic health record solutions for consumers and clinicians alike.

The open standards and open source business model that the Tolven Institute has adopted facilitate rapid collaborations with other open source developers working in the healthcare and life science marketplaces. These collaborations will accelerate the vitally necessary integration of healthcare and life science solutions available in the marketplace.

Membership is the essence of governing the Tolven Institute. Membership is open and free to anyone with the inclination to participate in the governance of the project. Membership privileges include the ability to contribute to the development of modules, components or templates, to download and use the Tolven Institute open source code, and to stay informed on matters of concern to the Tolven Institute.

The Tolven Institute's software is distributed freely to the open source community under GNU LGPL license terms.

The Tolven Institute benefits from the contributions of the following members of the Tolven Institute Governing Board.  Collectively, the Governing Board provides guidance and leadership on administrative matters relating to release schedules, licensure, intellectual property enforcement and overall operating principles of the Institute.  

John Celi

John Celi is a partner in Accenture’s Health and Life Sciences practice, and has worked on the technical architecture and delivery side of large complex systems for 18 years.  He was the chief architect for two years at Accenture’s National Health Service (NHS) project in the U.K., and currently is the lead technical architect on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) project to develop and evaluate a prototype for a nation-wide Health Information Network architecture.  Additionally, John serves as the division leader for the technical architecture group in Health and Life Sciences in North America.  Mr. Celi has also worked extensively overseas, including four years in Asia/Pacific, and eight years in Europe.

W. Ed Hammond, Ph.D.

W. Ed Hammond is Professor-emeritus, Department of Community and Family Medicine and Professor-emeritus, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University and Adjunct Professor in the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is a Past President of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He has twice served as the Chair of Health Level 7 and is Vice Chair of the HL7 Technical Steering Committee.  He was Chair of the Data Standards Working Group of the Connecting for Health Public-Private Consortium. Dr. Hammond was a member of the IOM Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards.  He served as President of the American College of Medical Informatics and as Chair of the Computer-based Patient Record Institute. He served as the Convenor of ISO Technical Committee 215, Working Group 2 for 6 years and is currently ISO TC 215’s Ambassador to Developing Countries. He is a founding fellow of ACMI and a founding fellow of AIMBE. He is a member of the National Library of Medicine Long Range Planning Committee and a member of the Healthcare Information Technology Advisory Panel of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Dr. Hammond was awarded the Paul Ellwood Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and the ACMI Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence in November 2003.

Charles Mead, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Mead is a Senior Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton with over 30 years of experience in digital signal processing and algorithm development, complex software systems and architectures, and healthcare and life sciences informatics.  Dr. Mead has experience in clinical trials methodologies and data management systems, application of the Unified Process, and fundamental healthcare and life sciences informatics issues including terminology management, application of the Health Level Seven (HL7) Reference Information Model (RIM), use of Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) standards such as SDTM and ODM, the JANUS data model, and Oracle’s HTB development framework.  Dr. Mead serves as a Subject Matter Expert and Senior Technical Advisor.

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