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Thread: OpenSource and Health Records

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Fairfax, VA
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    OpenSource and Health Records

    Just thought of sharing a tangible example of the desirability to approach most of the reforms this country (US) needs from the open source perspective.

    Affordable way to improve Health Records

    Created with several billion dollars in taxpayer funds over two decades and used in more than 1,400 VA facilities, the source code is in the public domain, meaning software developers around the world can freely build features into it. Add the cost of hardware and the services of a company that has adapted the VA software for commercial use, and Midland paid less than $7 million for a full electronic medical-record system
    Philosophy doesn't get the work done...the success of Linux Community resides on its ability to listen to the people's demands and transform them into software faster/better than the alternatives

  2. #2
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    Feb 2008
    Hamilton, Canada

    Re: OpenSource and Health Records


    Open-source EMR is definitely the way to go, once they can assure clients that it is empirically safer than proprietary versions.

    As Linux users, we take that last statement for granted, but it's harder to convince people when money is on the line.

    Most commercial EMR software charges clients several hundred dollars MONTHLY per console... it adds up!

    I'd love to market this... heh heh.

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