IBM has pledged royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development and implementation of selected open healthcare and education software standards.
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The selected standards will cover web services, electronic forms and open document formats in a bid to improve interoperability and remove the obstacles to education and healthcare service delivery caused by the proliferation of incompatible document formats and proprietary technology.
The move follows IBM’s pledge of 500 software patents to the open source community earlier this year.
The company said its new initiative was aimed at supporting the “complex ecosystem” of shared information and helping the healthcare and education industries improve service quality and cut costs.
Neil de Crescenzo, vice-president, global healthcare at IBM Business Consulting Services, said, “Healthcare remains one of the greatest challenges for our society and our economy worldwide. Many industries are transforming, using open software standards to create a powerful platform for innovation and industry growth. Our initiative can help do the same for the worldwide healthcare industry.”
Sean Rush, general manager of IBM Global Education Industry, added, “We are calling on others to join us in promoting the development and adoption of truly open software standards.”