Why Transparent Health Was Created

Over the past few years, I've begun or contributed to a number of open source projects.  These have mostly been centered around health technology while supporting the Unites States federal government agencies such as CMSHHS, and NIST.

TransparentHealth.org and https://github.com/TransparentHealth were first created as a place to consolidate these open source projects into one place.  Other people seemed to like the idea.  Not only is open source software a good idea, but so is the adoption of open standards.  We made facilitating the adoption of standards a priority as well.

To ensure the long term maintenance of these projects and goals it became increasingly apparent that software foundation was needed.


Hence Transparent Health was created. In April of 2018, Transparent health became a non-profit organization.  The directors of the organization are Mark Scrimshire, and myself.  Other people are helping out too. We are just getting started!

We encourage your code contribution to our current projects. We also provide a good home for select open source projects. We curate included projects based on its relevance to patient access, openness, and the maturity of the project.

There are a number of reasons why you or your organization might consider contributing code.
Here are a few of those reasons:

  • You or your  organization wants to amplify impact by making open source contributions more visible and in a shared location.
  • You or your organization would prefer to manage the repository outside of  existing accounts.  (There are a lot of situations where this makes sense, but I won't go into that here.) 
  • You and your organization can still maintain and manage your repository.
  • Your uncertain that a useful repository will be removed from public view  and you want to make a copy.

If you would like to discuss your project's inclusion, please call +1 202-503-4228.


Let's all work together to improve the patient experience through sharing, openness and transparency.


Alan Viars, Director
Transparent Health


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