MOSS (Misys Open Source Solutions) has come into it’s own as a force both within FOSS and within it’s chosen domain of interoperability.
MOSS is led by Tim Elwell and Alesha Adamson, they could often be found at the interoperability showcase where they performed as one of the few PIX/PDQ services.
At this conference especially Tim was instrumental in helping the FOSS community communicate it’s concerns to CCHIT. This speaks volumes about the transition of Misys as an suspect outsider to not merely acceptance as a legitimate FOSS community member but a leadership role within health IT FOSS. .
The MOSS implementation is probably the most mature available under a FOSS license, and will soon be in the running for the title of best under any license. I can say that if they are overtaken it will only be another FOSS project that could catch them and there are several good projects who might.
Probably the most significant evidence of this dominate role was the muted announcement by the CCHIT Laika project that the MOSS project, along with Mirth, was selected as one of the testing tools for coming interoperability tests.
MOSS is also formalizing it’s offering for those organizations who are attempting to do serious clinical data interchange. I regularly use Alesha for informal sanity checks for my own HIE ideas, and every time I do I regret that we do not have the budget to bring MOSS in to provide a more formal structure. Compared to other HIEs I usually feel efficient but when I hear about the MOSS offerings I feel like I am doing all of the right things but flying by the seat of my pants.
Hopefully I will get Tim to let me replicate some of the graphics from his handout about the MOSS CobIT-based offering.. and here it is!! MOSS HIMSS 09 handout…
In the meantime here is a shot of Alesha at the Allscripts booth at the interoperability showcase.