Members of the OpenELIS team gather to cheer for the launch of the new electronic laboratory information management system. The electronic information system for laboratories came full circle on Jan. 1, 2012, when the State Hygienic Laboratory launched its first phase of OpenELIS. This unique Enterprise Laboratory Information System (ELIS) is built using source code that is freely available ("open source"); hence the name OpenELIS. The original design for the project was started by a team of public health professionals from six states. Versions of the design now are running in three US public health laboratories, Haiti, Vietnam and The Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).