This is the third year for the Skunkworks at this event. The Open Source Skunkworks concept was created for open source SMEs to collaboratively deliver a high visibility presence at major events such as EHI Live 2013.
The Skunkworks aims to deliver a range of fascinating talks and demonstrations of different types of open source software, capable of delivering significant benefit in healthcare. It is collectively delivered by its open source sponsors, who share the values and costs of the stand through co-sponsorship.
This year the Skunkworks' sponsors are Talend, Tactix4, Pymma, Basho, University of Leicester and last but not least, the OpenEyes Foundation, which is the main 'platform sponsor'.
OpenEyes is a collaborative, open source software project led by Moorfields Eye Hospital. The OpenEyes Foundation aims to produce a software framework which allows the rapid and continuous development of electronic patient records with contributions from hospitals, institutions, academic departments, companies, and individuals.
OpenEyes has been live in Moorfields for over 18 months, and is now being adopted by hospitals, ophthalmic units and non-government organisations across the world.
The stand also welcomes visiting developers and users from all types of healthcare organisations including primary, acute and tertiary sectors, equipment suppliers, government agencies, and life science organisations.
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