The TriSano project was the first government project created under the umbrella of the Collaborative Software Initiative (CSI), a private venture-funded company based in the United States. The first edition of TriSano was released in the spring of 2009. Today TriSano is in production in the State of Utah and twenty-nine of its counties, and has been downloaded for potential adoption in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and by the World Health Organization.

The financial model includes supporting two versions of the TriSano product; one version that is free and open source (TriSano Community Edition), and a second which is commercially supported (TriSano Enterprise Edition). The latter includes additional documentation and training, support for installation, and support for customization. Revenue and associated code enhancements from from the Enterprise edition are used to feed back to continuously improve upon the Community edition.

The project was conceptualized through the need by a public agency to solve a critical information-sharing problem and a business interest in demonstrating the efficacy of this public-private partnership model. The governance model was designed to support a balance of interests public, private and non-profit. Now in its third year of development, the early direct investment of funds by the private firm and the contributions of public health information technology domain expertise thus far appear to have created a viable, sustainable application and growing community.

The complete TriSano case study is available at the CENATIC oberservatory web site and is provided courtesy of the author, Deb Bryant.