Real Life Experiences Balancing a Viable Vendor Eco-system with Open Source Community

Short Form


Experiences balancing Open Source Community and a viable vendor/consultancy model to promote a sustainable eco-system.


This talk will share my experiences over more than a decade of working with OpenEMR, and now with the project, running as a viable services vendor in tandem with an active open source community, while trying to balance both interests (“profit” of the consultancy along with sustainability of the OSS project).

I have helped start and mentor dozens of other vendors and fostered straight-up volunteer community contributions and I wish to share the successes and failures in both areas.

More recent opportunities have been merging two diverse communities that forked from OpenEMR and OpenMRS into one new community with a need to build a strong eco-system in a new way that can work internationally.


FOSS OpenEMR LibreHealth Community

Speaking experience

I have spoken at OSCON, POSSCON, OSEHRA, OS Bridge (unconference) as well as dozens of Health industry specific conventions. I am also a writer on


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    Tony McCormick, Software Freedom Conservancy, Medical Information Integration and Vircon Solutions


    Tony McCormick has worked in various health IT care related activities for the last 30 years, including Medical Practices, Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations and charity clinics.

    He is on steering committee of the project, an open source health IT community, and integration manager for the LibreHealth EHR project.

    He is the CTO and President of Medical Information Integration,LLC in Oregon ( and Technical Director of Vircon Solutions, Ltd, in Ireland ( Projects include work designing and developing data collection systems for the health care industry using open source based solutions.