Standards are becoming an increasingly important issue for Linux and other open source projects, and there are a number of organizations focused on open source standards. The best way to illustrate the value of The Linux Foundation and other open source standards organizations is to look at some examples of successful standards that have emerged for Linux.
Last April at HIMSS in Chicago, Intel participated in the IHE showcase , which is essentially a huge "plug fest" for healthcare vendors promoting interoperability in healthcare. Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) is an initiative by healthcare professionals and industry to improve the way computer systems in healthcare share information. The IHE process delivers a set of interoperability "profiles", which are comprised of established standards to address specific clinical use cases.