IBM has promised royalty-free access to its patent portfolio for the development of selected open healthcare and education software standards.
The standards, which cover web services, electronic forms and open document formats, aim to improve interoperability and remove the obstacles to education and healthcare service delivery caused by incompatible document formats and proprietary technology.
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IBM said it wanted to support the healthcare and education industries' "complex ecosystem" of shared information and help them 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, said, "We are calling on others to join us in promoting the development and adoption of truly open software standards."