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Shepherd University Research Corporation (SURC)





Shepherd University Research Corporation (SURC)

Shepherd University

Shepherdstown, WV 25443



Phone: 304-876-5231







Virtual Center for Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) in Healthcare


The Virtual Center for Collaboration, Open Source, and Innovation (COSI) in Healthcare is an initiative sponsored by the non-profit Shepherd University Research Corporation (SURC) in collaboration with other academic and health information organizations to improve the quality of healthcare and reduce IT costs by collaborating on the development of open solutions, and sharing resulting software and knowledge with the larger healthcare community.


One of the primary goals of the Center for Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) in Healthcare is to Lower the ‘Total Cost Ownership’ (TCO) of  health IT investments by providing ‘open source’ electronic health records (EHR),  medical software applications, interfaces, information exchange middleware solutions, related educational materials, and other needed tools.  This should help make health IT solutions more affordable and also contribute to the other goals of improving quality of care and patient safety in the U.S. 


Key Objectives are for COSI to establish a nationally recognized web site and the support needed to:

          Facilitate an ‘open source’ health information technology (HIT) software exchange

          Facilitate knowledge exchange on HIT open solutions

          Facilitate collaboration on grant proposals to develop innovative new software solutions in healthcare

          Support collaborative online community discussions about ‘open source’ HIT solutions

          Provide key links to ‘open source’ HIT news sources, studies, books, organizations, educational resources, etc.

          Seek funding sources to help accomplish all of the above.



*** HIT Search Engine



If you would like to suggest new material or links to be added to this web site, please email

Partnering Organizations


o        Community Health Network of West Virginia (CHNWV)

o        WV School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM)

o        Gateway New Economy Council

o        Corporation of Shepherdstown

o        Pacific Telehealth & Technology Hui

o        KRM Associates

o        Medical Alliances & iConecto



Open Health IT News


o       Linux Medical News

o        Virtual Medical Worlds

o        Government Health IT News

o        Journal of AMIA

o        Open Source Magazine



***SURC In the News




Shepherd University


o        About Shepherd University

o        Shepherd Academic Programs

o        Shepherd University – Department of Nursing Education

o        Shepherd Foundation

o        About Historic Shepherdstown





       - Collaboration, Open Solutions, and Innovation (COSI) -                    Other Key Links   

Architecture & Standards Activities

Public Health Collaborations

Health Information & Education

Emerging Technology


*Shepherd Health Organizations & Resources


 ** WV Health Information & Technology Portal

EHR Solutions

PHR Solutions

HIE Solutions

Specialized Medical Solutions

Other Open Source Software




Journals, News & Magazines

Conferences & Events





** VistA & RPMS

in West Virginia




** HIT Training & Certification Portal





·          IMIA Open Source Health Informatics

·          IMIA Open Source Nursing Informatics

·          AMIA Open Source

·          WorldVistA

·          Pacific Telehealth & Technology Hui

·          VistA Software Alliance

·          Open Source Health Records Exchange

·          Open Bioinformatics Foundation

·          Open Source Lab (OSL)

·          Open Source Software Institute (OSSI)

·          National Center for Open Source Policy & Research (NCOSPR)

·         UN International Open Source Network



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