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[News] Chances of Healthcare Done with Free Software Improve

  • Subject: [News] Chances of Healthcare Done with Free Software Improve
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 11:33:56 +0100
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HealthAlliance restarts open-source desktop project 

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| Auckland health shared services unit 
| HealthAlliance has resuscitated efforts to 
| develop a standard desktop based on open-
| source software, but CIO Phil Brimacombe 
| says it looks as though the District Health 
| Boards will never be able to divorce their 
| desktops entirely from Microsoft.
| First mooted in 2005, the open-source 
| desktop idea, seen as potentially relevant 
| for all DHBs, was âput into mothballsâ in 
| 2009, owing to many higher-priority 
| projects, Brimacombe says.
| [...]
| âThereâs no way we could be Microsoft-
| free,â says Brimacombe, âbut we expect a 
| hybrid solution will still lower our total 
| cost of ownership.â


Here's How Much Money Your Hospital Could Get For Computerizing Records

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| To get that money, however, hospitals have to 
| meet certain criteria drafted by the federal 
| government. Since Medsphere's e-health 
| software is free -- so-called open-source 
| software that you could download from home -- 
| the firm is hoping to turn a profit by 
| helping hospitals set up e-records and meet 
| those federal requirements. They developed 
| the calculator as a marketing tool to show 
| potential clients that much of their fees are 
| offset by the stimulus cash.



A Healthy Move for Open Source

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| What's interesting here is how different
| projects from around the world are being
| brought together to be applied to a new
| problem. This kind of re-purposing is one of
| the great advantages of free software, since
| it's not necessary to ask permission or to
| negotiate impossibly complex licensing
| agreements to do so, as would be the case with
| traditional software. Let's hope we see many
| more such applications.

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