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[News] Public Healthcare Gets More Free (GPL) Software

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PRISM, Public Health Entry Into Open Source

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| An application developed and deployed by the Florida Department of Health's 
| Bureau of STD is Public Health's entry into the Open Source effort. Licensed 
| under the GPL, the Patient Reporting, Investigation, Surveillance Manager or 
| PRISM application an application designed for the management, surveillance, 
| and reporting of infectious diseases aligned with the efforts of most public 
| health programs. Its design to use automated work flows, business logic, 
| external tools like Electronic Lab Reporting, are all part of the 
| efficiencies and cost savings that are critical in a modern public health 
| program.         



A prescription for lower costs

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| McKesson Corp. is a multifaceted healthcare company, a large distributor of
| pharmaceuticals and a thriving developer of healthcare-related IT systems.
| Its software and hardware are installed in more than 70% of U.S. hospitals
| with more than 200 beds, and handle everything from billing and scheduling to
| capturing MRI-machine images and preventing dangerous drug interactions. For
| the last five years, the company has used open source technology to deliver
| products at lower cost and greater speed, says Randall Spratt, executive vice
| president and CIO. After seeing open source, Spratt considers it an essential
| part of McKesson's product development strategy.


LinuxWorld: Health care IT solutions

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| At the LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, McKesson CIO Randal Spratt
| explains why his company deploys its health care applications on Linux. He
| says these applications are scalable, affordable on tight hospital budgets,
| and reliable--making better patient care possible.



McKesson First to Offer Red Hat Enterprise Healthcare Platform

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| As a leading provider of technology solutions to the healthcare
| industry, McKesson has been at the forefront of innovative
| technologies, deploying many of its advanced Horizon Clinicals
| applications on Linux running on Intel-based hardware. Hospitals
| with these deployments have already realized cost savings of up
| to 60% compared with traditional system deployments.



Next Gen, Mission-Critical Apps To Be Deployed on Linux Says Report

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| By now it should be obvious to even the most casual industry observers
| that Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general -
| have reached critical marketplace mass. Recent Linux deals and
| announcements by Oracle and Microsoft have only reinforced the "open
| source is enterprise-grade" message that IBM, Unisys and other "Master
| Brand" hardware, software and services vendors have been preaching for
| years. In short, open source, especially Linux, is becoming "legitimized"
| by the major vendors for enterprise environments, and user executives
| are more than happy to believe them.


CIO study finds Linux ready for prime-time

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| The company predicts a steep rise: only 18 percent of businesses
| will be using Linux in business-critical roles by the end of 2007.
| "Linux operating systems - and open source-based software in general
| - have reached critical marketplace mass," said the study's authors,
| Bruce Guptill and Bill McNee of Saugatuck Research.

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