OurStory

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OpenELIS is being used by U.S. Public Health Laboratories and Global Clinical and Ministry of Health Laboratories

  • Global Laboratories
  • Haiti
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Viet Nam
  • India (In Process)
  • U.S. Laboratories
  • Iowa Hygienic Laboratory
  • Missouri Public Health Laboratory
  • Minnesota Public Health Laboratory
  • UC Davis – National Primate Research Center (In Process)

Our Story

The OpenELIS Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 corporation that supports a global community of professionals in laboratory science, public health, health informatics, and software development whose mission is to develop open source community based solutions and thereby support the informatics needs and best practices of environmental, clinical, and public health laboratories.

The OpenELIS laboratory information system was created through the collaborative work of three U.S public health laboratories to design and develop an open source laboratory information system for U.S. public health laboratories. The application was then enhanced and optimized by the University of Washington to meet the unique requirements of global clinical laboratories. The original design was based on “Requirements for Public Health Laboratory Information Systems”, which was published from a collaborative project completed by 25 state public health laboratories, the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), and the Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII), with funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The OpenELIS Foundation provides a governance structure that supports contributions of new functionality to the OpenELIS application, while ensuring that all contributions meet standards for quality and functionality. By ensuring a common program code base, the OpenELIS application can be more easily implemented by a larger number of public health laboratories in the U.S. and globally.

The OpenELIS Foundation recognizes that the Laboratory Information System is a key infrastructure component necessary to track samples and specimens of public health interest from receipt through final test results. The final test results are often critical to proper treatment of patients and for surveillance activities to track the extent of, and response to public health risks.

Support for public health laboratories is the focus of the OpenELIS Foundation and the OpenELIS application software. The Foundation supports public health laboratories and their efforts to improve the health of all people, particularly those most vulnerable to disease outbreaks.